Director's Notes - Directly from the "From Script to Screen" seminar (check out "Tom's Blog" page for more notes)
Do it right first.
Making a film - any film - will require a lot of patience, a lot of perserverance and a lot of attention to detail. The best advice I can give first time filmmakers is to do it right first. Taking "shortcuts" often results in much more work down the road. For example, hiring or engaging a script supervisor in the short run might increase your total budget a bit right from the start but will save you tons of time as you move from the shooting to the editing process. Try not to cut corners to save a nickel and end up spending many times that nickle in the long run. You'll thank yourself at the end of the process.
Aesthetics of Screenplay
Knowing how to "craft" a screenplay is just as important as your initial roadmap. "Crafting" involves concepts like writing down the page, understanding and utilizing negative or white space on your individual pages, and writing in the active present tense.
If you don't know what those terms mean, you'd be better served to learn that BEFORE you start writing. (Thursday, June 12, 2014)