A Cut Above
This chapter teaches a producing and directing workshop for a number of years and was privileged to work with talented students from all over the world. Those who decide to make writing, directing or producing a career and who invest a good deal of time and elbow grease into that aspiration, find that the real magic comes not through flash or technical wizardry, but as a product of plain old hard work and the less-than-glamorous skill sets. For many newcomers it's all about the cameras, the lights, the dollies or Steadicams. It's about shooting on location where passers-by stop to look for celebrities and ask if it's a commercial or a sitcom people are working on. Or it's about some new special effect in postproduction that's "Really, incredible, man!".