Thousand Year Films holds alignment in the highest regard. We strive to be an alignment-based company and work hard to uphold that value. Before all else, the first and foremost thing we look for in a potential worker is their ability or willingness to align with the vision, the values, and the goals of the company.
Being able to align yourself with the vision is more important than any individual skillset you may have. Alignment to the vision is possibly even more important than knowing how to ‘make a film’. People can be taught the procedures, people can be taught the theories and technical operations; in other words, people can learn how to make a film. However, one could have all the filmmaking knowledge in the world and if they are unwilling to align themselves with the company's mission, vision, values, goals, policies, and procedures; unfortunately they will not be a proper fit with us and us with them.
"Alignment doesn’t require agreement on every single course of action or production element but it does require commitment."
In an alignment-based organization; diverse voices are valued. There is creativity, innovation and trust because people can comfortably speak their mind. They can have disagreements about how to do something or what to do next because they are all aligned around a common purpose and clear understanding. In alignment, we are free to disagree because we still know that each team member has got the other team members back, as we work towards the same goal. If you are holding back commitment because you disagree, you can make the choice to align yourself with the team; however, if ultimately you cannot commit, it does a disservice to all involved to continue with the Company or Project. In the case of the latter it is best to part ways.
"Anyone who wants to be involved with the creation of our productions needs to be aligned."
We believe it is important for every crew member, cast member, worker, leader, artist, and volunteer to understand what we are trying to achieve and then to both find and take hold of the elements of their role that contribute to that both directly and indirectly.