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.
Investing In Your Career
When considering classes, seminars or training, don't look at the expenditure of money as a "payment". Look at it as an investment.
It is exactly that.
Just like going to college or a trade school, you are making an investment in your career. It doesn't matter if it's a class like my upcoming "From Script to Screen", an acting class or a workshop to learn the nuts and bolts of filmmaking equipment, they are all investments (and tax deductible). Stop hesitating and get started on learning the craft from the pros. (Saturday, June 28, 2014)