Today I found a post in a FB group with someone who was upset that volunteer crew wouldn't do tasks that they were delegated.
The key point that they missed was incentive. I'll outline my response here:
"They don't owe you anything, and you didn't pay them. Unless they really care about the project as much as you do (which is next to impossible) , they won't often be motivated to stick with you over the long term.
Pay people. Hire them properly. Or give them a solid incentive to be there. Also in your comment you said You have the passion. That doesn't mean anything to them. Your passion has nothing to do with another person's commitment when they'll be spending money to work with you.
You can't get mad when you don't give them enough value first. Think of them, not you. "
This is a simple thing, but hard for people to get over.
You need to give them a reason to go through it. Production is never easy, but they need to be given something of value. Sometimes its money, an amazing project that will let them grow and have a ton of fun, etc.
Think of them, not you.
In curating work, and in developing art it's often that we think of the far future. Be it a result, some specific desired outcome that hasn't yet come to pass, or a sequence of events sparked by today's action. A key though is to never forget that we've only ever got the present moment in our grasp. If you can understand that you can of course plan ahead but properly indulge into the current moment and in turn very likely achieve the outcome that you seek.
Put simply, stay present.
Tech Specs :
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6k
ISCO Red 2x Anamorphic
Nikkor 50mm f1.8 Taking Lens
Rapido Tech FMJ and FVD 16A.
Shot at full sensor 6k.
I had an interesting conversation with a group yesterday about the journey of healing vs maintaining and cultivating new relationships. In short it really comes down to caring. Caring enough to understand yourself and be 100% real in that. Even if that means you need to take a solo training arc.
(Shot from a music video visualizer)
Kit used : - > https://www.manikkrealm.com/kit.html
One of the more challenging things to attain is a peaceful , unfiltered self belief. It's not a matter of capability going into the future, but the ability to just accept that you're already "it". We're conditioned to seek a reflection to quantify our validity, but I don't entirely believe that it's necessary if one's motivation comes from another place.
I think it was in some table talk with a couple of business owners and rappers, but the idea was about setting different benchmarks. Personally the act of creation is completion. I learned this when painting and drawing back in art school. Essentially the piece should be finished at each stage. If you can attain this both in craft and in mind, then you'll be pretty much okay.
Along with this post I'm sharing a bit of art that a friend and I made. It started off as a vague idea for a visual paired with a song, and then turned into something a little more. I listened to the track and storyboarded something. Aside form visuals I spend a lot of time dancing. Finding that it's a more comfortable way of expression, I choreographed a sequence of movements to represent the words of the song but also the flow of emotion.
There are two versions. One initial and one secondary that links in spoken word as a character piece.
The artist Desiire shared his mind state at the time.
Been taking a lot of time to think about what started me off on my image making journey. First it was stories, and then drawing and painting was a way to bridge that gap. It allowed me to more effectively communicate with people.
When it came to photos and video it was as an outlet after my father died. I just picked up a camera and went half way around the world virtually alone , to just figure some shit out. I entirely fell into the role on a whim through a phonecall from a friend.
Now I'm at a point where I actually do this for a living and I'm connecting a few more dots along the way.
This shoot specifically takes me back to my art school days. Figure drawing. Form , light , texture and flow. The basics.
Going forward I'm focusing more on the art and letting go of the hang ups of the work mentality. Being business minded won't go away, just I see it as a point of importance to stay connected to the source of it all.
Stills from a scrapped project.
A year ago things were a little simpler, but this year is much clearer.
Shot on 35mm / Kodak Gold 200 / Nikon F3 / Nikkor 50mm f1.8
Testing lenses and looks with my nephew.
Red ISCO Anamorphic 2x
Taking lens: Nikkor 50mm 1.8
Camera - Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6k (3.7k anamorphic mode)
Testing a new anamorphic lens with my nephew.
ISCO Red 2x
Nikkor 50mm f1.8 Taking Lens
Rapido FMJ and FVD
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6k
#horror #cinematography #blackfilm
Today I assembled a blended anamorphic kit.
ISCO Red 2x
Rapido FMJ, and FVD
Nikkor 50mm F1.8 as a taking lens.
More to come.
Also for a full gear list , click here www.manikkrealm.com/kit.html
I've recently learned what I can and can't be casual about.
When I was a teenager I heard someone much older say, there comes a point when you have to start narrowing things down. At first I thought that I could do everything, but in time i learned that it's not entirely about your wants, it's just a matter of needs.
In time I started to see that there were things that I couldn't live without, and others that gave me no energy. Among the things that I did enjoy, a few things turned into more of an obsession. I'd find myself nerding out over image making a little more than normal. Drawing, painting, taking photos, and cinematography really stuck and I'd find myself thinking about those things on my free time. At that point it all made sense.
There comes a point where you'll no longer be casual about a few things. A casual participant doesn't dig deep into technique, or persist to break through fringe obstacles. A casual participant doesn't study for fun.
Lately I've been thinking about the grid. The grid being the ideas that keep us on the tracks that we're moving along.
