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5 Reasons Why Procrastination Is Bad For Business.

by: Alex Flemmings on

Most entrepreneurs know that procrastination has no place in business. And most often, we don't shake the bad habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. To top that off, try to save face with a justifiable excuse reason, when held accountable. So why do we do it. In the video below,  famed blogger, Tim Urban does a great job of understanding what goes on in the minds of procrastinators in this hilarious and insightful Ted talk.

So why is procrastination bad for business? Here are five (5) main reasons:

Missed Opportunities

Opportunity knocks, but sometimes, it only knocks once. If you’re not ready to answer the door and seize the moment, you just might miss out. Imagine your company looking at another prosperous business to either merge, or buy them out. These things definitely take time, but if you wait too long, a competitor might jump on the deal and snatch them right from underneath you. Business leaders must understand the importance of moving quickly while in the process of evaluating their options.

Ruins Customer Relationships

Procrastination can also ruin the relationships you have with your customers. It could start small and blow up to something hugely negative. First it’s failing to respond to their inquiries in a timely manner. Then it’s not getting their orders out on time. No matter what form it takes, procrastination is a relationship killer for the simple that it betrays the trust that existed between you and the customer. Once that happens, your entire image could take a hit.

Damage Your Reputation

If your business becomes known for procrastination or not delivering, your reputation is bound to take a hit. Reputation management is crucial in times when everything about you can easily find its way to a discussion forum, blog, or social network. Don’t think your customers won’t use these channels to speak negatively about you. They will in a heartbeat. And the more you procrastinate with servicing them, the more likely they are to do so.

Affects Your Health

A recent study indicates that chronic procrastination may make people more vulnerable to serious health conditions like cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Psychological scientist Fuschia Sirois of Bishop’s University in Quebec reports that trait procrastination—that is, a tendency to delay important tasks despite the negative consequences—was significantly associated with having hypertension or cardiovascular disease (HT/CVD) even after controlling for the effects of age, race, educational level, and other personality factors. Evidence suggests that putting off important tasks causes stress, and this additional stress contributes to negative psychophysiological impacts on the body which increase our vulnerability for illness. Previous research has linked chronic procrastination to a range of stress-related health problems such as headaches, digestive issues, colds and flus, and insomnia.

Prevents you from achieving your goals

Procrastination is simply putting off doing what you need to do today for tomorrow. The sad thing with most business owners / entrepreneurs, is that tomorrow never comes. Procrastination is the enemy of progress and the friend of complacency. It will leave you with no drive, motivation or excitement in challenging yourself to move forward in achieving your goals.When you procrastinate, you put your vision, desires, and goals on hold. You put things off under the illusion that you will get to them another day or when you have more time. You make layers of excuses. You constantly postpone taking action.


When it comes to your business, procrastination typically possesses more downsides than ups. So how do you elude its’ often brutal grasp? I’ll leave you with these simple tidbits:

  1.  Don’t just envision your goals — actually write them down. Even the short ones.
  2. Know your priorities. What’s more important? Chasing new leads or nurturing the customers you already have?
  3. Maintain strong focus. It can be difficult to stay motivated. Remember, lack of motivation and procrastination go hand in hand. 

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SOURCES:

http://leadtoimpact.com/ten-reasons-why-people-dont-achieve-their-goals/ https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/7-ways-procrastination-can-stunt-your-business-growth/
https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/minds-business/better-get-to-work-procrastination-may-harm-heart-health.html#.WS7kBOvyttQ
https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_urban_inside_the_mind_of_a_master_procrastinator

What Would You Do?

by: Javia Flemmings on

You show up to interview for your dream job and this happens...








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When The Smoke Clears!

by: Javia Flemmings on

My Fello Spartans! There is another professional editing software that I cannot fail to mention, In fact, I should call it a complete "finishing" platform for filmmaking. What once was out of range for the average independent filmmakers is finally making its way to newage editors across the globe. Autodesk® Smoke® 2013 video editing software for Mac® combines the nonlinear creative workflow of a video editor with 3D visual effects and post-production tools in a single application. Manage entire projects from first cut to final delivery with the powerful and connected set of video editing and effects tools in Smoke.



Autodesk Smoke 2013 is scheduled to be available in the fall of 2012. if you Purchase an Autodesk Smoke 2012 license with subscription, you will receive Smoke 2013 upon availability as a benefit.
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First Images from The Blackmagic Cinema Camera

by: Alex Flemmings on

Isn't She lovely?

The days seem to be agonizingly long until the guys at Blackmagic Cinema release this attractive piece of gear in the hands of anxious cinematographers. In case you just came back from NASA's Mars/Rover Mission (aka WALL E), then heres what you missed. 

Blackmagic Cinema Camera features a high resolution sensor with wide dynamic range so it’s perfect for independent film, television commercials and episodic television production. DaVinci Resolve software for Mac™ and Windows™ is included so you can work at the highest quality and get the best results. Blackmagic Cinema Camera is both affordable and a complete solution because it includes a built-in recorder and monitoring, so it’s perfect for displacing video-only cameras for work such as sporting events, weddings, music videos and more! 

 So heres " Pieces" of the first footage from this Cinema Camera tests from John Brawley. You can comment directly on the timeline of the video. Tell us what you think!


