Trust.

There is this wonderful scene in James Bond 007 - GoldenEye, where Bond finds out that he was cheated on by his best friend Trevelyan. Both face each other in the middle of the night in a field with huge, broken statues. These silhouetted recognizable monuments bear witness to a bygone era and are a splendid metaphor for the inner life of the two figures. I LOVE this scene! In just 3 minutes, friends become enemies, and one (Bond) did not even know he was being cheated until then. The trust that has built up over the years has turned into its opposite and is now showing its ugliest side. And that hurts. The pain is clearly written in his face.


Trust is not just an extremely important concept for secret agents. Trust is also essential for a filmmaker. You have to have a lot of trust. In yourself. In your own idea. And in your team - in front of and behind the camera.
Starting with the moment in which you talk about the planned project, publish your idea and perhaps for the first time ever have to face a possible criticism. Furthermore, everyone has to be able to trust everyone - at any time. You reveal information that is not (yet) intended for the public. A single sentence in the wrong place, a single picture online, could blow up the whole production. For everyone involved. You just have to be confident that these secrets are safe and secure with each person. And you have to have the confidence that everyone does their best and believes in the project. This is the main aspect, you put your team together.

 

Not everyone will live up to this trust. Similar to Bond, it can happen that you trust a person very much. Because this person simply seems to be very trustworthy. Because, at least in the beginning, this person has an incredible enthusiasm. So you act against your gut feeling and say to yourself "I give her/him a chance" and get bitterly disappointed in the end...


The good thing is, you know the better who actually belongs to the team. Not only for this project, but also for the next projects as well. Of course, misused trust hurts a lot, but it has the advantage of figuring out about the good people, the really good people. Trust makes working a lot easier, as well as being together on set. It creates a good atmosphere. And this energy is noticeable to everyone. Also for those who work with you on set for only a couple of days. Who does not like to work in a team that radiates honest joy and passion?


Conclusion: Stick to those who have proven that you can trust them. They are worth GOLD.