I've been trying to figure out better ways to break patterns and make new ones. Is it rewards, is it schedules and charts, is it accountability partners?
So far it seems to be hinged on a need. Any wants that happen to be around just don't have the same gravity. They lack the same pull. The question then becomes, how does one develop a need. Is there a rational process that one can take to shift ideas from one category into the other?
It's like walking into a mansion and turning on lights to guide myself along the way. In part I'm already where I need to be going, in part I'm catching up to myself.
I stumbled on an odd combination.
Hoya IR Cut + Tokina 11-16 V
It blooms red with double rainbow rings, and creates a star pattern at times.
I've been gradually messing with kit combinations to get a specific look. After the camera captures all of the necessary data to craft the image you'd like , you can bend and tweak things. Sometimes it's grain , color shifts , levels , sharpness or lack of, lensing etc.
That then gets combined with the framing and lighting approach, and styles of camera movement.
It becomes something of a recipe in your cookbook.
If you want to dig in deeper I recommend checking out the display prep demos by Steve Yedlin.
ALSO , if you'd like to know about the equipment that I use on the daily you can check it out here.
I decided to pick up a new camera. Something that is super solid for travel work, light and easy to port around, but also delivers some solid quality. The blackmagic pocket cinema camera 6k checked all of the boxes for my list. I've personally rigged it up a bit but it's still very portable.
It's unreal how far technology has come. As I stepped out to shoot this clip with my little bro and my nephew it made me think about how this would blow my dad away if he could see it. Grateful for him putting a cam in my hands when I was a kid.
Side note , DaVinci Resolve has been immensely helpful. Recently I've picked up a few things to add into something of a workflow and it's proven very effective.
If you'd like to try out this camera for yourself I'm dropping an affiliate link below.
Also if you'd like to talk about workflow stuff feel free to drop a comment, or hit me up directly through my contact page.
This comes to mind every time that a new piece of tech is dropped. Too often people forget that if you look at a camera as a data collection machine, and know how to properly manipulate the data, the out of the box "looks" mean less and less.
Dig deep, as there's so much untapped potential in your gear.
Take an active role in your display prep.
Active authorship over passive use.
Overload. It's becoming more common. In the sea of information, and while using the most powerful tool that the masses have ever been given, it can at times be too much. It's not the raw potential that is too much, but the fact that information is almost becoming an echo chamber. Region to region we have to face down the issues of the era, but in knowing people who are on the same or even on opposing waves, the messages start to become repetitive. Along with this, it starts to become apparent that people are essentially yelling at clouds.
There is a clear difference between calls to action and venting.
Many times I find myself watching the equivalent of reality television unfold in the post or post-repost link through to comment sections. It's just discourse. People being mad or sad or shocked and sharing it. It has become almost automatic. This part right here is the major issue.
It's not that people aren't thinking as a whole, it's that people are only thinking about a part of the process that they're going through each day. They think about the issues, they reach their logical conclusion, and then they side with the post torrent that aligns with that view. After this they get swept up into the automatic process of spamming or parroting the ideology.
What's the danger in this? What's the harm?
The danger and harm come through in several points.
We burn time in doing this. Hours and hours spent over years pushing buttons to share ideas and get an emotional spike. The clashes, the likes, the energy. It burns TIME which we will NEVER be able to get back.
I speak of energy in terms of polarity. When we interact with things we train our minds. We train them to habitually flow through certain routes more easily. This can be done for productive means, and destructive means. We have a limited amount of energy each day, but this can very easily be squandered. This squandering or productive use begins to add up. Energy, like time is a limited resource. If you curate the flow of this energy and you reinforce the right polarity in its use, you will see exponential gains. Your life will naturally trend to the productive and positive side. This in turn leads to a deeper sense of fulfillment.
The repetitive hard wiring of actions can be both beneficial or detrimental. When actions slip into this automatic stage after heavy repetition, we essentially surrender all control of the active mind. Knowing which actions to put into the active and which to repeat until they become automatic will have a massive effect on your life. Professional basketball players repeat their motions so that in the heat of the game they don't have to think about how to hit a jump shot. The body simply does what it is supposed to do. If these repetitions are trained on things that are non productive or detrimental to the individual, when it counts, the person will fall automatically into doing the wrong thing. This adds up and can steer one into oblivion. (Dramatic but true)
To conclude :
If one's actions become automatic, and they drain the finite resources of time and energy , over and over again, every day , for years, the individual is essentially being robbed of their life by an automatic process. There is a solid way to avoid this. Actively limiting and at times completely removing the activities that have the potential to build up that automatic process.
A digital detoxification.
Yelling at clouds is the same as spinning wheels. It's action but it isn't a call to action.
Be conscious of where your time and energy go. Be conscious of your habits. It is great to join with allies and bring about positive change, but we must remain cautious of which actions we're actually participating in. Although something may feel productive, it's often necessary for us to step back and truly analyze what traction is actually being made.
- MANIKK -
On a journey. Searching for something. Sharing what's found.