The film industry, equal parts of frustration and reward to film makes and all those who work in this industry. It is a very fast paced space that has taken a hit due to the global pandemic. Film producer Mohamed Al-Saadi projects that the film industry will for a while focus on films that don’t require huge budgets.
Being in the film industry means knowing how to manage frustrations. As a film producer, you have to ensure that production runs on schedule and also work on a project that is not only going to tell a story that people want to see, but also bring in returns.
Al-Saadi says that being a film producer needs a deep-rooted passion that will not wither when tough times hit. Given his experience in the film industry, he has translated this experience to other parts of his life and here’s 4 lessons you can learn from him:
- A positive attitude will get you where you want
Oftentimes, leaders forget that their overall attitude affects the team’s morale. As a film producer, Mohamed emphasizes the importance of being the source of motivation for your team. Yes, there will be tough days but a positive attitude can help boost team spirits and productivity. He notes that negativity spreads faster and can set you back from achieving your intended goals.
This does not just apply to film but in every industry. Positivity can change how you view the challenges you’re experiencing and even help you solve these challenges faster.
- Get creative with the available budget
Budget constraints often stifle creativity and passion, especially for film makers. This is especially going to be difficult now that the pandemic has ravaged the industry. However, according to Mohamed, there is always a work around. Even when your budgets confine you to a box, break out the out of the box thinking and get creative. Instead of producing a subpar film or project and using budgets as a reason, try to find creative ways to tell the story with the budget at hand. Being resourceful is crucial.
- Learn how to multi-task
A film producer has a load of tasks that they need to take care of, from finding locations, making sure you’re on track, sticking to the budgets and so on. Therefore, you’ve got to quickly pick up multitasking to get it all done. Mohamed says that multi-tasking is not easy and the best way to go about it is create a plan early on that informs your to-do list.
- Appreciate every team member
No role is small within a team, everyone’s contribution is important towards the success of the project. Therefore, you need to be appreciative of everyone who is part of your team. This helps keep morale up and creates an environment where the team members can float their ideas freely.
There are many moving parts in every venture and project and therefore, it is important to work in harmony with the team, take charge as the team leader and provide an environment that allows for the flow of innovative ideas from team members.
Film production, like many other industries is a challenging turf that requires dedication and sacrifice as well as a great strategy to keep things moving.