Managing time

I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m busy, yet everyone thinks they are busy. Unless you are one of the people who have the luxury of occasionally being bored, most of us consider ourselves busy. My current problem is that I am spread quite thinly across lots of different projects and don’t feel like there is closure or completion on any of them.  This will of course change as time moves on and projects naturally determine a sense of urgency and a need to be completed. Then the adrenaline kicks in and everything gets done. But is it my best work?

Why do we leave things to the last minute? John Bradburn and I once joked that we would shoot a feature in three days just to prove to students that they too could do a better job, even if they did leave it to the last minute. Just because you’re short on time doesn’t mean you can’t get the job done.

But could the job be done better? Why hurry the process of making a film, squeezing it into 72 hours when you can do it properly and take your time? I must admit that I find that I am asking myself this question more and more. Whereas before, when we were younger and more energetic, the process was a punk ethos of no pretension and just getting the film done. I find it difficult to keep that energetic edge. I have lost the motivation to rush when we have done this before. But we must do it again, not because we have anything left to prove, but because there are new challenges to motivate us.

But do we need to rush? The answer is yes. The reason is that time is limited and everyone thinks they are busy. And regardless of whether you are busy or not, the fact that you think you are busy means you don’t have much time to dedicate to doing a project like this. So we are going to be quick and fast, an empowering event that will resonate for far longer than the time it takes to make the movie. The shoot may be fast, but the experience lasts your lifetime.

James

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