What skills have you learnt along the way?
The core skills of production seem to have remained fairly stable over the years, but the processes and technologies can change almost on a per-project basis. It would be impossible to list all of the skills from every step of production, as I’ve been given the opportunity to learn so much from how to send work to clients, how to run dailies sessions (where we review artist submissions), to scheduling work, creating budgets, and even coding in VBA [Visual Basics for Applications] and Python.
What’s been your biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge has been learning when to say yes and when to say no. It’s obviously important to be as positive, accommodating and creative in your problem solving as possible, and save refusals for when all options have been exhausted. But it’s also important to be able to say “no” when it’s necessary, and in a diplomatic way that offers reasonable compromise.
Is your job what you thought it would be?
I didn’t enter into my career with any grand ambitions or preconceptions. There have been surprises both good and bad, but I think the biggest surprise is the amount of pride (both personal and on behalf of the team) I experience every time I see our work on a screen. I assumed you would become blasé about it, but the delight I get every Christmas when Harry Potter comes on the TV never gets old.