Personality types…

Every time I start a film project, in the back of my mind is the eternal question; in hindsight, and five years from now, how will I reflect on this project? Its a hard question I know, but the older you get the more important it becomes….

The ideal answer is obvious: I was creatively challenged, I learned a LOT, as an artist I grew by the experience, there was minimal stress (unless it served to push creative and/or deadline boundarys), and the project was successful. And thats where definition of terms is most crucial – exactly how do YOU define success?

I have met many people that spend a lot more time thinking about how their project might well crash & burn, meet critical death or even worse; never be started let alone finished. I always then ask them, “So given all that, what is success for you?” Internally I think they have obviously invested a lot of negative thought on the worst case scenarios, but how will you know when the reverse is true: “please, PLEASE, define sucess for me?”

And you know what? Nine times out of ten they havent even thought about how or what it would mean to be sucessful, on their own terms let alone anyone elses… oh the dichotomy! They who are their own worst enemies…

So where am I going with all this? Well I have a theory. When I meet most directors for the first time I always think to myself, “so this is your first, second or nth film… and for me this is number XX – the last one, 30 Days of Night, was number 17 (where I have been autonomous in running things) and number 26 in terms of just being involved… and if you count all the short films, TV series & documentarys the number is probably getting upwards of 50…

My point is not too brag with how old/experienced I may or may not be, but to try & draw some kind of conclusions as to the personality types attached to the creators of those 50+ projects & how, by identifying their personality types & modus operandi early on I might well be better equipped to help make the project run smoothly…. a worthy aspiration if ever there was one!

So I presume anyone reading this is already picturing the last five ‘clients’ they dealt with – the good, the bad & the latent three year olds… By the time i write the conclusion/part two of this little proposition, if you feel where I am coming from please email me with your observations. And note, the point here is not to be critical, god knows some of the best art is made by the most tortured souls… but if you have to help that tortured soul express themselves sonically, best not confuse them with a first timer/eyes wide open type, or the genius/positive-encouragement-while-getting-exactly-what-they-want-types…

I know you know what I mean!

And as with reviews, you will always learn the most from the best 20% and the worst 20%, so let me have it, vent away!

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