14 Feb 2019 BVE Insights

Think Filmmaking Is Just for Extroverts? Here’s 5 Things Introverts Bring To Movies...

Think Filmmaking Is Just for Extroverts? Here’s 5 Things Introverts Bring To Movies

After teaching a filmmaking course at Raindance, I found myself at the pub with some of the class – a bit of a Raindance tradition. A woman approached me: she was reticent, reserved. She asked timidly whether filmmaking was an art for the introvert, and went on to tell me that she started her career as a human rights lawyer before making her way into consumer affairs. These jobs didn’t seem to me as all that introverted – what she was really asking was less about making films so much as making it in the industry as an introvert.

And while the attributes of an extroverted or introverted person are from monochrome, there are certain skills associated with both overarching personality types. To avoid working with introverts is to avoid a massive skillset, not to mention a third of the population (according to bestselling author Susan Cain).

Here are 5 filmmaking challenges that introverts can solve:

1. An Increasingly Complex World

Filmmaking has always been a technical challenge, but now more than ever advanced technology is synonymous with the entire filmmaking process. Not only complex camera systems and digital post-production, but even funding and distribution are increasingly channelled exclusively through new technologies.

The old hands won’t cut it anymore: this is a new landscape and the opportunities – and pitfalls – are countless.

Acknowledging this is not enough – filmmakers must understand and apply this knowledge to best succeed.

How Introverts Can Help
A typical introvert is both analytical and perceptive. They are problem-solvers and logical-thinkers. Albert Einstein is one of the world’s great innovators – but he needed some alone and quiet to get the work done.

As such, an introvert is great for a second pair of eyes. They can find contradictions or loopholes, provide detailed and precise notes, and breakdown what is or isn’t working in a project. Where others might be overwhelmed by this new rush of information and technology, an introvert can break down the necessary facts and the rational next step to be taken.

2. A Lack of Creativity

Filmmaking is a crowded scene. There are legions of talented and capable minds at play, all after the same pot of money – there can never be enough for anyone. As such, the new and the original become more than preferable. They are necessary.

In order to stand out in a crowd your script, your cinematography, your editing must do something someone else never thought to do, and do it well.

How Introverts Can Help
It is agreed amongst scholars that creativity is often derived from seclusion. Harry Potter luminary J.K. Rowling, an introvert by admission, was hit by mental lightning bolt that would birth the Wizarding World while alone on a train.

So while introverts are often remonstrated for their apparently boring lives, the exterior should not be confused for the interior. Someone might spend days/weeks/months alone in their room, but what they’re actually doing is creating a vast, intricate, and innovative screenplay for their next feature; not so boring after all.

3. A Lack of Stamina

Filmmaking is a great calorie-burner, and in making a movie it typically comes to dominate every aspect of your life. Burning out is not unusual. In fact, it’s almost inevitable. But filmmaking stops for no man.

How Introverts Can Help
Where extroverts can lose themselves in the sound and the fury of the making of films, introverts tend to have knack for avoiding unnecessary exertions. While they might seem to blend into the backgrounding during the loudest moments in a given day, when the bold and the brash are tapering toward the end of a long day, the introverts will still be working at high efficiency. More than getting their own work done this also serves as a calming, even inspirational presence.

Hopefully this article might have convinced you that you should either hire an introvert, or that being one is in no way a deficiency in the art of filmmaking. To make best use of everyone’s individual skills is at the heart of this collaborative medium, and just because someone might seem a little reserved does not mean they are any less talented in the ways that matter. Yin and Yang, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg – it’s all about balance.

Visit the Raindance team at BVE stand E60 and don’t miss Raindance’s signature 45 Minute Film School at 13:45 on 28th February at the Cinematography & Lighting Theatre. 


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