Production days at Lausanne Collegiate School have become a staple of life at Creation Studios. Our partnership with the school has turned into more of a family relationship than a business endeavor which, to us, is much more natural and opens the door to discovering the heart of what’s important.
Today, we were with the Upper Middle School (6th grade) shooting an interview establishing the narrative behind the Global Endeavors project we’ve been compiling over the course of the entire year. After the interview, we stuck around to capture b-roll of the students working on their projects, and something I experience every time around kids at Lausanne, no matter what project we’re working on, is the astounding level of creativity and uninhibited innovation these kids express.
I’ve had the opportunity to guest speak a few classes at Lausanne, and today the 6th grade teachers asked if I would do an impromptu Q&A with their classes talking about story philosophies and technical procedures of filmmaking. I gladly obliged. What was supposed to be a quick ten minute speech turned into an involved half-hour discussion, and we all were loving it. The teachers wanted to wrap up our time together by having the students all repeat in unison a catchphrase they apparently use as a code of conduct motto that effectively means, “Support one another.”
I couldn’t help myself. I felt prompted to give one last thought on celebrating success by introducing the kids to Aaron Baggett, the freelance camera operator helping me for the day. Aaron isn’t employed by the studio (although we love hiring him and other guys as often as we can), and many on the outside of our community might view us as competitors. We don’t view each other that way. On the contrary, we also approach our relationship from a family aspect, and we are intentional about celebrating each other’s successes and not letting ourselves become jealous as competitors. We’ve found this attitude not only cultivates a kind of community that encourages more collaboration, but frees us as individuals to appreciate the joys of our art without the pressure of having to outdo one another. I don’t think everyone buys into this mindset of inclusivity, but I think we’re extremely blessed to be here in Memphis and see our loving community that surrounds us continuously growing.
Written by: Matt Taylor