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Teamwork

Teamwork

Teamwork is the essence of film making. Each person holds a function requiring different aptitudes in order to reach a common goal. From production, directing, sound, set design and till assembly, each department is of great importance for creating a final uniform project.
For many reasons, teamwork is far more efficient as opposed to individual work.
First of all, there are two crucial points to be considered : The different perspectives as well as the different capabilities. The world of cinema is diverse and this is why there exist particular studies for each domain of that activity. The required knowledge varies from one area to the other.That is why teamwork, well getting along and good communication, are crucial points in realizing a project. Different mentalities as well as different cultures, once shared, are key to exploring and limitless improving an idea. We all have different opinions and that is why, listening and understanding each other, enhance a film project, and guarantees it, once released, to be more intersting and captivating to the public.

It is obvious that one person on its own, cannot simultaneously handle all functions together. That is why we must learn how to cooperate and work in a team. It has been demonstrated that a well mahaged teamwork is a far superior asset. For instance, solving a problem is far easier due to group involvement strength and innovation.

Here attached is an article about teamwork in genera: https://cogswell.edu/blog/importance-collaboration-teamwork-creative-industry/

In the field of movie making, everyone has to keep to their strict function in order to ensure a good common spirit. That is why the work is executed in a hierarchic manner.

The film director makes the artistic decisions, the producer provides the financing and organises the overall project. The rest of the team members must abide by the rules and directives given them according to their specific line of competence. But beyond hierarchy, collective work and ideas sharing give life to a project.

I strongly believe that you must listen to your colleagues opinions to improve the work efficiency.
As a film director, I believe that respect is what ensures the best team achievement. Everyone is important even at the lowest scale of responsibilities.You have to give proper indications, and make sure everyone is in agreement and that their individual concerns are taken into consideration.

What I like best in the film making activity, is working closely with team people around me and reaching together the same goal. Each person’s effort contributes to the final result. Each person brings an energy and a personal experience that create the full team dynamism
My own past experiences have proved to me that an idea can only be innovative if shared among other collaborators and thus improved. That is why for a project to be successful, you must know how to choose your team members, depending on their ability to innovate, to share and most of all, to well behave within the team. Good behavior and respecting the social rules and limits, are what it takes for getting along and keeping a pleasant spirit and ideal work ambiance.

Every project is different and therefore requires a team with different competence and capabilities.. You must properly evaluate each oerson’s professional features such as to ensure an eficient working environment.
This is a Harvard’s article dealing with the above subjects https://hbr.org/2016/06/the-secrets-of-great-teamwork

In the end, we all live in community, and tha above remarks not only apply to the world of Cinema, but also to life in general. Whether politicians, businessmen, artists, writers, intellectuals or workers etc..the same basic rules must be observed for getting successful results.
The world of Cinema is one that particularly requires a strict application of those rules, which then, create the best atmosphere and complicity among its members.

Alice Guy Blaché (1873-1968)

Alice Guy Blaché (1873-1968)

Sometimes the people who have the most impact on us are not known to us. But the fact that they were forgotten does not mean that they did not left big marks on history.
The person I choose to write this blog on is someone only few have heard about, but certainly everyone should have: Alice Guy Blaché. She was a french director and one of the first people to ever use narrative in cinema after attending the Lumiere screening at the Grand Cafe in 1895 (Blaché 1986: https://isbnsearch.org/isbn/9780810831049 ) because she saw something in this new invention, the “cinematographe”, that barely anyone saw at first: the power to create stories. Her movies were also the first ones to use zoom ins and she experimented with audio very early. This visionary attribute is firstly one of the many reasons why I admire her but also how her path towards 20 years of movie making began. By suggesting short movies as a way to sell more cameras to her boss at the age of 23 she went from being a secretary to head of production and directing at “Gaumont” for 10 years, before she was forced to leave everything behind and move to the US. But she made the best of the situation and created her own production company SOLAX in 1910 and shot over 1000 movies (McMahan,2002/ https://isbnsearch.org/isbn/9780826451576)

Another aspect is the fact that she literally grew up between two worlds: In a rich colony in Chile and in France. Her family lost everything eventually but nevertheless it did not stop her from finding something she was passionate about and filling her life with it.
As a woman she had to work double as hard to be recognized but despite the difficulties she still made beautiful and innovative movies that influenced a lot of people, especially woman who made 60 percent of the audience during her time (McMahan, 2002).
I especially admire her style of leading a production. She used the director unit system, a hierarchical but cooperative way to shoot movies ten years before others adapted to it and always followed her own style of directing. Movies like “The consequences of feminism” were way ahead of her time. Furthermore, she was also a pioneer of the Location House Style, meaning the conscious use of indoor and outdoor locations. She lived in times where a lot of things were developing and she was aware of that and wanted to be a part of it which also makes me feel connected to her because I have a similar feeling here in Berlin.

