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.
Take a Day Off.
Give yourself a day off during the week if your budget can afford it. I get it - sometimes you have to work a seven day week due to actor or scheduling issues but, if you can, take one day off a week to decompress, get away from the set and breathe. You, your cast and your crew will be back at it again on Monday but I recommend giving everyone a day to relax (and Sunday is a nice day to do that). (Sunday, June 8, 2014)