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May 16, 2003 at 8:35 pm #2982
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hey all, its been a while since i’ve posted here, all for good reason. i have been working/procrastinating on my movie and im afraid that i have taken so long to do it that i have gotten numerous other ideas for other movies. however, i am commited to finshing Duality and i wanted to know some tips from you on how to keep yourself going on long projects. thanks guys

May 16, 2003 at 8:53 pm #2983
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Drunken Farmer Ben

Well, there are some things you can do to keep your attention….ooo, a butterfly.

May 16, 2003 at 9:39 pm #2985
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oooo difficult question – as a noob it’s still all fresh and new so difficult to say what’s best to keep you focussed on a film but …

A couple of years ago I wrote acouple of technical books – 10 weeks of 5 hours a night solid work and what kept me going was to look at what I’d already produced and think about how much effort would be wasted if I didn’t finish. I would also regularly give any new work to friends etc to take a look at – the support of those who are not so closely connected with the project can be a great motivator !


May 16, 2003 at 10:09 pm #2986
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Brian of Gep

One way is to set a deadline for yourself.
(works best with something like a contest… You can tell yourself that if you don’t do it NOW, you won’t finish… Works for me, maybe not for you)

Another thing is to just sit down and DO IT.
Unplug your computer, your phone, close your door, and take everything remotely interesting away, except for a pencil and a notebook… Then write your script.

And make sure your topic interests you.
Choose something you really like,
and start small. (i.e. four or five minutes)

but whatever you do, don’t over-hype in the forums. :P

May 16, 2003 at 10:22 pm #2988
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Night Fox

One thing i do is i get a coke a sandwich a camera and a comp (after you have written your script ofcorse). Then you have something to taste while your hard at work doin your movie.

For me the hardest thing about making a film is sound effects. My god i hate them. :x
So hard to find quality sounda effects.

May 16, 2003 at 10:27 pm #2989
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One good way to stay motivated is to have an exasperated girlfriend who says things like “If you don’t finish this film soon, I’m selling all your lego”

Also, a firm deadline (eg BricksWest/BrickFest) is handy. I was so bored with making Out Of Time that I probably would have given up on it and started something else if it wasn’t for the BricksWest deadline.

May 16, 2003 at 11:38 pm #2993
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To keep me going I just imagin how great the movie will be onces it’s finished and what an acomplishment it will be.

May 17, 2003 at 12:13 am #3001
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:) I agree with Ferder, just imagine how neat it will look when your done. If you can control yourself and stop yourself from rushing, your possibilities can be endless. Me myself just love doing this so I dont need anything to keep me going. And if you dont like brickfilming then what are you doing here?

May 17, 2003 at 12:29 am #3004
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One more thing – I think it was zirk who said that if you find yourself saying “that’s good enough” or “that’ll do” then it isn’t and it won’t. I realise that doesn’t help when you’ve been working on the same 30 second scene for a week, but he’s right.

May 17, 2003 at 3:00 am #3016
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Absolutely, buxton. Couldn’t agree more. That is the type of attitude that makes the difference between a good film and an average film.

May 17, 2003 at 10:43 am #3030
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I listen to the trailer for Pirate of the Carribean trailer.

May 17, 2003 at 7:05 pm #3041
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Hmm in my short experience I never had this problem. But then again, you guys all film like its a movie where as I film like its for a TV show. I dont think we re-shot any scenes in our movies yet, instead, just cut them or added alot of editing. But then again, we were on a deadline for all of them.

I have a small suggestion, it works for me with things other than Brickfilming. Listen to music. Something really clear and upbeat. It makes things seem to go faster. And as long as you don’t concentrate too hard on the music instead of filming, by the end of a CD you will be like “Whoa, I just filmed 50 minutes(or so) nonstop.” Music helps you find a rythm making the work go faster. I usually listen to “Reel Big Fish” when I am mowing the lawn, seems to make it go a bit easier :)

May 18, 2003 at 3:40 am #3060
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Hmmmm……..my motivation is imagining that Double O Zero would come to life and kick my butt with all of his fancy weaponry if I did not finish his film, Operation Rubber Ducky. :o Same goes for Unkersnuff, his sidekick. He also goes by Oinkersniff or agent Double O Minus One.

May 18, 2003 at 5:34 am #3062
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My motivation is….. if i don’t make it people can’t see it. and i want people to see my movies so thats what keeps me intrested.

May 19, 2003 at 7:06 pm #3143
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I must agree… nothing beats a deadline when it comes to working on a film.

Personally, I’ve made almost every film to date with the clock ticking behind me. First, there was the Barber, on which we started two weeks before the deadline of the Classical Movie Contest, then I had less than a month to finish Great Inventors. And even Animation Class was made in a hurry, because Christmas was getting closer and ACCIB needed to be ready by then.


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