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APERTUS AXIOM

by: Alex Flemmings on

We want to talk about a movement we have been watching for quite some time now, namely Apertus Open Source Cinema. The goal of the Apertus project is to create a powerful, free (in terms of liberty) and open cinema camera that we as filmmakers love to use. The idea of using an Elphel camera for this particular purpose was born in 2006, found many followers over the years and ultimately resulted in this community driven project entitled "Apertus" (Latin for Free, Open) and this website, www.apertus.org.

Heres the latest post from APERTUS. 
Now there is no turning back anymore. Today we announced the product name of our new camera in the first of the Apertus talks in the Media, Radio, Television and Professional Graphics category at LSM. The future of open cinema cameras from now on has a name: APERTUS AXIOM

Axiom

  We have actually been rather careful and secretive not to release too much information about the new camera on the Internet as we do not want to follow the unfortunately quite commmon practice of how other companies announce their products: they just promise you whatever you want to hear and a couple of years later they admit that this product is not ever going to see the light of the day. So we made sure that what we announce is solid and well thought through. But still a word of precaution: We will need your help to create Axiom, only if we manage to succeed with our kickstarter campaign we will be able to afford the development. Currently we are still working on preparing the material for the campaign, unfortunately its taking longer than we hoped it would - Watch this video below and stay tuned.

The Wizard of Digital Filmaking

by: Alex Flemmings on

The Wizard

The Wizard is at it again. Yes, Machete Kills aka Machete 2 seems to be a reality. The Rodriquez film is said to have a release date sometime next year (2013). As expected, this pioneer in digital filmmaking is seen shooting with the Alexa Digital Cinema camera. 

Check out this quick BTS (Behind the scenes) photo with the beautiful Sophia Vergara (Madame Desdesmona).  Photos: On Set "Machete Kills" - Troublemaker Studios

Sexy Sophia

Director Robert Rodriguez known for films such as - El mariachi (1992) - which made him the legend of independent, ultra-low budget filmmaking. His further career is a sign for young filmmakers that even the wildest dreams may come true if you are brave enough to follow your own path. Since then, Robert has written, directed, edited, and/or produced around 12 movies (as of 2007), including: Desperado(1995), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), The Faculty (1998) and Spy Kids (2001).

Top 5 Ultimate Film & Television Production Apps

by: Marjon Edwards on

There are many apps today that are great tools for filmmakers. We have compiled a small list of the most outstanding apps that turn your iOS device into a useful filmmaking tools. Some of these apps work surprisingly great, some are extremely accurate and some are beginning to set new standards in digital filmmaking and television production. Needless to say, an app won’t make you a better filmmaker, television or content producer, but in the hands of a professional, it could aid to achieve extreme efficiency. 

So here is our top 5 picks for the ultimate digital film and television production apps. 

Hitchcock (Storyboard Composer) 

This app from Cinemek® is a mobile app storyboard composer designed for Directors, Directors of Photography, Producers, Writers, Animators, Art Directors, film students and anyone who wants to be able to visualize their story. 

Artemis Artemis

Artemis Artemis is a digital directors viewfinder for the iPhone. Designed with both cinematographers and directors in mind, Artemis works in much the same way as a traditional directors viewfinder, though much more accurately and much more conveniently. 

FiRe Field Recorder

With a nice rubbery case and the appropriate extension or adapter, your iPhone transforms in a bonafide field recorder. Fire was created specifically to be a field recorder for the iPhone. 

pCam Film and Digital Calculator

pCam Film and Digital calculator is a Motion Picture and Still Photography calculator that calculates depth of field, field of view, focus splits, hyper-focal distance, exposure compensation, running time, HMI safe speeds and shutters, color correction filter and much more.  

pCam 

ProPrompter 

This app allows you to use your iPhone or iPod touch as a smooth scrolling professional teleprompter. Scripts can be loaded via email copy/ via the FREE ProPrompter Producer site for unlimited script management and greater security than email or local networks. The best feature of this app that we have tested is the ability to control multi devices  remotely.  

We want hear how you feel about our picks, so please leave a comment below. With this, we leave you with the always entertaining Ryan Connolly from Film Slate and Film Riot, on the Revision 3 channel giving you his list of the Best iPhone Apps for Filmakers! 


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The Game Changer

by: Alex Flemmings on

Blackmagic Cinema Camera features an amazing 2.5K image sensor with a wide 13 stops of dynamic range for a true digital film camera. You get a built-in SSD recorder, popular open standard uncompressed RAW and compressed file formats, compatibility with quality EF and ZE mount lenses, LCD touch screen monitoring plus metadata entry, all packed into an exciting hand held design!

Blackmagic Cinema Camera features a high-resolution sensor with wide dynamic range so it’s perfect for independent film, television commercials and episodic television production. DaVinci Resolve software for Mac™ and Windows™ is included so you can work at the highest quality and get the best results. Blackmagic Cinema Camera is both affordable and a complete solution because it includes a built-in recorder and monitoring, so it’s perfect for displacing video-only cameras for work such as sporting events, weddings, music videos and more!

See more INFO and footage at these links.
http://www.cinema5d.com/news/?p=10835

http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/blackmagiccinemacamera/

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