ISSN 2451-2966


Jagoda Szelc during the 'Change - now!' conference, Teatr Ochoty, Warsaw, 8 October 2019, photo: Marta Ankiersztejn
Jagoda Szelc

What We Say to People: The Psychodynamics of Working on a Film Set


Film sets, where technicians and artists work in tight collaboration, are a specific, hasty, time-driven places, which frequently generate both positive and negative stress. As male andfemale directors and leaders we are obliged to pay attention to the ways we run a team of people. It is our duty to manage mental and emotional dynamics within a group in a healthy manner. Unfortunately, there is a number of false myths regarding this peculiar profession, which are worth considering and posing a question, whether they actually serve our work. The misunderstanding lies in an inept identification of who a director is, what he or she does and which tools they should use when cooperating with people.


Film School; Film Production; Psychodynamics; Community

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Jagoda Szelc

Director and screenplay writer, graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław (2006). Holder of a scholarship granted by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – 2004 and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage – 2012. In 2018 Szelc obtained her Master’s Degree with honours from the Directing Studies at the Film School in Łódź. Her films were screened at such festivals as: Karlove Vary, Hot Docs, Cannes Short Corner, New Horizons, Brooklyn Film Festival and many others. Her short film Such a Landscape was awarded a Golden Tadpole for best student etude at the Camerimage Film Festival (2013). In 2017 her film debut Tower. A Bright Day won Best Debut Director and Best Screenplay awards at the 42nd Polish Film Festival, as well as numerous international prizes. It was shown in the prestigious Forum section at the Berlinale Festival. In 2018 Szelc was granted the Polityka Passport (Paszport Polityki) award and completed her second feature film Monument (receiving a Special Award at the 43rd Polish Film Festival and a Special Mention at the 12th OFF Camera Festival). She teaches film directing at the Film School in Łódź. She is a vegan.