Video production is, at every stage, about being in tune with other people.
From understanding a project brief and a client's needs, to working with a crew on set, to the empathetic gauntlet-run that is conducting interviews and the psychological labyrinth that is getting into your audience's head while editing, managing to see the world from the perspective of others can be a make-or-break attribute for a filmmaker.
If you want to hear more, Ryan also wrote an in-depth articlefor Musicbed covering his thoughts on the topic.
It's a hard line to walk for us creatives - we need the affirmation that comes with praise for our work and often it's a necessary trait to ignore the opinions of others in order to stay true to a vision- art is not created through democracy. However singularity of vision is not the same thing as arrogance and pig-headedness.
Roman Krznaric is also worth a few minutes listening to on the subject of empathy.
What do you think? Is empathy just a buzzword or is there something of value in what Ryan says?