In The Trenches—The Founder’s Daily Report: Day 335—Another No Editing Day

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012

In The Trenches—The Founder’s Daily Report:  Day 335—Another No Editing Day

Day 335:  Yeah, that’s none, even for now…again…in terms of edited scenes for the doc.  Okay, in my defense, we’re in a bit of a crunch for film project number one and getting some work out the door by Monday.  It has completely hijacked my editing flow for the last three days.  Only partially due to the work of it, mainly due to the excitement.  No, my focus is not laser right now.  I’m not going to lie, I’m not sure when I’m going to be able to concentrate on finishing (even for now) these last four scenes when I was supposed to finish them by the end of this weekend!  Deep sigh.  I’m going to try and get back to scene 34 tomorrow.  But I just scheduled an all day work session with my director, co-producer and my writer for the aforementioned crunch delivery on Sunday.  And then, well, I’m supposed to start official pre-production on Monday, which from that point forward, my time will be monopolized until we’re through production.  Hmmmmm.  What to do?

I’m thinking.

I’m finishing the post on my documentary film and I’m producing film project number one at the same time.  Pretty much exactly what I didn’t want to do!  I wanted to completely finish one before starting the other.  Or, at the very least, finish my work for this editing pass!  It would be easy to get overwhelmed and freak out right now.  I can literally feel the stress building as I type this.  I’m strongly considering going to stress city.  But you know what?  No.

Deep breath.

Life doesn’t always have perfectly clean edges.  It’s messy.  It’s sloppy.  There’s no clean line in the sand.  So, I say a big fat “NO” to freaking out.  That’s such a waste of energy anyway…which I should know because I am prone to doing it all the time.  But not today!  I’m just going to calmly stop stressing about it and instead, just go back to creating.  I’m just going to keep creating from what I have which is scene 34 to edit and revisions to get out the door for film project number one.  I will get our revisions out the door for film project number one by Monday.  I will edit scene 34 as soon as I can.  That’s all I can do.  Keep moving forward.  Keep creating.

Until tomorrow, create from what you have…the ability to stop stressing and start creating.

Kelli Joan Bennett is a filmmaker, actress, writer, entrepreneur, advocate for creative thinking and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Think Outside The Box Inside The Box Media.

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