THE SECRET OF BUSINESS IS TO KNOW SOMETHING THAT NOBODY ELSE KNOWS
Leadership is about so much more than the corner office. It is about generating and communicating a vision in such a concise and compelling way that everyone on the team knows which way to push. It’s about surrounding yourself with people so sharp that you are never the smartest person in the room. It’s about nurturing the quite ones who ponder for days and filtering the spitballers who think out loud.
HISTORY OF LEADERSHIP
While still in my twenties I founded and led an award-winning ad agency. Five years later it had grown to 85 employees with offices in three states. I am a strong believer in mentorship and lessons learned.
Movies are short-lived corporations that surge to life, frantically struggle to make a single product and then go out of business a few years later. Do that for over twenty years and you’ll get really good at startups.
A well known international speaker, my keynotes cover the spectrum of production that include MacWorld (twice), NAB, Digital World, NOB Symposium on Virtual Reality and Digital Day at the DGA.
The most meaningful aspect of technology is its power to disrupt and change our world so profoundly that the previous iteration becomes not only unthinkable, but unsupportable. Disruption is good.
“Master digital filmmaker Scott Billups covers the essentials and shares critical tips and techniques that only an industry insider could know. His conversational style and first-hand knowledge make this book a great read for anyone serious about creating films with digital tools. This is not a dry, technical tome; it comes to life with Scott’s authenticity, personal perspective, and vast experience”. Lynda Weinman, founder, lynda.com
First job of any media is to engage the audience. Whether a teenage boy cloistered away with his VR headset, the urban hipster with the latest flavor of AR glass or a family at a theme park’s 360 panorama; if you don’t hook them with something compelling they’ll move on to something that will. New media platforms demand new production methods and none, since the introduction of the pixel, have needed a rework more than virtual reality. Read More »
High-level media production is grueling work that has a tendency to bond relationships beyond the convention. Location work, especially in hostile or dangerous locations pushes this to the extreme. It forms somewhat eclectic, sometimes dysfunctional temporary families that often reappear reformed for each new expedition. I have had the pleasure of working for NatGeo at seminal times in my career and regard the greater family with familial warmth. Read More »