Our guest speaker was film producer Stephen Hegyes. Here’s a link to his IMDb page:
There were several important points I drew from his talk:
- sharing info – your production process goes much smoother AND you learn a lot more by sharing info and ideas freely. Ed Catmull, in Creativity, Inc., has a lot to say about this, too. I feel this sharing speaks of confidence in yourself as well as a willingness to help others.
- asking for help – this is certainly a weakness I have and I was glad to get some encouragement in this area. basically, in any big project, you’re likely going to have to ask for help anyway, so you might as well get used to it.
- having discipline, a regular work ethic – self-explanatory really, but I feel it ties into the notion of putting in the requisite time of honing one’s craft. regular, focused work ultimately means more efficient development and this applies to a specific project as well as to one’s craft overall.
- the importance of having a clear vision – tied into our work on our vision statements
- “why am I not in production?” – daily question becomes a way to focus priorities – the answer turns into your ‘to-do’ list.
The rest of our class was focused on Strategic Planning, and the first stage Situational Assessment. Crucial to this stage is the ‘SWOT’ analysis: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. We have to apply this procedure to analyzing a project idea we’d like to develop. I’m still working on mine.