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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.
It's the Same, Only Different
There are feature films, shorts, industrials, music videos, commercials and instructionals. There are narratives and documentaries, live action and animated. Docudramas and reality projects. There are ultra-low budget films and big, bloated tent pole blockbusters. And they will all benefit from the same sort of careful planning and preparation I am writing about in my blog posts. The degree of prep is going to vary depending on the size and scope of your project but by approaching all your work in a similar fashion, I believe that you will increase the chances of successfully completing your film (and not being completely crazy at the end of it all).