I went to NAB this year in Las Vegas and attended the Media Motion Ball, it was great to talk with many people in the industry and eat a delicious meal. One of the highlights was a funny and meaningful speech by Brian Maffitt of Total Training, and it was about the issues that arise when artists starts thinking they know everything. You can imagine the issues that might come up but I won’t go into the specifics of the speech because I’ll probably screw it up
However, it did remind me of a interesting piece of advice I heard a few years ago…
“Don’t let what you think you know, get in the way of learning things you don’t.”
In other words, if you start to think you know everything about one particular subject, it might be difficult to keep an open mind when it comes to learning new techniques and solutions. When I do VFX work, I always try to think about the objective as freely as possible so I don’t get stuck working around a technique that causes problems in other areas of the shot. Not every comp will have the same requirements so it is important to identify all of the problems and objectives so you can design a more efficient solution.
Anyone have an experience or story that might relate?