You know one of the most valuable things that happened to me on my journey?
The thing that actually pushed me out of my comfort zone, made me step back and really ask the hard questions.
The thing that allowed me to take what I was doing to a new level.
- Why did you shoot this with that lens?
- Why that sequence?
- Why that choice of audio?
- Why that angle?
- Why is that shot left in there?
- Why those editing decisions?
- And so on…
It was questions like the above in the form of an honest, objective critique.
Wow – did it sting. At the time I thought I was putting together some amazing work, so to have it ripped apart really knocked the air out.
The couples, their families and friends loved it. The feedback was great. That’s all that mattered, surely?
I put the feedback away (picture a scrunched piece of paper and dark cloud over my head). I knew what I was doing!!
But then…something happened.
I re-read the words. Took the time to really look at the feedback and take it on board. And you know what? They were onto something.
There was so much more potential just waiting there.
The very next wedding, I found myself with that nagging little voice on my shoulder…
And slowly but surely there was a paradigm shift (google defines that as ‘a fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions’ and that’s pretty accurate).
My work became more inspired and motivated, and more importantly I could confidently answer every ‘why?’. There was a reason behind everything I was doing and it showed.
I had different kinds of feedback, kinds that I’d never received before. I felt differently about my work. I started to attract more discerning clients that noticed those little things. It made a big difference
Without the critiques (there have been 2 or 3 that really stand out), I know I wouldn’t have pushed myself to be a better filmmaker. It was an invaluable thing.
You see, it’s easy to have family + friends + couples tell you how wonderful your work is. Really easy. And even easier to just keep on keeping on churning out more of the same.
Less easy is making a conscious decision to grow.
I’ve been doing this for a while now and have a pretty good handle on everything, so now I’m offering a portfolio critique as part of what I do.
It’s simple – whether you’re a novice or seasoned pro, if you feel like you want to improve what you’re doing, get in touch and I’ll give you the details on the procedure, pricing etc.
Have 3 of your best videos ready to share and leave the rest to me.
You’ll receive detailed feedback, scores and suggestions on every element: light, audio, shot selection, editing, colour correction and grading and so on.
It may sting for a little, but I guarantee at the end of it you’ll approach what + how you do things in a whole different way.