Know thyself

Recognising priorities

'Be yourself; everyone else is already taken'

Oscar Wilde, Writer

Now that you've had a chance to explore the intersection of documentary and social change, it's a good time to evaluate what matters most to your team as it pulls in more collaborators.

Each of your priorities and passion may evolve over time, but understanding both will help you to recognise and respect where each person is coming from and where to focus your energy. This will help you to chart a course of action that best suits the goals for you as individuals and for the project. Then, when the pressure does come on, you'll have the foundation you need to work through it – a reminder of where and why you got started...

Of course, we all want all of the good things all of the time. It would be awesome to have a box office hit, all the awards, change communities and and and... but:

What does success look like for you?

Some filmmakers take an ideological position on public over private media. Others must prioritise making their money back, no matter how important the issue is to them. Only you and your team know what variables you are working with, so lay it all out in advance.

Drag the items below into your personal order. Get everyone in the team to do it. Then share your Top 3s – and discuss. There are no wrong answers.

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