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.
Earlier today, I posted an update for my upcoming seminar and accidentally posted the wrong month (June instead of July).
That was bad (and could have made readers think that they had missed the seminar). I didn't notice it.
A friend noticed it and sent me a message about it. I looked and couldn't find the typo. I wrote back to him. He sent me a screen shot.
STILL couldn't find it.
He sent me ANOTHER screenshot with the error circled in red and an arrow pointing to it. I FINALLY saw it.
My point? As the writers, we are often so close to what we have written that we don't see the mistakes or automatically gloss over things like missing words. The best way to fight this is to have someone else proof your work (and only once. They may fall into that same dilemma on a subsequent read). Develop a nice cadre of "readers" you can trust and who have an understanding of proper grammar and punctuation and entice them to read your work. It's worth the pizza or six pack to have them as part of your support system. (July 4th, 2014)