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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.

Check Your Email Regularly

You've booked a commercial, an industrial video or a role in a film. Congratulations! Over the next few days, I'm going to post some recommendations to make your gig go more smoothly. 

Today's tip... If you are communicating with the commercial producer via email, be sure to check your email frequently up until the time you leave for the shoot. There may be a last minute change that comes to you in an email. Also, it's very important to reply to every email you receive so your contact on the shoot knows you got the message.