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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.

Sure, It's a Brilliant Scene But What if it Doesn't Fit?

William Goldman (screenwriter of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "Marathon Man", "The Princess Bride") once famously said that, as a screenwriter, you must occasionally "murder your darlings". You may have written a brilliant scene or some scintillating dialogue but if what you wrote does not move your story forward or serve the greater good of the screenplay, you may have to eliminate it. "Murdering your darlings" is a difficult thing to do but it might just improve your screenplay. (Saturday, June 21, 2014)