“For everyone who has ever thought about making a video but have been thinking about how to do it, I have a foolproof 5-step plan to turning those thoughts into something real. My name is Mandel Lum and you’re watching Behind The Scenes, a weekly internet series that brings you backstage to show you how I make my films.
So let’s say you’ve got a great idea that begs to become a video. You’ve got great friends who would be absolutely ready and willing to give up a Saturday afternoon to help you shoot. But that’s the end of it. All this possibility, but when Saturday rolls around you’re still in your jammies browsing Facebook. Inactivity is the worst thing that could happen to a creative. Why? Because it’s creative quicksand. There’s nothing else on this Earth is so deadly to the filmmaker but is so easy to get out of.
So don’t fret if you’re feeling stuck.There are a few things that you can get the energy you need to make your film.
1. I always feel invigorated after reading DIY blogs. Knowing that someone out there has faced the same problem I’m facing and has overcome it, makes me inspired to create. Youtube is a great tool to get inspired by the world of mediamakers out there.
2. If it’s not on the internet, it’s not real. Announce your plans to the world. You might be suprised to discover the people on your friends list who are interested in helping you to succeed.
3. Speaking of your friends, ask a close friend to help you stay on track. They don’t necessarily have to help you act or hold the camera, but it helps that you have a trusted person to hold you accountable for the goals you’ve set. Ja over here helps me to stay on track all the time.
4. Projects always feel a little more manageable after you split it up into bite-sized tasks. Your first task may be to write a script. That’s a big one, so I suggest you split that into even smaller pieces. For instance, every day for the next 5 days, spend an hour to write down what the plot structure is going to be.
5. And for the fun part…Celebrate important milestones when you reach them. Nothing makes you trust the system more than a well-earned reward. And it doesn’t have to be big. Maybe going to that restaurant you’ve been wanting to try. Or just a fun game night with friends. And while you’re at it, announce your achievement on your Facebook profile. It’ll reinforce the progress you’re making on your film.
That’s it. My five steps:
Find your inspiration. Tell the internet. Tell a trusted friend. Break up your project into tasks. And then celebrate important milestones.
Thanks for watching Behind the Scenes. You can subscribe right here. If you’ve got any questions you’d like me to answer, put them in the comments and I might make a video answering it. Check back in tomorrow as this is our series premiere week and we’re releasing one show per day from April 30th to May 4th.
I’ll see you tomorrow.