How to Handle Working for an Asshole


How to Handle Working for an Asshole

“Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.”
– George Carlin

Via The Black and Blue

Like any job, going to work in the film industry isn’t always fun. Stepping on set can become a chore when you’re stressed from a shootfeeling pressure from your department, and working extremely long hours.

So the last thing you need in a situation like that is someone treating you poorly: berating you, yelling at you, and generally being a damn asshole.

But it happens.

I wish I could tell you that everyone in the film industry is nice as cherry pie, but statistically that’s impossible and, from personal experience, I know it’s not true. At some point, probably early in your career, you’re going to encounter an asshole. How you deal with them will have a tremendous effect on the path your career takes — for better or worse.

Recently a reader (who wished to remain anonymous) told me a story about her experience with a director of photography (DP) who was treating her terribly:

I’m just wondering, however, if you have any advice on what to do if the guy you’re working for – the DP – is the asshole!? I got along well with the rest of the cast and crew, but the DP was arrogant, sexist, and condescending. Each time he directed his assholery my way, I just worked and tried harder… but I was pretty conflicted the whole time as to whether the anguish was worth it, considering it was a “deferred payment” low-budget film. Should I just have called it quits and walked away from the production? Was sticking at it and working even harder the right thing to do, or did it just affirm this DP’s douchebaggery, so that he’ll continue to be bad to people in future?

Working with anybody with a toxic attitude like that is tough. But it’s especially tough if they’re your department head because it puts you in an awkward position.

There are three ways you can handle a situation like the one encountered above:

  1. Do nothing and work quietly
  2. Try and talk with the person
  3. Walk away from the job

None of the options are ideal, I’ll admit. With Option 1, you potentially lose money, experience, and further networking. Option 2 may backfire and cause you to get fired or intensify the problem. Option 3 has you putting up with abuse without any vengeance.

So which one do you go with? What’s the right path to tread forward on?

It’s hard to say.

The best approach would be a combination of all the options in the order they’re listed. You put up with it hoping it’s a bad day, then if it continues, you approach the person professionally and talk with them about it. Finally, if it still continues, you leave the set.

But that raises another question: how do you know when to escalate things? What if it doesn’t work?

5 Factors to Help You Handle an Asshole

I’ve certainly had to deal with my fair share of filmmaking assholes, but mostly from the production department (no offense producers!) and rarely within my own department. What I’ve noticed is there are several factors that contribute towards when you should and shouldn’t escalate the situation. Leer más “How to Handle Working for an Asshole”

5 Important Factors for Calculating and Negotiating Your Day Rate | The Black and Blue


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When you’re looking for your first job in the film industry, you’re rarely thinking about money. Early on, it’s all about getting your foot in the door and proving yourself as a crew member.
But after a few shoots, you may get offered the elusive “paying gig.”

(Yep, someone actually wants to give you money to do what you love!)
There’s a problem, though — you have absolutely no idea what to charge. You’re left stuck on your own to calculate your day rate. And that isn’t as easy as it sounds.

While you’re willing to work for whatever they can pay, you don’t want to leave money on the table. You don’t want to lose a potential job for asking too much, but you also don’t want to get ripped off.

No doubt it’s tricky territory to tread. And while I can’t give you a magic formula to find your day rate, I can help you figure out what should and shouldn’t contribute to its calculations.
So here’s five factors that play heavily into what gets printed on your paycheck.

1. Budget of the Production …  Leer más “5 Important Factors for Calculating and Negotiating Your Day Rate | The Black and Blue”

MoviePass debuts an unlimited movie service that may just save cinemas


The notion of creating a “Netflix for theaters” is a tough one — not only do you have to get movie studios on board with your plans, you also have to form partnerships with national theater chains. And let’s face it, neither group is quick to climb aboard a service that disrupts the current ticketing model.

