Napoleon Creative has an office with a fantastic view over Regents Canal, if I do say so myself. I was taking a screen break the other day and noticed how still the water was, like a mirror. The canal boats were reflected perfectly on the surface, everything looked so peaceful and still. What I saw gave me some food for thought…

Then a young moorhen came swimming along, minding her own business as she paddled along contentedly, while behind her the water started rippling out. Then those ripples hit the side of the canal boats, were reflected back into the canal, and they started overlapping.

Some food for thought from Regent's Canal

This one bird created the most mesmerising geometric pattern of ripples and lines across the water. One of the canal boats would have just bulldozed through and left mashed up water that wouldn’t have necessarily caught my eye in the same way. This reminded me of three things I had forgotten to take into consideration recently.

First, simply because you are working just by yourself or as a small team, doesn’t mean you can’t have a significant impact on the world.

Second, a smaller team can create something that is more refined and complex than a larger organisation. Keep that in mind.

Third, as a small business, you’re forever looking forward – it is good to remember to take time to look back and see the affect your work has had.


It’s easy to forget the bigger picture sometimes, especially when you’re working hard in the middle of a tough project. But, whatever you’re doing, try and look at it from a different perspective. It’s always helpful to take a step back to see everything that is going on. And, you never know, it may give you the food for thought you didn’t realise you needed.



Gavin Ricketts is a Producer/Director with over twenty year's experience. His courses on finding work in the creative industries has helped hundreds of Film and TV Crew win more work.

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