How do you deal with a director who believes incorrect technical information? (4 replies and 2 comments)
I recently had a meeting with a director and he explained to me something technical in a completely incorrect way. I don’t want to get into the details of what it was (you never know who reads these forums), but I corrected him and told him how it actually works and he didn’t believe me. He says that he did his research and this is how it is. That thing is, what he is saying is not a matter of personal opinion, it’s a technical fact and it is incorrect. I’m not sure how to deal with this. Would it be petty of me to find an online article with the correct explanation and email it to him?
If your Director employed you then I suggest you say nothing!
Otherwise, try another angle and show him why your idea is better than his, if he gives in to your persuasion then that will be good for you and If it doesn’t work out then you will be ‘fired‘ anyway.
Stay employed is the way to go. Learn to “zip” it.
Like Mike is basically saying is the "customer's always right." (wink) The thing is at the end of the day, is what you want to do fulfilling the director's vision? One of my main focuses is the Back to the Future trilogy (I've even published a book about it) and in the course of my interviews I got a story from a crew member about Robert Zemeckis wanting something to go a very specific way. When Zemeckis left the set to go onto something else the crew was instructed not to do it that way and to do it completely different. The different way didn't work, and the person who made that choice was not brought back for any of the sequels... Even Larry Paull the production designer said he disagreed with Zemeckis over something to the point he thought it cost him the chance to do the sequels. As much as we all love the art of the craft, there is still the politics of a film set and the business of it too. Do it his way, and if it doesn't work, then you have your way to save the day. I'd be very gentle about it.
I think it can only help another person to speak the truth to them as painful as that might be. I mean, you don't have to come to blows or anything like that. A director once told me that there was no snow or ice at the equator and we were standing below Mount Kenya! (There won't be snow there much longer but that's another truth). A few days later a hail storm left about 3" of ice on the floor of the jungle.
Beautiful, that creased me up.
I get this all the time with audio and I am repeatedly put in the rather awkward position of having to explain the laws of physics to people.
That’s exactly how I feel right now.