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.
Filmmaker or Control Freak - or Both
Being a filmmaker (producer, director - whichever term you like to use) requires that you be a bit of a control freak. There are so many threads that go into making a film and if you aren't controlling all of them, you are headed for disaster. From a carefully crafted story to obtaining all your documentation to providing good eats on the set, you have to control it all. The result will be a project you can be proud of - and then you can go out and try to sell it. (Monday, June 16, 2014)