Years back, I was working for a studio on a very complicated shot. The supervisor explained what was needed and provided the source material. After a moment of reluctance I was suddenly hit with a rather impressive solution.
The supervisor was still standing over me and I began to explain my brilliant solution. Then while in the middle of divulging this master plan, he interrupted and asked “So you’re all set?” I replied “Yeah, no problem”, and then he said “Great!” as he walked away.
I wanted to explain to him my incredible solution and further impress upon him that I was a valuable member of the team. But he didn’t want to hear it; he wanted to see the shot finished.
The following morning after dailies, he casually told me “Nice job with your shot.” as we all walked to our posts. There was no congratulatory announcement or trophy at my station, just a friendly “nice-job” in passing. If they only knew what I went through.
Then later, I was asked to come back on another project so I guess they liked the work after all, despite the lack of my creative explanations.
I learned that supervisors don’t really care how you get your work done; they just want to see it completed. They have other things to do just like you so don’t worry that your hard-work will go unnoticed because it won’t.
Soon you’ll be known as the guy that gets things done, and that is like the MVP of VFX.