So what does it mean to be a VERY IMPORTANT PERSON (VIP) or a SPECIAL GUEST on an event, a show or a special promotions? Many people equate VIP as the "RED CARPET" type folks and there are a number of red carpet events in the film industry. In fact, almost every event created related to motion picture has a VIP experience surrounding the event.
While it is always an honor to be considered a VIP or be asked to go on the red carpet, there is another element that has always disturbed me. What about honoring those who never get any credit?
In filmmaking there are hundreds of individuals, chair heads, specialists and runners who play such a key role in the future of the film, but they are often left out of the party, the red carpet or the "highly photographed" acclaim. What about all those heroes who, if we did not have them close, would never have been "mentioned". The nuts and bolts in the manufacturing process of movies are key.
When you are part of a team, you learn to do things differently. You interact with your team members and function as a unit. This means near the outset, at the beginning when you begin your cinematic journey if you are an author, you are heralded. Our team stays around, but a real key to success is patience on every author's part, because it can be a long and lonely road "feeling". When you lose patience, you lose a very important element in understanding film, your role and how your attitude impacts the future.
PASSION OF THE CHRIST took twelve years to make into a film, and Mel Gibson still was a star in Hollywood. He was a filmmaker who was having a hard time finding capital and yet he did not give up, but stayed the course and changed cinematic history while investing his own money sacrificially. One can never under estimate the long suffering of William Paul Young working hard selling books out of his garage waiting for the chance for his book to be made into a film. The Shack was a huge success as a result.
Authors get invited to "red carpet" events, because they are a special guest and a VIP. Their story is critical to the success of the picture. We are all equal, but some will have favor and content creators are the "darlings" of the industry. You are considered a VIP and a special guest because of the hard work you provide in assembling a story which impacts others. Welcome to the party and hold on to your hat. Sometimes making a film is like watching paint dry, it takes years and long-suffering, remember this.
Personally, I thank the Lord He sees each and every person as a VIP because this is a value we believe is a "game changer". Never give up and know how important you are to the entire creative process.
Love you all,
Dr. K is also called "Coach KMAC" and is a veteran filmmaker, speaker and author and coach who's been coaching hoops in the NCAA for 22 years with different University and leading schools with Bob Hoffman, Men's Basketball coach. His unique FILM COACH style is how this blog rolls.
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