Some insightful lessons from Wieden+Kennedy’s Executive Creative Director, John C Jay. Via AIGA.
1: Be authentic. The most powerful asset you have is your individuality, what makes you unique. It’s time to stop listening to others on what you should do. 2: Work harder than anyone else and you will always benefit from the effort. 3: Get off the computer and connect with real people and culture. Life is visceral. 4: Constantly improve your craft. Make things with your hands. Innovation in thinking is not enough. 5: Travel as much as you can. It is a humbling and inspiring experience to learn just how much you don’t know. 6: Being original is still king, especially in this tech-driven, group-grope world. 7: Try not to work for stupid people or you’ll soon become one of them. 8: Instinct and intuition are all-powerful. Learn to trust them. 9: The Golden Rule actually works. Do good. 10: If all else fails, No. 2 is the greatest competitive advantage of any career.
I was finally able to get a copy of Serbis on DVD. I’ve read quite a number of reviews about it so even if I may have been influenced by some of the criticisms, I liked the movie a lot. I loved the cinematography and I think the story is unique enough to pull you in. For some reason, I saw traces of Gus Van Sant and Wong Kar-Wai in the visual style of the film. Nevertheless, I think the film captures several facets of Philippine culture. In my opinion, the strength of Brillante Mendoza lies in his subtle yet brutally honest storytelling. He painted a clear picture of the decay of poverty in the “family cinema.” Amidst the pornography and sexual services shown throughout the film, the tragedy of a broken family lingers like a quiet storm hovering nearby. Bottom line is that this movie grabs your attention be it out of sheer shock or love for the Neo-realism style of the director. You’re the voyeur so allow the peek show to unravel.
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