5 Step Method to Stay Motivated in Filmmaking by Jess Palmer

LoneRoss Productions is a company that LOVES making films. We live, dream and breath storytelling and filmmaking - but it doesn't always feel that way. Like everyone, we struggle with staying motivated to create new stories to tell on screen, so sometimes it's great to grab some motivational words from someone else going through the exact same thing! Check out this awesome article by Jess Palmer on staying motivated to create! "Recognize that filmmaking motivation will come and go as it pleases." Think about when you started a relationship with somebody new. Remember the feeling? Enthusiastic as hell, high on the prospect of success, etc. Did you really expect that feeling to last? Of course, some relationships will fail due to whatever shitty circumstance may come your way. But short of some ghastly placed in-grown hair or some mutant deformity, you still make strides to carry on. Sure, in an ideal universe you would want that initial feeling to last, but unfortunately for all of us that’s a universe of fantasy.

"The movie is the fantasy. The making of it is not."

But what happens when actors drop out, or when equipment breaks down or your taxes don’t get filed in time? First, I challenge you to find a film production, in the history of film, that has ever gone smoothly. During the shooting of the tunnel scene in The Dark Knight the crew actually destroyed one of four of the world’s IMAX cameras!

Why persist?

Because we’re filmmakers, and the best skill you can have is to adapt to any difficult situation. The more obstacles hurdled on a project, the more proud you’ll be of the product. 1. PRIORITIZE AND ELIMINATE GUILT

Yes, what you’re feeling right now is guilt, but you can fix that.

To understand how to prioritize, consider your “Basket.” As Richard Carson eloquently put it in his famous book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, picture a basket full of tasks you’d like to complete before you die. When you’re in your casket, that basket will NEVER be empty. Translation? You will ALWAYS be procrastinating, even until your death!

Like me, I want to go rock climbing, watch a bunch of old movies, visit the Greek ruins, but I’m writing this article instead. I know that as long as I’m making strides in one direction then I have no reason to feel guilty not making strides in another. You are only human, so stop beating yourself up and decide what is important to you. Once you find it, hone in on it and don’t feel guilty about leaving the other stuff behind.

Read the full article by Jess Palmer here.