A film set is hardly an organized, and stress free place, but I manage to work around it in cool composure. I attribute it to the time I taught filmmaking to kids with a lot of energy to burn.
Although I have a natural inclination to teach, I have never done so in any official capacity, until in 2013 and 2014, an opportunity came about through Sabrina Reeves, actor, photographer, writer (and all-around fantastic woman/mother). She brought me in, Fée Fatale Studios, as a cinematography instructor to students who exhibited interest in operating a camera, a part of the curriculum of her children's acting class.
Cinematography lessons were on Wednesdays. The class always started out with Sabrina and Anne (second acting instructor) subduing the chaotic energy, explaining the evening's agenda, and finally splitting the class into actors and cinematographers.
In spite of their pinball-machine personalities, and split-second attention spans, these kids managed to retain the information, and camera operation techniques I taught them, and they always showed excited eagerness to shoot.
It gave me an immense sense of pride to be an influence during their formative years in the art of cinematography. So when I am on set, amidst the chaos of camera and lighting cables, C-stands, pony clips, reflectors and diffusers, and the array of personalities to deal with on set, I get transported back to the moment with these kids. It makes me smile, then I calmly yell out, "quiet on set!" Paolo A. Santos