We deeply regret the hardships that Everyone is going through right now. No one is untouched by this virus. Healthy or compromised. No One. Uncertainty about the future is a top stressor bringing about anxiety and fear. Our freelance colleagues have real concerns about financially surviving 2020. Our economic fragility has been exposed and our calls to action are being heard. But Patience is a skill we must work on. This is going to take time. Money aside it can also encourage acceptance of the unknown and propel us to action. Freelancing is a running backs job. We run full speed ahead until we hit our goal and then we start again. It's in our DNA to keep moving fast. So we have a really big challenge ahead. During this quarantine we must pause and take time to learn things about ourselves and our business which we normally don't have time to think about: where are we now? where are we headed and how are we going to get there? Let's Reach out and ask for help. Support each other. Share experiences. Find new solutions together. And before you go stir crazy here are some solid simple tips about working from home from pros that have been doing this quite a long time by choice. Good luck out there. ... See MoreSee Less
With many companies making the sensible decision to ask people to work remotely during the Coronavirus pandemic, Pete Shuttleworth, Exec Producer and Founder of Hoi Polloi Media, offers his top tips t...
you should read this too. The answer is not only the film school. It's the Producer's responsibility to TRAIN the crews they are working with. Not to overpay under-experienced workers because they are desperate to hire. That is a disaster waiting to happen. Looking back a few years ago when we saw this boom coming had we secured a competitive Tax Incentive to encourage foreign investment we could have written TRAINING into the stipulations. The 'learn by doing' approach on ambitious foreign productions is worth a year of class room workshops. But there still is no Tax Incentive and so no foreign productions worth mentioning. You could argue the ca. 85 mill USD per year the Danish state film fund spends on danish productions should guarantee a TRAINING mechanism but it doesn't and instead that money flows out of the country in droves and we train our neighbours instead. What is needed now is TRAINING and Leadership coaching for people that are suddenly swimming in dark waters because they have no idea what they are getting into and how to keep up. So I'm sorry but it is our fault. We let this happen. And the only way to get out of it is by investing in our crews so that there is a sustainable career path ahead of them. Let the film school do it's job as well as they have always done. Now we must do ours. ... See MoreSee Less
I thank my friend and colleague Patrick Degan at #nonfictionunlimited for calling me to produce this film for #Google. For over 15 years I have enjoyed each and every possibility to work with them but this one was extra special in ways too complicated to name here. Watch it and you will probably understand. This is a true story with a reenactment from the real players. I am so appreciative for all the expertise involved that was needed to pull this off; locally, regionally, and yes, even nationally. There is a long version of this production which is truly for the books and makes my heart race just seeing this. All I can say is 'Hat's off' to you all. I can't tag those who aren't on FB but it's a long list. And for those naysayers freaking out about who's watching who and why? I get you. But these are the juicy bits that make the discussion more nuanced. ... See MoreSee Less