However, all of this are only small details about her but might help to understand how hard she must have worked to follow her passion. She build everything she achieved herself. I think she did very important work and would have deserved to be acknowledged for it during her lifetime but through her innovative work and the people she trained (Bossetti, Feuillade, Menessier) she lives on and finally got re discovered during the past years. https://www.thevintagenews.com/2017/12/15/alice-guy-blache-film-director/ ). Unfortunately it was very hard to find all informations on this incredible woman because only few of her movies have been preserved but it motivates me that we live in times that are ready to reevaluate history and have a different perspective on it.

 

Global Citizen

Global Citizen

GLOBAL CITIZEN

 

I always considered myself as a world or global citizen.

I grew up in a family having a mixed culture between Lebanese, German, French and American, which are very different one from each other. Furthermore, I have travelled and lived in many countries and immersed myself in diverse ways of thinking and of living. Food, humor, celebrations, languages, politics, history is how the different cultures are expressed.
Our overall education also is directly influenced by the culture in which we grow up.

Culture is an understanding of different point of views. Mixing ourselves with people from different countries is what creates diversity and a large scale of understanding of the world. What I learned during my travels, is that we are all different and that we don’t have the same believes or abilities, so our needs are different according to the place and people we are surrounded by.

When I visited Kenya in Africa, I met a community called the Maasai, who were living in the middle of the savanna and had to deal with dangerous animals on their daily life bases.
They had some relevant knowledge about it because it was the only way for them to protect themselves but also because they would view these dangerous animals as sacred. Their culture and knowledge are different from mine due to the needs of the place they live in. They had some dancing rituals, were growing their own vegetables and lived in small handmade houses. What impressed me is how fulfilled they were with what I would consider almost nothing. Their simplicity was respectable, knowing that as a French native I had more then what I needed and come from a background of over-consummation. I think the reason most of them considered themselves happy is that they don’t have materialistic culture we do have in Western countries. More infos on the Maasai tribute here. The values of this community inspired me and I wish I could transcript their emotions in a documentary in the future.

The cause I will always defend as a global citizien is the fight against racism and discrimination. We all evolve in different ways and did not decide where we were born. Being all different in this world, is in fact what makes us stronger and more savvy. Diversity is what makes the world interesting. We have to learn from each other because we all have different capacities and thoughts. Having a negative judgment on someone’s color, sexual orientation or physical traits is complete nonsense because we do not choose our physical envelope, but we do choose who we want to be or become, or how we want to behave.
Every soul contributes to the world with their differences and we tend to learn a lot from other people’s past and background. I am a global citizen because I learn when being surrounded by different people and because I use communication with others to grow my own knowledge.

I learn from the unknown and I use it over frames and stories. This is also one of the reason I like documentaries. As a filmmaker I want use what I learned during my travels and get as much information as I can from experiences of others and through research.

Furthermore, the very way we as global citizens see relationships, has changed. For our Generation it has become normal to share our lives with thousands of people online and who we talk to, become friends with or love is no longer limited to our closest friend group or the place we live. I like to share with the others my own way of thinking and also like to listen to the others point of view on various topics and ways of living. Traveling abroad is for me the best way of opening my mind and connect to earth. I like diversity and think that this is what the world is about and will be over the next generations.

I would like to now show a few examples of movies that involve different cultures and ways of understanding. Movies that inspire me and my future work:

An English documentary series called “Outside man”,I watched on Netflix in which a man experiences all types of cultures in different countries such as South Africa and Russia: link here. This movie inspired me because it reminded of the different experiences I made in different cultures.

At the moment I am actually writing a documentary, in which I would mix myself with the locals in various countries to show the way they live, show their believes and rituals. Travelling abroad to present new topics to my audience, that are not usually discussed in the medias. For example: I would like to meet people in different countries and follow them with a camera to show their daily ways of life and how they behave in different situations (birth, sexuality, opinions, relationships etc..).

Another example of a fiction series is “SENSE 8” which confronts characters coming from different places around the world.(link for more informations on the series here). This series puts in situation relationships between persons who have lived each very differently. The locations, as well as the cast is cosmopolitan and inspires me for the future projects I would like to realize.

In film making what I like the most is to mix differences in order to create variations to my stories. From a person to another the perspectives are not the same and according to it, we can create conflicts and attractions between movie characters. I have always been inspired by real life characters for my movies. As an example, I have been shooting “Through his eyes”, a movie which talks about the young population in Berlin. This was inspired by me being an exchange student in Berlin. After discovering the way Berlin community lives, I wanted to show the negative and positive points in their electronic music scene.

Finally, I would like to say that in the age of globalization we do not only tend to learn from each other but also influence each other due to the technical connection people share. Technology supports mutual understanding and can be of help to develop a clearer picture of who we are and what we want to do in life. Our thoughts reach further than ever before because they are easily accessible and so can the consequences of our actions. As a filmmaker I am very happy about this development since my goals are to reach people with my movies and to tell stories.