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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.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - is the location. Good luck finding it.

As a PM, PC, AD or just a person who is sending set or location directions to cast and crew, make sure you provide directions which are easy to understand. Include information like the actual address, turn-to-turn mileage numbers, prominent landmarks (if they will be helpful) and any road construction issues that might be encountered. Also, please check the address to make sure that it can be found using a GPS device (and if it is not detectable via GPS, let your team know that).