February 25, 2018

How Do You Deal with Procrastination as a Filmmaker?

Is procrastination a good or bad thing for creatives?

As filmmakers, we have to deal with lots of deadlines. We have to get our scripts entered into contests by a certain time. We have to enter our films into film festivals by a certain date. We have to deliver our part of a project, whether it's editing, color grading, or sound design before we breach our contracts with our clients. Really, procrastinating can be a tricky quality to have as a creative, but so many of us do it. So, how do we deal with it?

In this video, Simon Cade of DSLRguide opens up about his own battle with procrastination and why it may not be such a bad thing to wait until the 11th hour to get things done.

I'm a bad procrastinator—I'm talking "looking at class materials for the first time an hour before I have to take my final" bad. I don't think I've ever chipped away at a project little by little, lovingly sipping on a latte as I meander gracefully to the finish line. No! It has always been a 3 AM death metal explosion of furious grinding the night before and a greasy-haired, crusty red-eyed delivery of a gloriously monstrous product.

I've always given myself shit about it but maybe I don't have to, because, like Cade, I seem to perform so much better under pressure. Case in point, the only times I've ever completed a screenplay were done so under a strict deadline. You can't leave that kind of thing up to me. I'm never going to say, "Ah yes, today will be the first of many days in which I slowly and dutifully work on this project," because I'm not a "drop in the bucket" kind of woman. I need a raging flood to prove to me that water even exists!

So yeah, maybe procrastination does have the potential for getting us all into trouble—what if we don't make that deadline?—but maybe it also brings out the best in us. We chill 90 miles below the Earth's crust until the day before, but the heat and pressure produced from our frenzied work builds and builds until, eventually, we poop out diamonds. (Hopefully on time.)

Are you a procrastinator? How do you deal with it? Let us know down below!     

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Unfortunately: very badly.
Guys, please unite here if you're in the same boat.
Cheers.

February 26, 2018 at 2:43AM

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ron fya
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The internet has a lot to answer for here! If we didn't have constant connectivity things wouldn't be quite as tricky.

I use an app called self control which limits the websites you can visit for a set length of time, and also sometimes use the pomodoro method of doing 25 focussed minutes followed by a 5 min break, then back to 25 mins etc. Loads of timer apps available for that too.

February 26, 2018 at 4:15AM

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Liam Martin
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Funny as I made a video on exactly the same topic exactly a year ago :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTYbLFmEBrc

February 26, 2018 at 7:18AM

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Maj Jukic
Writer/Director/Editor
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I was going to make a video about procrastination, but I haven't got around to it.

February 27, 2018 at 12:21PM

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Madara
writer/director
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I deal with procrastination by waiting for it to go away.

February 26, 2018 at 6:44PM

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Batutta
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February 27, 2018 at 12:16AM

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Incredible tutorial) Thanks a lot for sharing)

February 27, 2018 at 11:46AM

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jacob bright
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Very good point. I've found myself to work in the same way.

February 28, 2018 at 10:40AM

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Giri Klausner
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