MoviePass debuts an unlimited movie service that may just save cinemas

But MoviePass, a company that’s been trying to crack this nut for some time, may have found the answer. Today MoviePass is debuting a new subscription movie theater service that relies on mobile app check-ins and a proprietary payment card. And best of all, the company has managed to do this without any formal agreements with movie theaters and studios. Leer más “MoviePass debuts an unlimited movie service that may just save cinemas”

Line25 Sites of the Week for April 6th 2012


Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Viget, 39Argyle, Wantful, Circles Conference and Designing Monsters.

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Patience Is Needed In Social Media Event Marketing

I’ve really been organizing events for about 30 years. I can say that because I was always the one as a teenager who called around all of my friends and got a big group of people together for a meet up. Sometimes I lamented and wondered why no one else would organize events. Until eventually I realized that most people don’t organize stuff, and prefer to sit back and wait for others to drive events to happen.


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I’ve really been organizing events for about 30 years. I can say that because I was always the one as a teenager who called around all of my friends and got a big group of people together for a meet up. Sometimes I lamented and wondered why no one else would organize events. Until eventually I realized that most people don’t organize stuff, and prefer to sit back and wait for others to drive events to happen. Leer más “Patience Is Needed In Social Media Event Marketing”

Phillips lanza el concurso para su cuenta digital de 100 millones de dólares

La marca Phillips saca a concurso su cuenta digital global, que tiene un monto de 100 millones de dólares y que la agencia que la ostenta actualmente, Tribal DDB, tiene el mérito de haberse llevado un Gran Prix en Film, en Cannes.

Ni Phillips ni Tribal DDB respondieron a los medios, pero queda claro que la vara está muy alta para quien quiera postular a un trabajo que no sólo es importante por su volumen, sino por la reputación de la marca y por su temprana apuesta por lo digital.


 

La marca Phillips saca a concurso su cuenta digital global, que tiene un monto de 100 millones de dólares y que la agencia que la ostenta actualmente, Tribal DDB, tiene el mérito de haberse llevado un Gran Prix en Film, en Cannes.

Ni Phillips ni Tribal DDB respondieron a los medios, pero queda claro que la vara está muy alta para quien quiera postular a un trabajo que no sólo es importante por su volumen, sino por la reputación de la marca y por su temprana apuesta por lo digital. Leer más “Phillips lanza el concurso para su cuenta digital de 100 millones de dólares”

25 Inspiring Motion Graphic Sequences

Motion graphics bring life to our boring, static lives, and add movement to keep our always wandering eyes fixated on what they would like to present you. You are bombarded with motion graphics throughout your everyday life. Maybe it is a commercial on tv, or even an introduction sequence to your favorite tv show, you can’t escape it. Today I am sharing with you 25 inspiring motion graphic sequences.


By Matthew Heidenreich

Motion graphics bring life to our boring, static lives, and add movement to keep our always wandering eyes fixated on what they would like to present you.  You are bombarded with motion graphics throughout your everyday life.  Maybe it is a commercial on tv, or even an introduction sequence to your favorite tv show, you can’t escape it.  Today I am sharing with you 25 inspiring motion graphic sequences.*click image to view video

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ESRB pens erotic ode to Final Fantasy XIV

A talented scribe employed by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) guild has penned an erotic ode that pays homage to up-skirt shots, female buttocks, rum and prostitution.

“[In Final Fantasy XIV], some female characters are depicted from low camera angles, with lingering camera views of their buttocks (i.e., up-skirt shots),” the anonymous poet explained in an official ESRB ratings summary.

ESRB pens erotic ode to Final Fantasy XIV”Dialogue contains suggestive references; for example, ‘the netmaster’s probably up in his office polishing the mast just thinking about her,’ ‘stick yer manhood in the forge,’ and ‘you cheating little whore!’

“[In addition], several characters are referred to as drunk or drunken, while others sometimes talk about wine, rum, and grog. The word ‘shit’ can be heard in the dialogue.”

