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.
The Filmmaker Workout
Get in shape. Once you start the process of making your first film, you are going to be working long hours, dealing with a lot of people AND a lot of little problems. Being in good physical condition is going to help a lot. Of course there are plenty of filmmakers who aren't in the best of shape and they get their films done just fine. But why take the chance? Get on a decent, healthy diet and some sort of exercise program. You want your film to look as good as possible. Why not start out by looking as good as you can possibly look? (Thursday, June 19, 2014)