rcflyAmazing the places you can learn concepts useful for filmmaking. Here’s a look from the perspective of RC Flying…

1. There Are A LOT of Crashes
The first take-off is exhilerating, but, boy, are there a lot of crashes before being able to deftly fly the mini aircrafts. From each of those crashes, you build on your knowledge to fly better and better next time. Not that there won’t be any crashes in the future, but (1) you’ll be more prepared for them physically and mentally, and (2) you’ll recover from some of even before hitting the ground. Echoes of a freelance career, doesn’t it?

2. Gotta Have Spares
To weather those training crashes, you can’t be flying just 1 plane and have no spares. To increase airtime, you have to have multiple planes and, most certainly, spares. It’s your B-plan. For an industry career, your network is your multiple planes, and your side jobs I see as your spares.

3. Put Your Imagination In The Pilot’s Seat
You’re flying an RC plane “from away.” Basically, it’s the third person POV. Your actual perspective on the plane is changing constantly and you need to put your mind into the pilot’s seat to instinctively know which way to manipulate the controls to bank in the direction you want to go. Get it right, and the plane flies seemingly effortlessly. On a film production, you need to put your imagination into the story – in effect, “fly the scene” – to see and create the necessary details to make the story and characters come alive.

How about you? Where do you find parallels between life and the film industry?

Cheers and a high-flying shoot to you,