In this month’s podcast, I answer some great questions regarding the industry’s attitude and give you first-hand advice on how to stay motivated, how to lead and inspire your crew, and making the best out of difficult personalities and situations. Topics include:
- Tips for on set leadership, building trust and confidence
- Breaking incorrect perceptions about your experience or abilities
- What keeps me motivated and why I strive to inspire my crew
- Pushing your comfort zone and challenging yourself
- How I’ve created good working relationships in difficult situations
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Thank you to everyone who submitted questions for this month’s Inner Circle podcast. Just a reminder that you can submit more questions here-
Sensei Shane, I’m looking for some wisdom on how to be a better leader on sets (especially as DP). What are some things you like to do to rally the troops? Sometimes I run into older crew who perceive that I’m very inexperienced because I look younger than I am. This tends to effect their productivity and/or work quality. In that situation, what would you suggest to help build trust and confidence with that kind of crew members? It’s not about me being liked but delivering work with excellence.
Hi Shane, I have a question about the attitudes of crew in the film industry. I recently got my first my camera trainee job on a BBC Children’s TV comedy/drama and I’ve been so excited to be there and loved everything about it. However, I’ve been massively surprised to see how many members of the crew don’t like their jobs. I’ve had so many comments about how they remember when they were young and giddy like me and how I’ll soon become cynical and heard so many people talk about how they can’t wait to get out of work and how depressed they are to be there. I was so shocked to see people act like this when we’re working in a job that so many people work so hard to break into (I myself worked on unpaid micro budget films for nearly 3 years until I got this job). I guess I’m just wondering if this is just normal human nature to work? Or is it possibly because it’s only a children’s drama with not much creativity or exciting scenes? As I just can’t imagine the crews on massive exciting feature films being the same but maybe I’m wrong. Thanks! These podcasts and the Inner Circle as whole have taught me such a ridiculous amount over the last year and have improved my own cinematography and general understanding of the film industry so much!
Hi Shane, I’ve been bumming around the film and tv industry in Australia off and on for 20 years. I’ve done corporate videos, low end TVCs, short films and other projects in different capacities. I’ve never been able to quite go full on in the industry (part is the size of our industry, a lot of it is me and my family commitments – I don’t want to make excuses). Anyway, I want to make a huge commitment and go in guns blazing and make my own indie feature and see what happens and hopefully make a full time career/lifestyle. But, in the back of my mind I think, can I continue to get up at all crazy hours, spend 14, 18, whatever hour a day, for weeks and/or months at a time to get the film in the can. Is motivation always a problem in the industry? It’s a tough industry – fact. Do you ever wake up in the morning and say, “man, I wish I could stay at home today” or are you so passionate and motivated, you can’t wait to jump out of bed and go make a movie today? Do most high end filmmakers feel this way? Or am I just kidding myself and I need to move on to a different career (but I always come back to film)? What’s the secret to staying motivated? Thanks Gene.