The hard, scary stuff that you don’t know is almost always difficult to think about, and so you avoid it, categorising it as boring. Until you actually get started, and you dig deep and find out that, actually, the really challenging, complex stuff is the most rewarding and enjoyable of all the work there is.
Although it can be worrisome to think, ‘I don’t know enough about X’, ‘I wish I had the time to better understand Y,’ it isn’t - or shouldn’t be - a lack of knowledge itself causing the anxiety.
One hope I have for 2019 is to have a clearer on what’s important to me; to rely less on the relatively unsubstantial and inconsequential matters that seem to dominate my time.
What does a mime do, really? Are they a fake, or is miming actually, really, a deeply-hidden truth revealed through performance?
Whether literally or metaphorically I’m grateful for the opportunity to always be a student.
One year, two years, five years. A big part of success is staying the course, maintaining a good pace, choosing which risks to bet on and which battles to back away from.
I haven’t yet found a shortcut. One might be natural aptitude. Another would be interest; these aren’t shortcuts exactly, but they make the learning seem less arduous.
When it comes down to it, getting things done is about spending either time or money (or both) and committing spend whichever of the two it is.
Phantom Thread preaches at the high table of cinema as a material, analogue, art and craft. It’s not slow cinema, but it certainly is not in a hurry.
Formula 1, from my own recessed gantry, seems a dangerous balance between man and machine, nature and nurture, technology and craft.
Could you name a good film with bad sound? If a film is good, the sound must work in service of that which is good.
As a short aside to that, there is an undeniable tendency to get comfortable in the world created for us by others.