Tuesday, October 26, 2010

How do you take criticism of your work in a professional environment?

You always have to be open to criticism and not fight it. If you're resistant to feedback and changes, then you're slowing down the process. You might disagree with the direction of the shot and the changes that you are being asked to make, but at the end of the day you are doing work for hire. You are being paid to bring someone else's vision to life. So you have to leave your ego at home when you go to work. That, to me, is the bottom line. You don't want to be the guy that goes, "That's stupid feedback, I'm not going to do that."

It's important to remember that it is not YOUR portfolio you're working on, but the DIRECTOR's portfolio (or whoever is calling the shots), but it's really not a common thing to go back to your desk after dailies cursing at your notes. And sometimes you disagree with the feedback but then when you watch the movie, you realize that in the grand scheme of things it was the right choice. It's easy to just focus on your shot and not think about the sequence or the whole movie, but the person in charge has the overview and he or she is more aware of how the whole thing plays out. So you also have to trust the director.

You can absolutely disagree with someone's critique and as long as you bring it up in a polite and constructive way I think it's okay. I wouldn't just say no to the feedback, of course. Try to bring another idea to the table. Try to find another solution instead of just disagreeing.

You should also be aware of the production schedule. If you start a movie, then there is enough time to talk about shots and brainstorm. But if you get a change during crunch time and you're in the final stretch, then it's not really the right moment to start a discussion. Everybody might know that the feedback is not the best, but it's about finishing the movie at that time, so you have to put your thoughts on the backseat. Pick your battles. :)

Guest Blogger Jean-Denis Haas


Dean said...

thanks for the sharing! JD

Herman Gonzales said...

Awesome JD

Pandalope said...

I understand that when you're working for someone, the bottom line is that you need to deliver what they want. My problem is when trying to get feedback on personal work.

I feel that whenever I get feedback on that sort of thing, I have often thought through everything so specifically, that when someone else sees it and critiques it they are coming from a completely different viewpoint or with a different sensibility for style (cartoony/realistic/etc).

Is it then a matter of compromising what you were trying to do to hit those types of notes or does that simply mean I'm not doing my job right as an animator and giving a clear idea?

The problem gets bigger when you show it to a lot of different people with varying degrees of experience in animation (and even none) and they start to conflict. Do you just say 'oh yes, that's a great point' to everyone, then go back and take the comments with a grain of salt depending on who it's from? My typical response is to explain what I was doing with hopes of getting down to something that may be a bigger problem, but I think I often come off as defensive instead.

To make a long question short, how would you recommend fielding critique when you feel you and the person critiquing are looking at it from different angles?

Jean-Denis Haas said...

Pandalope, that's a great question and I've been there.

When you have final say and are looking for feedback I consider a few things and maybe it can help you.

First, make sure that you are completely clear about the story point(s) that you want to present in your shot or sequence.

If the audience (ranging from experienced animator to random guy off the street) doesn't get it, and if the majority of the audience doesn't get, then it's not a question about different angles, but clear story telling.

But if you get a wide range of comments, it can get tricky. If I hear multiple comments addressing the same things, then it's definitely worth investigating.
Some comments just come down to different angles and opinions and tastes, like you said. Then it comes down to how strongly do you feel about your ideas.

One caveat: because you HAVE thought through everything, it can get difficult to keep a neutral eye, so first impressions by a cold audience is very important (at least to me).

Hope that makes sense and helps! :)

Pandalope said...

Thanks JD. So in that case would you say it's better to just take down the note and say thanks and not explain why you did something the way you did? I mean, I always take everyone's comments really seriously no matter how much they go against what I would like to do and have quite often reworked whole sections or shots based on what that cold read was, but my first reaction is usually to try and explain(slash I guess defend) my decisions to see how their impressions change after hearing it.

Jean-Denis Haas said...

That all depends who you're talking to. If it's your friends, a discussion about it is okay and fun, and totally up to you. If it is a professional environment then "defending" a shot is not always appropriate, because of time issues, directions, budgets, etc. There is always room for discussions, but you don't want to be the guy who always questions/defends/discusses feedback, because at the end, why do you even ask? :)

Unknown said...

i think this good article

Jean-Denis Haas said...


Jeremy Jutras said...

Thanks Pandalope and Jean-Denis! Your side conversation is something I was pondering about myself!

Anonymous said...

This is really helpful thanks. I guess these are things i kind of always knew but its good to be reminded. At uni i find that a lot of us need to remember to take criticism better from each other and work on how to give it better also.

Jean-Denis Haas said...

Glad you liked it!

