Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,
The special word of the day is "Finish" (finish what you start)
I met another Muslim filmmaker online from JustSayGoFilms and he hooked me up with some great advise. Actually, its the same consistent advise I find myself receiving from other filmmakers: "Complete your project". I asked one filmmaker why I get the same words of advise from so many people, he told that because people lose motivation, give up, and never finish what they started. One reason behind this is because they expect a "Spielberg" product for their first movie and spend too much time trying to get their first project to reach that standard (yeah right!). Not only does this delay the competition of the film, but the extended period of time working on the project causes your crew members to lose motivation and disappear.
Right now we are having a tough time casting people and I'm not surprised because so many people have been "talkers" in the past. The idea is to set small goals (finish short movies) to build the team's confidence (including mine). Alhamdulillah, our first short is less than 10 minutes and our first documentary is no more than 1 day of shooting so I think we're cool. I purposely set small goals for us at first because they are easier to complete. Each time we complete a film, we gain more experience under our belt, learn to work together better together, and build the confidence to take on bigger tasks.
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