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Old 07-06-2016, 03:36 PM   #3
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These kinds issues come up all the time and should be dealt with using tact and sensitivity.

You can't control the Director's behavior, but you are in complete control of your own words & actions. Do not get into a pissing contest over titles & roles, or you might find yourself removed from the project entirely (a tough gig is usually better than no gig at all). If I were in your shoes, I'd find all the things I like about his shot list and openly acknowledge his skill. Words like "I love it" and "I wouldn't change a thing" would work well here.

So how do you get your voice heard? I suggest the following: Start your first suggestions with "What do you think about (insert idea)?" You will share your idea, but pose it as a question to respect to his authority. This is a nice way to break the ice and study how receptive he is. Properly handled, I'd expect that he would allow you to contribute.

Remember: "It's not what you are selling, it's how you tell them the price."
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