Unknown said...

obat kutil kelamin instant
obat kutil kelamin resep dokter
obat kutil kelamin pada pria
obat kutil kelamin tradisional
obat kutil kelamin
pengobatan kutil kelamin
obat kutil kelamin tradisional alami
obat kutil kelamin herbal ampuh
pengobatan kutil kelamin |obat kutil kelamin
obat kutil kelamin | cara mengobati kutil kelamin
obat kutil kelamin yang sangat ampuh
obat kutil kelamin herbal
obat herbal kutil kelamin
obat kutil kelamin
obat kutil kelamin di apotek
obat kutil kelamin ampuh
obat kutil kelamin
Cara mengobati kutil kelamin
obat sipilis
Obat wasir
Obat wasir herbal
Obat wasir tradisional
cara mengobati wasir

Unknown said...

Kondiloma akuminatum ialah vegetasi oleh Human Papiloma Virus tipe tertentu, bertangkai, dan permukaannya berjonjot. Tipe HPV tertentu mempunyai potensi onkogenik yang tinggi yaitu tipe 16 dan 18. tipe ini merupakan jenis virus yang paling sering dijumpai pada kanker serviks. Sedangkan tipe 6 dan 11 lebih sering dijumpai pada kondiloma akuminatum dan neoplasia intraepitelial serviks derajat ringan. Kondiloma akuminatum ialah vegetasi oleh Human Papiloma Virus tipe tertentu, bertangkai, dan permukaannya berjonjot. Tipe HPV tertentu mempunyai potensi onkogenik yang tinggi, yaitu tipe 16 dan 18. tipe ini merupakan jenis virus yang paling sering dijumpai pada kanker serviks. Sedangkan tipe 6 dan 11 lebih sering dijumpai pada kondiloma akuminatum dan neoplasia intraepitelial serviks derajat ringan segera kontak kami untuk mendapatkan obat kutil kelamin paling manjur

teguh wibowo said...

pengobatan manjur kutil kelamin atau jengger ayam
obat kutil kelamin untuk ibu hamil
obat kutil kelamin dokter
obat kutil kelamin di jakarta
obat kutil kelamin untuk wanita
obat kutil kelamin
penyembuhan kutil kelamin secara alami
obat kutil kelamin di anus
obat wasir atau ambeien stadium 4
obat herbal wasir mujarab
obat wasir tanpa operasi
cara mengobati penyakit wasir
pengobatan penyakit wasir
cara sehat atasi wasir
pengobatan penyakit wasir yang efektif
obat wasir terjangkau
bagaimana cara mengobati wasir/ambeien
obat wasir

Unknown said...

obat sipilis obat sipilis raja singa obat wasir obat-wasir-herbal

World Goverment said...

Obat Sipilis Bisa Di Beli Di Apotik
Obat Sipilis Beli Di Apotik
Obat Buat Sipilis
Obat Sipilis Dengan Bayam Duri
Obat Sipilis Yang Bagus
Obat Sipilis Di Batam
Obat Sipilis Di Bogor
cara mengobati kencing nanah pada pria
cari obat kencing nanah
obat china kencing nanah
cefadroxil obat kencing nanah
cara membuat obat kencing nanah
cara buat obat kencing nanah
cara mendapatkan obat kencing nanah
Obat kutil kelamin tanpa operasi
Pengobatan penyakit kutil kelamin wanita
Cara mengobati kutil kelamin tradisional
Obat kutil kelamin mujarab
Obat kutil kelamin medis
Mengobati kutil kelamin secara medis
Obat kutil kelamin paling murah
Jual obat kutil kelamin murah
Pengobatan wasir pada ibu hamil dan menysui
Pengobatan Alternatif Wasir Manjur
Pengobatan Wasir Buat Ibu Hamil
Pengobatan Wasir Bekasi
Pengobatan Wasir Bagi Ibu Hamil
Pengobatan Wasir Batam
Pengobatan Wasir Bogor
Obat Wasir Bengkak

teguh wibowo said...

Obat herpes
Obat wasir herbal tanpa operasi
Obat wasir herbal stadium 4 tanpa operasi
Cara mengobati wasir dan ambeien
Obat ambeien ampuh sembuh dalam 5 hari
Pengobatan ambeien keluar benjolan tanpa operasi
Pengobatan wasir stadium 4 tanpa operasi
Obat wasir untuk ibu setelah melahirkan
Obat wasir tradisional yang ampuh
Cara ampuh atasi wasir pada wanita
Obat yang bagus untuk wasir
Obat de nature khusus untuk wasir stdium 4
Cara mengobati wasir tana perlu operasi
Pengobatan wasir dan ambeien mujarab
Pengobatan wasir tanpa operasi
Obat wasir dan ambeien stadium 4
Obat penyakit wasir herbal De Nature
Obat untuk wasir pada ibu hamil
Cara mengobati wasir yang parah tanpa operasi
Obat ambeien tradisional
Obat wasir herbal De Nature
Obat wasir ambeclear

Arjunane Denature said...

