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.
Food and Snacks
Feeding your cast and crew properly, on time and providing them with a nice variety of not just meals but delicious and healthy craft services will go a long way towards keeping everyone happy. And believe me, a happy crew makes for a happy director and eventually leads to a better final outcome. (Tuesday, June 10, 2014)