Learning is not about the goal, it’s the journey…

You should never be surprised where and when learning happens. While working on a recent long-term project, I quickly learned that I had underestimated several key aspects of the shoot and subsequent edits. In the end, however, the product never suffered and the client was happy so all’s well that ends well, right?

For me (and by extension for Toy Box) the answer to that question is a resounding ‘No!’

Not even close.

So, I sat down with Mark and Ian and we did a post-mortem on the project. Having partners who are insanely talented really helps the process of figuring out what’s what in a project and where improvements can be made. During the discussion one thing became very evident; clearer communication needs to happen all the way through the creative process. That is where I fell short.

In the end, we came up with strategies that will address the problems we had and make for better post-production next time.

Partnerships are key in this business. No one is good at everything. Knowing your strengths and the strengths of those on your team is crucial. One of the keys, I believe, is to surround yourself with those who are passionate about their craft.

I love learning, no matter how it happens.