Why is teamwork important when working on a film production?
In the film industry, to make a great film requires a great team. Even the term, ‘independent film’ is quite ironic, in terms of team work, everyone part of the film is working collaboratively. When a film is being planned for production, the team will be able to ensure that scenes are do-able and will cause a mountain of issues, during shoot and post production, as everyone will have to agree on the affirmed idea. Each team in every department, work together to produce a masterpiece. This is when an idea, faces enhancement as each interpretation by each member is unique. This individual uniqueness results in a unique film, all the ideas will be blended into one. Even, in the art department, the idea is transferred and it up to the art crew, to make props that show the main aesthetic of the film well, but also is not too predictable and remains in-tact to the plot. The great thing with the art department is that creativity is submerged, especially when the film is fantastical. When the film is purely fantasy based, the unique ideas unifying, draws the audience very well,
for example: Alice Through the Looking glass (2016) and Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Tim Burton is truly a genius, with his extremely distinct artistry, in the films he directs. But, it is to say, that the artwork in the modern Lewis Carroll adaptation, the art department truly excelled. The characters were humanly cast, yet the art work truly minimised that element to make them appeal that they came from a fairy tale. Work like this, could come from one person, but these masterpieces, from the scenery to the costumes, would have most likely have been a collaborative piece.
When it also comes to post production, the editing team have to work together to make sure the best shots are being put together, to ensure that there will be more positive feedback.
How did you develop good working relationships with your crew members? Give examples
The main thing I would say that I developed is my interaction and expression of ideas. This was very prevalent during the editing process. When choosing the shots, the background music, I ha to be able to measure which shots were the most useful and how these shots could make a more dramatic and ominous effect. since, it was a team effort, I made sure that my interpretation was spoken of to my partner, to make sure that they saw the shot in another perspective and vice versa. Since, we were able to work well, as both our ideas became unified (as we both agreed on certain shots) made the editing process much quicker,.
Were there any problems you needed to overcome? Give examples
Before actually editing, I made an assumption that the person I was working with may have not been serious or would have played around during the editing process. If this were to happen, we would not have gotten any editing done and the ideas would have been prolonged until the next month. On the day, my prejudgement, did change and since this person was actually willing to work in a team, the process moved very smoothly. It is important to have prejudgement, to make possible considerations for any events, though it is important to rely on them, especially when you do not know the person. If the person is not very open-minded, it could cause unnecessary conflict in the pair and henceforth, the assigned role may be done to the best of your ability.
Luckily for myself, I was able to push off the prejudgement very quickly, due to an open mind.
What qualities are needed to work well with others on a film production?
TI believe that the team must consist of honesty. When working on a film piece, there is higher chance that games do not want to be played, as the more time you leave for the three stages of production, there would be a domino effect, in terms of promotion and scalability. Even during production, all opinions must be portrayed honestly , whether or not the team take it lightly, it is not to hurt anyone but to help improve the who project.
In a team, all roles should be shared equally and all tasks should be done at the same rate and quality. If one team member had work completed at excellent standards in contrast to another team member, it would require more time for the other team members to fixate the quality of the pieces, hence the schedule for the film may be delayed.
At the same time, work that is being made should not be taken credit by another member, nor should it be thought of. This may separate the team, as the reward is not being awarded justly. A good team member takes appropriate credit, but would never think of taking credit for someone else’s work.
An important characteristic of effective work teams is the shared capacity. Every member has areas of strength and some weak spots. A good team would be able to provides unique skills and/or knowledge that move the team forward, as each strength and weakness than one team member will have will the team member’s opposite.