SMOKE-SCREEN

Zoom is the new way of connecting, so we obstensively invite our business colleagues into our homes as thats where we are forced to work from in the new normal.

My home is not quiet, there is always activity and sounds, that I don’t want to share with the world, and to make matters worse the home is small, so space is a serious consideration. Back in South Africa our home was over 400 square meters, and now in Portugal we are compressed into a 120 square meters.

So the best space available for my ‘remote’ office is the garage, it’s quiet, except when my neighbour rev’s his motor-bike, its certainly private, but does it speak success – “probably not,” but……. a friend said it speaks creativity, non conformist? So who are you? What image do you wish to portray to the world? Do first impressions count?

So my office has surfboards, stand-up paddle boards and bikes. What are the solutions?

I tried a few ways to hide my location :- using one of my pictures as a background was cheesy, when I called my business partner he thought it hilarious. I tried a bed-sheet on two light stands which needed to get closer and closer to the computer as otherwise the camera’s perspective see’s more than the canvas. This was also ineffective.

And just a few months back, this was my office : So sometimes I do feel the cost of having moved from an opulent lifestyle to a more humble one where my rand does not buy what it did in South Africa.

What a crazy world we living in, but it’s also kinda funny that so much has changed so quickly and that we no longer need to interact in person, the computer and screen is the new way, and how we have all adapted with such ease.

Working on my new office, just got to give the background some thought. Where do you set up your workspace, and how are you finding working at home?

Bruce Mac from Porto The City of Angels

Published by brucemacdirector

Telling meaningful stories whether they shorts or features is what gets me out of bed every day. Passionate about those captured in slavery. Biographical films (The Perfect wave with Scott Eastwood) and (Biblical epic Samson with the late Rutger Hauer, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Zane and Taylor James) My recent short films Beat The Curve, Sex Tourism Labour have been awarded best shorts across the globe in 2020.

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