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Director's Notes - Directly from the "From Script to Screen" seminar (check out "Tom's Blog" page for more notes)
First, do it right.
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.
Cell Phones Are Essential
It's important to not only check your emails for messages from your contact on your gig (AD, production coordinator or production secretary, etc.) but also to make sure your contact has your cellphone number in the event of a truly last minute change. Equally as important, you should have your contact's cellphone number in case you are somehow unavoidably detained. It's all about effective and efficient communication.