I think one of the most difficult things to do when your working on a huge project by yourself is to maintain a healthy, productive working pace... You want to work as hard and as fast as you possibly can BUT when you work too hard for too long with no breaks in concentration or even breaks to go anywhere else but the park at 5am to run every morning for two weeks you start to get sick... for me I get headaches, dizziness and nausea like I have right now 0_o
You have to constantly remind yourself that your in it for the LONG HAUL... TRY to lose sight of the end.... because if you focus on it you might start sprinting too soon and run out of gas before the finish line... now the end of the film should be the best so that would be failing very much so... BUT its usually thinking of the END that motivates you "OMG WHEN THIS IS FINISHED?!?" etc.... So you need those thoughts to stay motivated BUT if they get out of hand you work too hard and make yourself sick... at least this is what happens to me...
Its tough because NOW I'm about %80 done... so I CAN SEE THE FINISH LINE.... BUT I have to take a deep breath and remember to keep the steady pace that gotten me here... also with the end COMES tons more technical issues and questions to be solved so my brain starts thinking about online/offline workflows.... video codecs for the master version... when to make the 16.9 version from the 2.39 master... how many more hard drives am I going to need before its done?... best way to configure my systems for compositing/editing? How I'm going to set black levels... what monitor/method of color correction to make sure my levels are where they should be.... THEN come all the release/distribution thoughts... How am I going to release it? Am I going to do festivals which ones? What about the explorable 3d environments? What about the "book"? What about web stuff?! What WHAT WHAT... So as you can see there's over 9000 things that can drive you nuts after the film is done AND as you know...making the film is MAYBE the easy part today... the DIFFICULT part is getting it seen and the EVEN MORE difficult part is making enough money from it to make another one and survive... BUT I love making my films so I deal with the pain and all that.... + I'm a masochist ^ ^
So all that stuff in my head+work+ no break makes me PUKE... well at least I'm better than when I was working on "We are the Strange" I broke down into tears a few times during that one as I lacked the mental toughness I have now... its just my physicality that is letting me down... ahhhh to be an android... someDAY....k back to werk ^ ^ BUUUUAAAHHHAAAGGHHHHH Sorry did I get that on your computer?!