Communication is key.
The employment of communication is key regardless of the situation, but it's an especially important aspect of filmmaking. When operating in run and gun style of filmmaking communication allows your vision to be established and come true. Even more so, the location only ups the need for communicative skills.
Being in Liberia, everyone on the ‘team’ is positioned in a foreign environment, this applies stress to the need for communication, planning, and being aware of the situation.
As the filmmaker/photographer in this environment it was essential that I tell my colleagues my thoughts and ideas in order to accomplish the vision.
On the topic of self-advocacy, it's a two way street. Communication and self-advocacy go hand in hand, especially when trying to make the best products possible.