Hope you all are doing well these days.
Anyway something kept me awake last night and got me thinking.
While this year has been devastating in terms of production of films for most people. I have to admit that it has been really good for me as far as producing something, because my team and I were able to make two music videos, shoot two pilote tv series episodes and a bunch of smaller projects in between.
I'm really happy because the projects that I usually work on leave me a lot of space to try new things but at the same time we're always short on time. So whenever we get a new project I always try to do something new like try a new shot, a new way of showing the story, maybe something that has to be planed out or anything that we haven't done before bit it's a good situation to try and learn.
With the last couple of projects I was really happy because a steady cam shot with a little more complex action that had to be timed and I was really happy when we did it with only two takes and two rehearsals at the same time I used the chance to break up the story timeline and show it in a non linear way and it worked. Which was something I've been wanting to do but didn't have the chance.
On another project there were a few other things that I wanted to try and they actually all worked out perfectly.
But here's the thing. I'm definitely not complaining about not having time or energy or something along these lines because I do and I can always find a way to squeeze in time for a cool project.
The problem is the frequency. Projects or at least projects where I and my team can really do something and learn or advance ourselves don't come along often. Which means that it takes a long time until we can do something.
I try to learn constantly and this year I've even learned a new language and a bunch of other things but I don't really have a chance to use my knowledge.
I'm always learning and right now I'm learning how to do 3D animation in blender and how to compost things in Nuke and I'm learning about story structure and how to advance myself as a screenwriter.
The thing is I'd love to do even more interesting projects but the problem is projects need funding which is most of the time non existent. If you want to grow and evolve you need to keep pushing the limits but at the same time there's only so much you can do without a budget.
At the same time you can't just finance everything yourself since even in normal times you had to make a living which of course takes time. Now these days with corona rampaging around making a living just got a couple times harder not to mention just doing a project you want to try.
Anyway I'm interested in hearing how you guys get to push the limit and keep yourself growing and advancing in the film industry.
What do you do to keep the wheels rolling and how do you bridge the gap between having to make a living and keeping things going in the right direction.
But most of all how do you grow and learn at times where there are no chances to do so.
So I wanted to hear some input form people and maybe learn something in the process.
Greetings to all