Unsurprisingly, Kotaku’s Mike Fahey responded to the above-mentioned description by saying that he “wanted in” the Final Fantasy XIV beta “so bad” he could almost “taste” it.

“The ESRB listing for the game reads like a menu of things one might find hilarious if they’d for instance, been up all night working on a rather large infographic.


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A talented scribe employed by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) guild has penned an erotic ode that pays homage to up-skirt shots, female buttocks, rum and prostitution.

“[In Final Fantasy XIV], some female characters are depicted from low camera angles, with lingering camera views of their buttocks (i.e., up-skirt shots),” the anonymous poet explained in an official ESRB ratings summary.

ESRB pens erotic ode to Final Fantasy XIV“Dialogue contains suggestive references; for example, ‘the netmaster’s probably up in his office polishing the mast just thinking about her,’ ‘stick yer manhood in the forge,’ and ‘you cheating little whore!’

“[In addition], several characters are referred to as drunk or drunken, while others sometimes talk about wine, rum, and grog. The word ‘shit’ can be heard in the dialogue.”

Unsurprisingly, Kotaku’s Mike Fahey responded to the above-mentioned description by saying that he “wanted in” the Final Fantasy XIV beta “so bad” he could almost “taste” it.

“The ESRB listing for the game reads like a menu of things one might find hilarious if they’d for instance, been up all night working on a rather large infographic. Leer más “ESRB pens erotic ode to Final Fantasy XIV”

40 Minimalistic and Cute Movie Posters

Pedro Vidotto has taken some classic and iconic movies and transformed their promotional posters into minimalistic works of art. Movies like Fight Club, Where the Wild Things Are, Titanic and Toy Story all get the minimalist treatment and Pedro Vidotto does an amazing job with them.

Let us enjoy some of his works below. For more, visit Pedro Vidotto’s blog here.


Pedro Vidotto has taken some classic and iconic movies and transformed their promotional posters into minimalistic works of art. Movies like Fight Club, Where the Wild Things Are, Titanic and Toy Story all get the minimalist treatment and Pedro Vidotto does an amazing job with them.

Let us enjoy some of his works below. For more, visit Pedro Vidotto’s blog here.

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Chivas Regal, Grey Goose and Stella Artois work the red carpet at Cannes

It’s not just Hollywood’s finest that are gracing the French Riviera right now, alcohol brands are all over this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Chivas Regal whisky has launched a site which it describes as a ‘global media support tool’ aimed primarily at journalists reporting on the festival. Olivier Bassil, the head of luxury consultancy SQUA.RE and named by Forbes magazine as one of the top five influencers of global luxury trends, is in charge of content.

The site is constantly being updated with stories about the most chivalrous acts carried out by celebrities, film directors and VIP guests. Longer articles, blog posts, interactive features and high resolution photographs are also available. Bassil has also been hosting round-table debates with journalists throughout the festival discussing the idea of chivalry.


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It’s not just Hollywood’s finest that are gracing the French Riviera right now, alcohol brands are all over this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Chivas Regal whisky has launched a site which it describes as a ‘global media support tool’ aimed primarily at journalists reporting on the festival. Olivier Bassil, the head of luxury consultancy SQUA.RE and named by Forbes magazine as one of the top five influencers of global luxury trends, is in charge of content.

The site is constantly being updated with stories about the most chivalrous acts carried out by celebrities, film directors and VIP guests. Longer articles, blog posts, interactive features and high resolution photographs are also available. Bassil has also been hosting round-table debates with journalists throughout the festival discussing the idea of chivalry. Leer más “Chivas Regal, Grey Goose and Stella Artois work the red carpet at Cannes”

How to Crowdfund your Startup

Before discussing the pros and cons of Crowdfunding I should explain a little about how the process actually works. The most important thing to considering when Crowdfunding your venture is that this isn’t like taking investment. The process can take many forms, and just like taking investment, won’t be right for everyone. That said, here’s the most common model being used by everyone from startups and non-profits to artists, musicians and filmmakers…

An individual or organisation states that they need X amount of money to fund their venture. This venture can be anything, from a cupcake shop to an independent feature film; and the amount of money can be a small part or all of the total cost of the venture. The individual or organisation then uses their existing networks to leverage the crowd, that’s you, to donate money to their venture in return for a reward.


