Create New Connections
Connections? Yes my boy, all the best and worst starts then you open your mouth. Like you, it or not but this is all about how you communicate with you business people. I’m not mentioning actors this is an essential key. Now remember if you will not convince even your gaffer or a sound man, people will screw you just for fun!
Don’t be afraid to make new connections. Actually there are no “NEW” or “OLD” connections – people are people, don’t create illusions in your head! Dynamic doesn’t mean that you must dump everyone after “using” them, it means you must support and maintain your connections, periodically.
You must be equally honest and clear with both types, without any discrimination. And remember, “A new friend can worth 10 old!” This is a positive line so don’t stand still, create new connections and multiply them in the hierarchy. And you will rule the WORLD (as I)!
Keep them with you
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You must always keep your connections in mind. If you forget someone, that doesn’t mean that somebody forgot you. Backup contacts from your telephone on a separate flash card, you know, mobiles sometimes have “bugs”. Send birthday cards or emails to remind them that you have not died in a hurricane in Kansas. Also, create a hierarchy scheme in your office program and keep it handy.
Be careful! Vampires!
No, I’m not talking about creatures who drink blood or shoot vampire movies. It’s people who are sucking your life energy out of sheer pleasure. Avoid them. Try to connect with people whom you like to speak with. If you see a vampire that sucks your energy, try to “dump” him off. Of course, not directly and literally, just cease contacting him.
The “Energy ball”!
If you find a partner who suits you, prepare for exchange. Create an energy ball! I mean, don’t annoy them by always asking questions and “grabbing” their mental “sources”. Give them your energy, and it will return to you two fold! And it really works! If you see that your partner is in a bad mood, or devastated, try to “invest” your positive sources into him, and it will reflect back automatically, but with double the power! Be positive!
Be honest and clear
If you see a new possible partner, try to be honest from the get-go, don’t pretend to be “something”. I mean, we are all actors but there’s no need to over act, it’s a dead end. People will regard you as a cheap charlatan and get turned off!
Create A Movie Crew
A crew is your “body”. Creating a movie crew is like creating your own body. Like a movie director, you must unite people under one organized command or you’ll fail in all your movie projects, and people will never go back to you. That means your career will crash for a long-long time, or even forever. It may sound ominous, but it’s realistic.
Therefore, before directing a movie, you must determine what you will do and how you will do it. First of all, you should ask yourself: “Do I really have steel nerves and patience, or not?” If you’re fragile, if you find it hard to adapt, if you’re afraid of unexpected changes and unpredictable situations, if you’re nervous and have no clear ideas about what to do in the next step, boy, all bets are off!
This is maybe more psychological than technical, but you must know the golden rules to overcome all obstacles. I’ve gathered the common rules that might help you work for yourself. However, you must acknowledge that there is no “successful movie director formula”, or “recipe”, it’s just advice that can help you develop what you already have.
Before the rehearsal, write an extended character development of your movie script, print it out, and give it to all your actors. The actors must like their roles and know all the particulars about the characters.
Write a plan that lists all the steps. Before entering the shooting zone, learn all the steps. Make a plan A, a plan B, and maybe a plan C.
Write all the necessary questions down on paper, learn them and then burn it. Yes burn it, and never carry it with you on paper, only in your head. If you speak with people with that paper in hand, they will regard you as mad.
Don’t be ashamed to ask your first assistant “how to make it better”, or “how it works”. It’s his responsibility to provide you with advice during the shooting process. By the way, we’re all learning as we go; even if you have an amazing theory, but no practice, it can crash in one second.
Never say things like “I don’t know,” “I have no idea”, “something like that”, “check it out yourself”, or “I don’t care”. These negative words will only show to others that you’re not interested in your own movie project, which is paradoxal and silly coming from a movie director.
Create a positive atmosphere. A movie director is like a live generator. If you fail in some steps, don’t blame your crew or actors. It’s better to find the humor in it and try it again.
Never abuse your actors for wrong actions, just try to explain the role in different terms again.
After every shoot encourage your actors and operator staff saying, “You were great!”, or “Good job!”
Don’t forget about lunch time. Provide the food and water yourself. Eat the same food as everyone else to instill the notion that you are all part of the same crew.
Sometimes give your crew a decent break period. For example, allow them an extended break if they just participated in a very long and sophisticated shot, engaged in dangerous stunts or acted in harsh weather conditions. Never give your crew unreasonably short breaks. Don’t be a slacker and don’t waste your time just showing how “powerful” or “merciful” you are.
Don’t buy any unwanted stuff, even if you’re working with a big producer who has a $300 million budget.
Remember the names and telephone numbers of all crew members.
Don’t create pets or/and scapegoats!