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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)
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.