In November 2009, my business partner and I successfully Crowdfunded a business designed to provide independent filmmakers with an alternative method of film distribution, OpenIndie. The result of our month-long campaign was over $12,400 to bootstrap our company, a good amount of press interest and a built-in audience and user base for our site.

What is Crowdfunding?

Before discussing the pros and cons of Crowdfunding I should explain a little about how the process actually works. The most important thing to considering when Crowdfunding your venture is that this isn’t like taking investment. The process can take many forms, and just like taking investment, won’t be right for everyone. That said, here’s the most common model being used by everyone from startups and non-profits to artists, musicians and filmmakers…

An individual or organisation states that they need X amount of money to fund their venture. This venture can be anything, from a cupcake shop to an independent feature film; and the amount of money can be a small part or all of the total cost of the venture. The individual or organisation then uses their existing networks to leverage the crowd, that’s you, to donate money to their venture in return for a reward.

Often this reward is directly related to the venture being funding, so it could be a batch of cupcakes or a credit at the end of someone’s film; but equally it could simply be a very small thank you for your contribution. I recently came across someone who successfully crowdfunded enough money to pay for the hull of her ship that she needed to circumnavigate the globe.

In return for a small contribution she promised a postcard from a random location on her travels delivered to your door. As you can see, this isn’t investment in the traditional sense, in fact rule number one of Crowdfunding is that you don’t offer a percentage of your venture as a reward. Rather this process is something akin to patronage by a different name. However, there is an important difference between Crowdfunding and patronage that I will explain using the example of my own experience.

Pre-Selling your Product to Fund your Business Leer más “How to Crowdfund your Startup”

Brands Probe the Third Dimension


– Eleftheria Parpis, Adweek

A father at an aquarium reaches into the tank, carves out a block of water full of manta rays and fish and brings it home, placing it into a Samsung television set in his living room. When he and his family don 3-D glasses and settle onto the sofa, the sea life swims out of the TV toward them. “Ever wonder how amazing it would be to experience life in another dimension?” asks the voiceover.

The commercial, titled “Wonder-Full,” from Leo Burnett in Chicago, began running in 3-D in cinemas last Friday before the DreamWorks animated movie How to Train Your Dragon. The ad is part of the electronics company’s first push for its new line of 3-D televisions and carries the brand message “Dedicated to wonder.”

“3-D is a new dimension, literally and figuratively,” says Peggy Ang, vp of marketing communications for the consumer electronics division of Samsung Electronics America. “Everybody has taken to the experience in the theaters, and consumers are saying, ‘How can I take this home?'”

“Wonder-Full” is one of two 3-D commercials that Samsung is running in theaters. Another spot features Monsters vs. Aliens, and similar to the first ad, it shows a young girl taking the 3-D movie experience home by cutting a cube of the action out of the screen, taking it home and replicating the experience on her family’s Samsung TV.

While Samsung is showcasing the experience offered by its new product line, it isn’t the only company capitalizing on the 3-D movie trend, which has exploded this year with the release of films like James Cameron’s record-breaking Avatar, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon and Warner Bros.’ Clash of the Titans. Marketers as unexpected as packaged-goods client Purina and even the Air Force are getting into the 3-D game to tap into the growing consumer interest fueled by Hollywood.

“In the past three months, we’ve seen more interest from advertisers than you can humanly imagine,” says Cliff Marks, president of sales and marketing at NCM Media Networks, the digital in-theater network that includes AMC Entertainment, Cinemark Holdings and Regal Entertainment Group. “We all have to agree that Avatar has changed the world.” Leer más “Brands Probe the Third Dimension”

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