It's amazing how much we take the little things for granted in life. I always just assume people are like me. I love to be around people and have no problem speaking my mind and taking charge of situations. Last night I was working on a short film as a producer for a director who is unbelievably timid. To the point where I ended up directing it for her. I wasn't trying to, in fact I tried not to but when I didn't step in nothing got done. It was take over or waste the night.
On top of that our light guy didn't know how to readjust the lights on the fly. I would have to stop what I was doing and run over to fix them. My friend who was running camera pointed out to me how far we have come from our first semester where I didn't know how to do any of this stuff, now I'm a pro. It wasn't so much school that taught me as it was being on set and dealing with equipment.
Getting your hands dirty is the only way to really learn something. Standardize testing where you have to memorize stuff using multiple choice and true and false doesn't teach you a thing but making people work with equipment and create something using the knowledge is the best way to educate them. I have learned so much from my limited time on sets and I can't wait to learn more.
Jonathan Gutheinz vents about everything under the sun.