Being near picture lock for "What's the Use?" has been an interesting trip. I'm ready for it to be over as it has been my only real focus. As is usually the case with my projects, I've had to pick up some of the workload and so have been focusing a lot of the time on animation. All is well, as it was a time for an After Effects refresher. But it reminds me again of the need to simplify the process so I can truly be a director and delegate and manage more of the vision, rather than handle the work all the time myself. It is fine to do this, as the director should always understand the processes involved, but if she or he is the one doing the majority of the work, then how are they accessing the talents of others to serve the larger vision of the film itself? A director should try to keep as fresh a vision as possible of their work, but the more time they spend key framing, or creating assets in Illustrator, or editing too much of the work, then what sort of objectivity remains? Once it is gone, you are at the hands of the hundreds of mismatched opinions on the work once it's ready for review, and unclear of where your true voice has gone for it. You cannot make a work try to please every person that sees it. It is impossible. You can only know what works for you and what is either strengthening or weakening your vision. My learned lesson: simplify, so that I can keep my idea for the work fresh and exciting for myself.
Let me leave you with some work of a great photographer I saw recently here at the Harry Ransom Center. The Magnum Photos collection. These are just a few from the work of photographer Jim Goldberg. The subjects of these photos wrote on the photo they saw of themselves. I'll let his work speak for itself otherwise. But I encourage a deeper look.