I am having trouble seeing any of my work as having any quality. I'm not saying it DOES or doesn't, what I mean is my stuff ALWAYS looks inferior to me... even compared to home movies shot on iPhones. It is not some inferiority complex, oh no. I think highly of myself in life, am proud and comfortable with who I am, am a retired Alpha Male type (not "retired" from job, retired from being an alpha), but VISUALS are new to me, visuals I have created.
It is possibly the tool I was using - Canon T3i - which claimed to be HD but never really was, was my visual downfall and all my filmings seemed just less detailed looking. -- I do realize there are dozens of other things that go into great looking video like lighting, set design etc, so it is not that.... it is like it is JUST the QUALITY or DETAIL that I never seen to get right. I just got a 4k GH4 and the detail is FINALLY where I expected HD to be... never the less, I wonder if my eye will still be too self critical? I'm not even sure if that is a valid description. I used to mix audio, and it was very simple for me to put mixes up against commercial records and HEAR if I'd gotten it right or still work to be done. But, in this VISUAL realm, I feel I can't really subjectively do that. Or at least not yet.
Long story short: how long does it take to develop an eye that is honest about your own work?
Truth told, I never wanted to be a camera guy, but it seemed to be the right direction for me to do what I wanted: learn to write, then shoot movies, and tell entertaining stories. I'd rather leave the cameras to those who are great with them.
Still, I am puzzled that I can not seem to SEE objectively where I am able to do so in other mediums.
What is your experience and/or advice on visual growth and acceptance. I do like to strive to get better in things, but if I was filming with million dollars of gear, with a pro crew, next to Steven Spielberg, would I still think things look bad?
Additionally, I do think I can see quality over not quality. There are various local short films I've watched that look like basic home movies and I can tell they are not that good, and that some of my stuff is a pinch above that, and I can look at big budget movies and tell which ones had an exception crew and which just phoned it in, but I'd like to be able to look at my stuff and KNOW that it is good or great or not, so that I can improve. Is that too much to ask?
Edited by GregBest, 17 October 2014 - 09:21 PM.