Outside Perspective

October 17, 2008 at 11:15 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This week we were in Michigan. On Monday and Tuesday we were northeast of Detroit shooting a story that we will be sharing in the future. After the shoot we made our way to Grand Rapids. On Wednesday morning we had the privilege of screening the film with the staff at Flannel.

Flannel produces the short film series known as Nooma. They are producing some of the best short films, period. We’ve enjoyed their work and looked up to them for several years. To sit down and share our film with their staff and a few other friends in Grand Rapids was an honor. It was also a little bit intimidating to be honest.

They were great. They expressed a lot of excitement over Anthem. They also gave a ton of GREAT feedback, constructive criticism, and encouragement. It was exactly what we needed.

As Andrew and I processed on the way home we were so grateful for our time with Flannel. We discussed the whole concept of being open to an outside perspective. Often times we can be so wrapped up in our own thoughts, ideas, projects, etc., that we close ourselves off from an outside voice.

As you stay close to your own ideas it is so easy to lose focus and perspective. Having a positive outside influence in your life can provide the perspective to make you better a person. Opening up your organization to an outside perspective can make you stronger and more efficient. We all need close and consistent community to do life well. However, I believing more than ever that an outside influence can protect you from blind spots and closed minded thinking.

We believe that Anthem will be better thanks to the feedback from our friends at Flannel.

How about you? Do you have outsiders that you occasionally let in for some feedback and perspective?

This coming week is a HUGE week for us. We’ll bring you up to speed on Monday.

Enjoy your weekend,
Matt & the BV Team

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