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.
No One Really Writes a Screenplay in Five Days
When planning to write a screenplay, you should start with a roadmap of some kind - a beat sheet or an outline. You need something to lead you through your inciting incident, your plot points, your challenging-to-write second act and, of course, your resolution.
Keep in mind that screenplays typically don't get written overnight or in a week or a month.
You'll write, you'll rewrite, and then you'll put it away for a while so that when you go back for yet another draft, you can read the manuscript with "fresh eyes".
Patience is truly a virtue when writing a screenplay. (Wednesday, June 11, 2014)