Originally Posted by Josh Z
Cameron is a notorious micro-manager. He doesn't trust anyone to do anything unless he's standing over their shoulder telling them how to do every step. I once knew a guy who worked on True Lies. He told stories of how Cameron would constantly be up in all the gaffers' faces, telling them where to place each and every light. That's not a task a director should waste his time with. There are several layers of hierarchy between the director and the lighting crew.
I would like to have seen you tell Stanley Kubrick that...a guy who even brought his own customized lenses to some shoots.
It's all a matter of how you look at it. Garrett Brown (inventor of the Steadicam) was micro-managed the entire time by Kubrick while shooting "The Shining", yet he saw it as one of the best learning experiences he could have ever had. Every take he did was a chance to hone his technique and every nitpick from Stanley was a chance to see mistakes he didn't realize he was making. He went out of his way to accommodate every need that Kubrick had, including designing a wireless video link so Stanley could see his shot without having to walk with him and look over his shoulder. If Kubrick told him exactly what he wanted in the frame, Brown would do it until he got exactly what was supposed to be in the frame. He looked at his job as one where he was determined to give Kubrick exactly what he wanted.
In other words, attitude of the crew member plays a massive role in whether someone is seen as a genius or a micro-manager.
I'm not saying Cameron is on the level of Kubrick, but I can say this: the director wants that light in that spot, I'm putting it there. I might ask why, but only so I'll know when I need to have it there in other setups.
The fact is, there's two ways to go about it: 1) take offense (and maybe even ignore what he asked for and do what you think is right anyway) or 2) be the guy he'll be able to count on when the next project comes down the pike. Number 1 can get you fired. Number 2 keeps you employed and you might actually learn something, especially from a guy who is always on the cutting edge and doing things nobody has done before.Edited by NetworkTV - 9/12/13 at 12:59am