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More on STRATEGY & TACTICS in Filmmaking

by Frederick Bailey


If you want to get to where you want to go, you need to strategize on how to get there.

Sun Tzu was a Chinese military strategist and philosopher during the Zhou dynasty.

Following are some quotes from his writings on the art of warfare, composed more than 2,500 years ago.

See how his words and ideas might apply to your crew management.

  • “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”
  • “He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.”
  • “He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.”
  • “Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons, and they will follow you into the deepest valley.”

In those two previous quotes, substitute the word crew for army and men.

  • “When you surround an army, leave an outlet free.  Do not press a desperate foe too hard.”
  • “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
  • “To know your enemy, you must become your enemy.”
  • “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”
  • “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, strike like a thunderbolt.”

And saving the best for last…

“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?”



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