Momentum

When I start work on a new shot or any other type of project I often find myself noodling around the edges at first. Most of the time I don’t even realise I’m doing it until several days or even weeks have passed. Even small tasks can seem daunting and slow me down until I actually have some tangible progress to measure towards their completion.

What tips and tricks do you use to create momentum when you start a new task or pick up the pace on one that has stalled?

Fred

 

Magic

 

“Do not be a magician – be magic!” Leonard Cohen.

 

As 3D artists, it can so often feel like it’s other people who call all the shots. Hollywood execs, Ad agencies, managers, clients. But they come to us for our expertise, because we can create magic.

 

Art, whatever its form, can speak to the audience so much more powerfully if it’s not just assembled in a manufacturing plant production line, but created by passionate artists. Those who through their passion can add those subtle details that truly bring their art to life for the audience. Be that.

 

Fred

 

Results vs Process

Results are what really matters, but there can be so many unknown factors on the road to achieving results that we invent processes to take some of the unknowns out of the equation and improve efficiency.

Then we get tied in to the process and eventually how we do it becomes more important than why we’re doing it. The process has become more important than the result.

Keep questioning the process. If anyone tells you it can’t be changed that’s probably a good indication that it needs to.

Fred

 

The Herd

 

“Almost everything important is at first opposed by stakeholders in the status quo.” Steve Blank.

 

Human beings are tribal. We may have cars and iPhones, but evolutionarily we’re barely evolved from cavemen. We’re herd animals. We like to fit in and know our place, it gives us a feeling of security and safety.

 

We also have a strong sense of individuality. Especially for those with strong creative instincts. That creates quite an internal contradiction.

 

Doing things differently can appeal to our creativity but also trigger fear and insecurity. Innovation comes from leaving the herd, feeling that fear, and pushing ahead anyway. If you’re on your own, that’s individuality. If the herd likes what you’re doing and chooses to follow you, that’s leadership.

 

There will always be critics and trolls, who shout whenever they see any violation of accepted norms. Because they fear change, they fear being left behind if the herd moves on without them.

 

Dynamic Anatomy is here to be different. To challenge artificial boundaries that hold artists back from achieving their true potential, and to encourage those brave enough to do the same. That doesn’t happen by staying with the herd.

 

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” John Cage.

 

Fred

 

Luck

 

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”. Seneca

 

Some people may seem lucky, but perhaps they are just more prepared. More prepared to create opportunities for themselves. More prepared to see opportunities that come along. More prepared to take advantage of the right opportunity.

 

Begrudging someone else for their luck may feel good, but doesn’t help you. It’s much better to put your energy into preparing for your own.

 

Fred