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.
Introduction to Due Diligence
Do your due diligence. By this I mean cross all your "t"s and dot all your "i"s.
Independent filmmaking is a minefield of minutia and, unfortunately, the one thing you forget to do could be the one thing that trips you up.
Get all your permissions, have all your releases signed and GET INSURANCE. It's all a pain but it's all totally necessary. (Wednesday, June 18, 2014)