Beat Procrastination & Make Your Film This Year

"Creative work is a gift to the world and every being in it."


“Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”

Why do you read blogs about filmmaking?

Are you a filmmaker? Thinking about becoming a filmmaker? Is it something you’ve wanted to explore but put off year after year for when you have more time?

If so, you’re not alone. Seriously, we’ve all been there; procrastination hounds us all – but that’s only half of the picture. For we creative types, the other half of the picture is best expressed by Steven Pressfield in The War of Art:

“We don’t tell ourselves, ‘I’m never going to write my symphony.’ Instead we say, ‘I am going to write my symphony, I’m just going to start tomorrow’… The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit.”

From's "Why Procrastinators Procrastinate"

From’s “Why Procrastinators Procrastinate”

“Life is what happens when we’re busy making other plans”, but it doesn’t have to be, since we can control how we spend our time. We choose whether we write in the morning or sleep in. We choose whether we shoot a film on the weekend or curl up with a book.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with catching some extra shut eye or reading the hours away – both can recharge heart, mind, and soul! – but for we creative types, “input” must be balanced with “output”. We must produce as well as consume.

A bitter pill to swallow, but if we let it, the medicine will work its magic. “Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action,” Pressfield urges us. “Do it or don’t do it.”

It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet…

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.


If you want to become a filmmaker but aren’t sure where to start – if the filmmaking blogs you read are inspiring, the video essays you watch informative, but you find yourself eager for something more structured and hands-on – then we’d love to help.

Here at Lights Online Film School, we invite you to take $100 off any of our filmmaking course enrollment options through Thursday, January 14 – our biggest sale event of the year.  To begin, click here for a course overview, pricing details, and enrollment steps. Simply choose your enrollment level, enter the coupon code “newyear” on the checkout page, and get started!

The last 12 months have been an exciting time for the Lights community. We launched a music video course for aspiring music video directors, overhauled the site for a cleaner look and better functionality, and started several new blog series; an extension of our effort to help filmmakers of all interests, ages, and backgrounds find their voices and hone their craft.

And we’re just getting started. Looking forward, 2016 promises more content for students and readers alike, including a brand new course we’ll detail later this year. For now, hang tight and turn “someday” into “now”. Whether you pursue filmmaking by joining our community or another, we encourage you to get out there and start rolling!

Don’t cheat the world of your contribution. “Give us what you got.”

Happy New Year,

 Michael Koehler, with

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