Journal Entry: Mon Nov 26, 2012, 6:46 AM
Listening to: Two Steps From Hell
Currently I am hired as staff on a local low budget movie project, where my responsibility is creating concept art and animate the final product, on my given segment. With that said, movie projects are often a complete mess and it's a great feat that the final production comes into fruition. This applies to any form of production. You need to coordinate between tens or hundreds of people, give constant feedback on results and make it all tie in towards a satisfying ending. A constant chaos is what I feel right now. No-one telling me what to do and no-one giving me direction. Just one simple order: make art. So I do just that. Just keep producing art until someone points me towards the right direction, because in the end they are the ones who suffer from it, while I get paid and a bigger portfolio out of it. If you are the one in charge of a big production team, always make sure they do what they are suppose to do by always keeping a vigilant eye on their progress. Don't assume they will magically make something good by just giving them a simple direction and hope they'll put together Citizen Kane. It will just turn into a "monkey -with-a-typewriter" situation.
Even an orderly production will have its messes, and it often leads artists and producers into a grudge match, where each side blames each other for incompetence or lack of trying.
A good producer always avoids that situation by just paying attention.
However, I keep on and always press for feedback, because any and every work is a valuable experience. As an artist you should pretty much feed on experience, even if you are the kind of artist who only sticks to one style.