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“Clients are never happy.” Who has heard this before? As a business owner, especially in a service- based creative company, not only have I heard this but I’ve probably made this statement at some point in time. It’s hard when you think you are giving your all and putting in the extra effort only to be told what you are doing isn’t good enough.
Have you ever felt lost trying to figure out, where am I going, what am I doing and how can I help?
There is a saying that goes “The only constant in life is change” and boy oh boy does that sum up the world of production in a nutshell.
Where do you see yourself in 3 years, 5, years or even 10 years from now? If you closed your eyes can you clearly picture what your life would look like on this very day years in the future? We can.
As the year begins we take the time to reflect on what we have achieved and learnt in the last year. 2017 has been a journey of growth and we want to share with you some of the things 2017 has taught us.
It probably happens to us all. We are awarded with the project of our dreams. Excitement tumbles in quickly followed by panic, “This is the job of a lifetime, you can’t mess it up.”
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So, we’re into the third week of the New Year and we are still as optimistic as we were on 1st January.
Creative individuals have always been a point of interest throughout the history of mankind.
Just the other day I was next to someone annoyed at the fact the service on their mobile phone was slow. (And it was within good reason as well, seeing as it’s a service being paid for) After contemplating the stranger’s plight I went on a voyage, peeling back layer after layer of thought until the stark realization confronted me.
Two weekends ago we participated in a 48 Hour film challenge hosted by the Barbados Film and Video Association and sponsored by Deloitte. As the challenge name suggests the rules were to conceptualise, script, shoot and edit a short film in 48 hours.
So we left you just when summer was being and we have been MIA since then. What happened in those missing months?
The job of the Production Facilitation company is to ensure that the client gets all that is needed for their shoot to be a success. This could be crew, food, props, hotel accommodation, equipment, cars, you name it. The point is to create a stress-free environment for your client. You know what they need before they even tell you because that's the service you offer; the service of peace of mind. So imagine if you are given a task to complete and your efforts somehow fall short. Your client shouldn't have to deal with that bother because it's your job to fix it, so you do just that...
The journey of a thousand miles starts with one step but with me it began with the press of a record button. For the majority, no sorry, for the entire span of my adult life I have been a servant of the media.
Why limit yourself? Why follow the trend? Why not go outside the norm? Think outside the box! Go one step further!
We have a horrible habit in the Caribbean and it is called tardiness. We like to be nonchalant about it, joking about running on island time. Let’s be clear “island time” is not an official time zone like Eastern Standard time or Greenwich Mean time. What it means is that everything goes slow and no one is in a hurry so being late becomes the custom but it’s okay because you’re on the island.
This could be your office! The Caribbean, to most, is the ideal destination for rest and relaxation with its beautiful beaches and warm tropical breezes. However, for the Producer or Creative Director, the Caribbean is much more as it can become the perfect setting for a film, television production or photo shoot. 13° North Productions Inc. offers a variety of locations in Barbados to use as the backdrop for your next production. While we can offer full Production Facilitation for your project, if it's just locations you need we can also work with you to find the perfect location.
Recently we had the pleasure of two things simultaneously. One was working with poet, Damani Re on his new video and the next was experiencing the most captivating sunrise. That morning we were embarking on a journey with this client who was embarking on his own journey. And for that first step of many to be captured by us and highlighted in the brilliant rays of the sun made the moment even sweeter. When this photo was taken, just like Damani and the camera, all eyes were glued to the horizon with hope for the future.