This is more of a theory question, so will see where it goes. It seems I get to the point in some of my work that I look at what I have, and I'm not really sure how to take it to the next level. A little background might be useful...
I'm mainly an editor, mostly industrials, some scenic. I am a jack of all trades. In order of expirence, I edit/graphics (AE and a little 3D), tech support our post facility, tech support our fleet of gear including our EPIC, af100, HPX2000 and a slew of prompters computers, servers an such. I also DIT/Camera tech our shoots, and am the default ProTools audio guy in the office. So, I tend to wear a lot of hats. Not by choice,but by necessity.
When I edit or am creating/designing my graphics for use in my edits, I sometimes run into a wall.
I look at what I have and think it looks pretty good, but I've got another 2-3 hours in the budget to do some more, but I'm not sure how. I have a project right now that is a bunch of short videos for a client. They are really happy with them, the producer loves it, but I look at them all and think it could go another step to make them more polished, more cohesive as a group. But I'm at a loss as to what to work on. Obviously I don't expect answers from people without looking at them, which I can't do at the moment.
So, my question is, what do you guys and gals do when you are having a mental block, or can't see past your own work to the next best thing? I guess I'm talking more generally in ones work, not really technically. Do you have a trusted friend or colleague you call to critique your work? Do you disconnect totally and do something else for a bit? Do you troll the interwebs looking for ideas?
A couple of the things I've tried is to watch more media around me. Not to steal ideas, but to see great things and pull that into my own work. Since trying my hand at 3d work, I'm noticing light and color more, and how it interacts with objects. I've been doing a quick draw on my phone to whip it out and take a picture of a cool looking poster or graphic on a video screen so I can look at it later.
What else is out there? Am I too diversified in what I do that I can't sharpen my skills on any one thing? Do I need to diversify more?
Any discussion is welcome!