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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.

How Do You Eat an Elephant?

There are thousands of little things that need to be done in the process of making a film - writing, formatting, scheduling, budgeting, casting, scouting, crewing, managing a set, feeding your crew, getting releases, maintaining appropriate insurance, protecting cast and crew, transporting cast and crew, editing, sweetening, conforming, scoring, submitting, promoting, negotiating - and that's just the beginning. 

Don't try to eat the filmmaking elephant all in one bite. Take your time, do your research, be thorough, be concise, check and recheck and double check. 

Remember, slow and steady wins the race (and completes the film). (Friday, June 20, 2014)