One Big Happy Family

When you work in a production office, you spend long hours with the same people for months. You get to know each other. You learn their favorite and least favorite foods. You  talk about dating and relationships and your families and your sports teams. And when it ends, you get that feeling you got when you graduated from high school. Maybe a few months later, you even miss those people. Like they say, you become a family.

Isn’t this how every production office feels?

But now I’m starting to think maybe it’s more like Stockholm Syndrome.


  1. The same thing happens on all difficult projects in every occupation. The process is called Form, Storm, Norm, Perform. Once you make it through all the rough spots and coalesce into a unit, you all start watching out for one another and the nature of humanity is to form cells against the adversity of our environment. It’s very exciting to be part of a good team when you have the ability to feel great about the people and actually like them when it’s over. In some, the adversity is too much, and people look out only for themselves. If the leads don’t catch onto this and boot the instigator, or your instigator is a superstar and there’s nothing you can do about it, it will tear apart the entire production.

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