What’s Next? Paul Sanderson

We asked some stalwarts a simple question. Here’s what Paul Sanderson, a senior applied technologist at FINCH, had to say.

To me, the future is ours to write. The future is education. Apparently the future will not be cursive or hand-written thank you notes. We have passed them by. Proper handwriting is the new Latin, the world has fast-forwarded leaving traditional skill barriers in its wake. Oddly, this is very relevant to production companies and the film community as a whole.

It used to be that industries and disciplines didn’t mix. You were trained in film and the art of storytelling or you we trained to be a technical person of pure logic and technical skills with little use for traditional creative thinking.

The two worlds are colliding. We as storytellers are now in competition with engineers, programmers and developers. Clients are not happy with a great story, well told, we need to tell great stories that have a back-story, a world first, or some other PR hook.

At Finch we now have a team of engineers on staff that can build almost anything in-house. This mix of technical skills in partnership with film craft is now required to meet the ever-increasing complexity of client and industry demands. However, these engineers aren’t trained to think creatively in a storytelling sense, they’re trained to think in a systemic or technical sense. But when you combine storytelling craft with technical skills, magic starts to happen. We need educators to start re-thinking the curriculum so that the next waves of students can take us further, faster.

We spend a lot of time working and refining our craft. But we also need to spend time thinking about how to pass on what we’ve learned from the work. So that’s our next challenge at Finch. How do we stay great at what we do, while we train the next generation of storytellers.

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