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12.31.2006

Assignment 34: Deadline Deadlock

Purpose: To learn when something is "good enough" and be done.

Basis: It is possible to tweak with something forever. You will never have forever to tweak with something. One of the biggest challenges as a media producer is learning when "good enough" is truly good enough. Deadlines help with this. It is amazing to watch the special features on DVDs and discover just how many times filmmakers barely "finished" their films in time for theatrical release. This is a very clear indication that without a release date, many of these film may still be in post-production.

Directions: Finish your movie this week. Edit your movie. Mix your soundtrack (effects/music). Render it out for delivery (DVD/web video).

Looking Forward: It’s time to put what you’ve learned into practice.

What to Read: "Learn to Let Go: How Success Killed Duke Nukem" [Mature Content Warning] This article wonderfully outlines what happens when you don't stop trying to make something awesome. And, honestly, we need to get done with one fantastic project so we can move on to the next.

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