The deadline is quickly approaching, with twelve days left to finish your short film for the competition – there’s been some great entries coming in already, so now’s the time to start putting that finishing shine on your film!
And if you need a little help getting (and staying!) on track for that final push, we’ve got some tips for staying motivated during these last stages of your filmmaking process! Remember to keep up the positive vibes and keep having fun with it – and get ready to celebrate when it’s all over!
1. Set goals!
There is nothing more rewarding than sitting down to a big to-do list and being able to check things off one by one. You know that your ultimate goal is to make and submit an awesome original short film into the Nextwave comp, but try breaking the process down day-by-day, and check your goals off daily! You’ll be amazed at how quickly it all falls into place with a little structure!
This isn’t just a tip for staying motivated during filmmaking, this can be applied to school, work, chores, anything!
2. Mistakes are part of the process!
It’s so easy to lose motivation after making a mistake, but a mistake is simply a chance to learn and grow. Take a step back, look at the bigger picture, and use your mistake as an opportunity to make your film even better!
3.Fake it ’til you make it!
Sometimes, when trying to complete any task, we can be our own worst enemy. But here’s a little mental health secret. Your brain is super suggestible! And if you tell it something enough, it’ll eventually believe it. Tell yourself that you’re awesome and creative and are making an amazing short film because it’s true! We believe in you, and you should believe in you too!
4. Have a motivator!
It can sometimes be really hard to self motivate. If you’ve had to attend online classes recently, you’ll know how true that can be. A good tip is to have someone else keep you on track. Tell them your goals for the day, whether it be filming or editing or writing, and ask them to check in on you every now and again to keep you on track!
5. Watch a movie! (No, seriously!)
You can’t be a lean, mean, filmmaking machine all day every day, and that’s totally fine. Taking a break is often the mental reset you need to get back to work with some new energy!
There you have it, our top tips for keeping yourself on track. We hope you find these useful, and don’t forget, as that deadline approaches the Nextwave Team are here for you! If you need to run a question by us reach out here, and we’ll always try and work through your filmmaking queries and get your film made!