Obat kencing Nanah De Nature Obat Herbal obat Kutil Kelamincara mengobati menghilangkan kutil cara mengobati kutil kelamin kelamin keluar nanah obat kutil kelamin

Unknown said...

cara mengobati kemaluan keluar nanah obat kemaluan keluar nanah ujung kemaluan keluar nanah obat penis keluar nanah kelamin pria keluar nanah obat kelamin pria keluar nanah obat kelamin pria keluar nanah mengapa alat kelamin keluar nanah kemaluan laki laki keluar nanah kemaluan keluar nanah kemaluan keluar cairan nanah mengapa kemaluan keluar nanah cairan nanah keluar dari kemaluan kencing perih dan keluar cairan nanah cairan nanah keluar dari kemaluan pria mengapa cairan nanah keluar dari kemaluan kemaluan pria keluar nanah penyebab kemaluan keluar cairan nanah cara mengobati kemaluan keluar nanah kemaluan keluar nanah di sertai perih saat kencing mengobati kemaluan keluar nanah pada pria mengobati kemaluan keluar cairan nanah pada pria mengobati kelamin keluar nanah mengobati kemaluan pria yang keluar nanah

najwa said...

Menghilangkan Kutil Pada KemaluanTapi sayangnya kebanyakan yang terjadi, kutil tersebut akan kembali muncul setelah disembuhkan atau dihilangkan. Hal ini juga yang kemudian membuat banyak penderita yang beralih ke metode pengobatan yang lebih intensif seperti cryotherapy. untuk cara pemesanana silahkan kunjungklik disin

obat wasir herbal yang mujarabLada dapat menyebabkan wasir. Dikonsumsi dalam jumlah sedang, lada hitam tidak menyebabkan wasir. Tapi bagi sebagian orang, makanan pedas dapat menyebabkan gatal-gatal dan iritasi dubur.untuk cara pemesanana silahkan kunjungsite kami

obat keluar nanah dari kelamin priaJika pada pasien sipilis biasanya akan ditemukan ruam-ruam merah di sekitar alat kelamin, namun tidak demikian dengan pasien kencing nanah. Mereka tidak akan mendapatkan ruam merah di sekitar kelamin, namun pada pasien pria gonore bisa menyebabkan lubang penis memerah dan membengkak.untuk cara pemesanana silahkan kunjungsite kami

obat ambeien yg alamiWasir internal merupakan wasir dimana pembengkakan terjadi didalam vena rectum sehingga tidak dapat diraba atau dilihat dan juga tidak ada rasa sakit. untuk cara pemesanana silahkan kunjungsitus kami

obat keluar nanah dari kelamin priaCara terbaik untuk mengobati penyakit ini adalah dengan segera pergi memeriksakan ke dokter spesialis ketika anda menemukan hal-hal aneh yang terjadi dan berhubungan dengan alat kelamin. Apalagi jika anda menemukan ada satu dari gejala yang telah disebutkan diatas pada diri anda sendiri. untuk cara pemesanana silahkan kunjungsite kami

Obat Kutil Di KelaminPengobatan Kutil Kelamin Pada Pria Apakah Seperti Menarik Parasit Dari Organ Kelamin Anda ?untuk cara pemesanana silahkan kunjungartikel selanjutnya

Obat Kutil Di Sekitar KelaminEkstrak obat herbal ini dapat dengan mudah dicerna tubuh dan menyembuhkan secara alami dari dalam, tanpa efek samping seperti pengobatan kimia lainya. untuk cara pemesanana silahkan kunjungblog ini

Artikel Lain


chenlili said...

louis vuitton purses
celine bags
adidas nmd
christian louboutin sale
kate spade handbags
oakley sunglasses
true religion jeans
ralph lauren
louis vuitton outlet
coach outlet
kobe shoes
michael kors outlet
michael kors handbags
fit flops
nike air max pas cher
oakley sunglasses
coach factory outlet
coach outlet store online clearances
ugg uk
tory burch outlet online
coach outlet
asics shoes
uggs sale
coach outlet online
pandora jewelry
uggs sale
burberry bags
abercrombie and fitch outlet
ray ban sunglasses
kobe 8 shoes
ray bans
louis vuitton outlet
cheap basketball shoes
adidas outlet store
michael kors handbags
ray ban sunglasses uk

ekoelmer said...

There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moment’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.