June 12, 2015 at 9:27PM

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Procrastination & Filmmaking

Do you guys procrastinate? I do. Big time. Main excuses: equipment hoarding and self-perceived lack of knowledge. What are yours?

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I don't necessarily procrastinate, but I have to work with other people's schedules. I am planning to shoot a YouTube series in the Fall because my main actors are going to be away on vacation all summer.

Also, prep work takes a lot more time to get everything and everyone organized and ready for a shoot. ( the shoot is usually much easier than the prep work )

June 12, 2015 at 11:39PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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I procrastinate, but more in the sense of taking the spare time I have and use it on other stuff than sitting down and write on my script. It's hard to actually prioritise time for it when you've got a lot of things going on. Or maybe it isn't that hard, it's just that I'm not willing to take the time needed to make things happen...?

June 13, 2015 at 8:21AM, Edited June 13, 8:21AM

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Morten Furre
Director, Editor, Screenwriter
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I go on rushes. I get asked why all my credits (acting and crew) are so close then so far apart. I dont know really why, could be depression or any number of self depricating ways of being but I will work for a straight year. Non stop job after job type months then stop because one went wrong. Then its a year or two of procrastinating til I get sick of it. Its a vicious cycle.

June 13, 2015 at 6:18PM

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Chris Hackett
Director, Director of Photography, Writer
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I definitely procrastinate. Its not that I make up excuses, its just that I have budget issues and other things going on. Whenever I get an idea of how to move things along and it does not go the way I thought it would, I go back to dreaming.

June 14, 2015 at 1:29AM

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Trae Dukes
Entry Level
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Yes time wasting on blogs that maybe arent as important as writing / shooting... though they have their place for sure. Sharing, the community etc. Also Halo the masterchief collection co-op with my business partner... and arkham city

June 14, 2015 at 6:03AM, Edited June 14, 6:04AM

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Dean Butler
Writer Director Shooter Editor
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How did you like the Arkham Knight? I know you played it

August 26, 2015 at 2:40AM

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Trae Dukes
Entry Level
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Well, my return question is:
what knowledge do you think you lack?
In what way is it stopping you?
Do you need that knowledge to do anything now?

Sometimes you need time to do nothing: incubation time.
But after that you need to get going and be self-motivated enough to take action.

June 15, 2015 at 5:04AM

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WalterBrokx
Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuHfVn_cfHU

This was the only thing that I could think of re: films and procrastination.

I find that it helps with procrastination when you have set tasks and a boss who kicks your ass if you don't do your work. In general, working with other people helps cut down dead time.

June 15, 2015 at 6:09AM

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The main cause of my procrastination towards my own projects is people. I'm scared to depend on actors because
I DP'd 2 indie films that still are not finished because of peoples schedules. It's been over two years for these films. I fear that the same thing will happen when I direct my own work. People will lose interest and pull no call no shows. Which leads to the next problem; money. I know that if I pay people, they are more likely to push on.

June 15, 2015 at 6:11PM

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Don Way
Writer/Director of Photography
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Don't wait for others. If they can't commit, find somebody else.
This is the lesson I learned about commercial video. There are a lot of dilletatntes who can't help you with that real estate shoot thats going to pay your electricity bill this month because they might be getting a walk on role in a no name indie film, etc.
Find people who are ready to go, who understand commercial pays the bills and hones your craft.
Prep. isn't procrastination, it's everything. If you're prepping, you're working, but checking NFS for camera reviews isn't prep work :)
Shooting a ton of crap isn't the same as shooting one, well prepared piece.
I should know, I've shot a ton of crap.
Don't beat yourself up about procrastination, just make it productive. If I can't face the editing work, I look up a cinema 4d / Illustrator / whatever- you -need to learn tutorial on you tube and try that instead.

June 17, 2015 at 1:48AM

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*dilettantes . . .don't drink and post kids :)

June 17, 2015 at 2:01PM

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I recently found this book, and it has helped me immensely. Sounds like an infomercial, but I'm sincere. Steve Pressman's "The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles".

June 17, 2015 at 5:58PM

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I procrastinate in the sense I leave a lot until the last minute, but I find I'm better this way. If I do everything early I get complacent and don't seem to have as good results.

Everyone is different in that sense I suppose.

June 18, 2015 at 10:18AM

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Andy O'Neill
Filmmaker / Cinematographer
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