How To Make Your Sound Levels Do a Happy Dance - Basic Filmmaker Ep 188

     Since releasing this video, I was accused by a few of making videos that are "too simple" or "too basic" or "everyone already knows this" and so on.

     First off, the is the BASIC FILMMAKER YouTube channel and blog.  It's for new and beginning filmmakers.

     Second off (hehe), these are the exact things that most other channels DON'T cover, because they don't want to look stupid by making videos that are "too simple" or "too basic" or because "everyone already knows this".

     Third off (double hehe), everyone DOES NOT know this. 

     How do I know?  Because I've made it the mission of my YouTube channel to allow people ask the "dumb" (which they are not) questions that they don't feel comfortable asking anywhere else, as they feel they will be ACCUSED of being stupid.

     Great.  So as a new and beginning filmmaker, I SHOULDN'T ask questions?  Good luck.

     EVERY filmmaker starts somewhere.  They pick up a camera, and they don't know how to turn it on.  So they want to ask someone, "How do I turn this bloody thing on???" but are afraid to ask.  That's a real shame, as it shows they already have a fear of the thing, AND a fear of asking questions.

     And THAT is the stupidest thing ever. Asking questions about something you don't know about or how to do is one of the fundamental basics of learning. 

     In my opinion, people who berate others for asking "stupid questions" are just fearful that others might gain knowledge and become better at filmmaking than they are.  Or maybe it's ego (same thing, really).

     When I teach/instruct/apprentice/hire someone, I run the "long game."  What I mean by that is I want them to become BETTER than me at doing what I do.  If that happens, I have someone who does more than take orders.  They take initiative, they contribute to the overall products of what I create, AND, I get to turn that "hat" over to them, knowing it's in good hands.

     That also buys me more time.  Take a moment and think about all the time you don't have because you're too busy doing all the stuff that no one else can do.  I hate to say this, but that shows me you have an inability to teach others how to do the thing you are doing.  

     If that's not it, then why don't you teach others to do it then?

     It takes a LONG TIME to make a filmmaker who you can trust will do the best job possible.

     And it starts by making it SAFE to ask ANY question whenever it arises, and expect an answer.  And the answer should be honest, even if its, "I have no idea. Let's go find out."

     The point is, there will ALWAYS be new and beginning filmmakers.  These will go onto other things, possibly becoming experienced filmmakers.  Then the next generation will appear, and they'll need help.

     So, when you get a rack of people who trust you ask a "stupid" question like "How do I set my sound levels before I record?", then answer the question and show them, knowing you are one of the good  guys, passing knowledge down to the next generation of creators.

     That's my thoughts on the subject, and maybe that helps you in some way too.

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