Show respect to every person on the set, whether the
biggest of stars or a PA on her first film. Good karma with be rewarded
Pick your battles
Learn which battles to fight, and which to let go.
If you expend too much energy engaging in a battle for a small thing,
good luck in getting support for something big that you may really
Don’t compromise your art! One of the hardest things
to do is to continue to maintain the highest standards in your work.
We get tired, we get lazy and we get pressured. It’s been my experience
that whenever I haven’t taken the extra minute to fix something
small on the set, I’ve come to regret it in the final product—a
product that is permanently fixed to a piece of film or a DVD!
It’s not over ‘til…
The movie is not over when you finish filming! Be
involved in the film until the day it hits the theater. Carefully
nurturing the film through the color timing of the answer print
is not enough. You must supervise the timing of any intermediates
and approve the release prints personally to make sure that the
picture looks the way you intended it to by the time it makes it
to the theater. It’s also essential to completely supervise any
and all video mastering.
It’s the small things that count
Always return phone calls. I know this sounds more
like a producer’s tip, but it is one small thing that can make a
big difference in everyone’s career. We all deserve the respect
of having our call returned, and we will all be on both sides of
the phone at one time or another in our careers.
Choose your projects carefully
Choose the projects carefully! This may seem like
a luxury when you are starting out, but the films you decide to
be a part of now are the foundation of a body of work that you will
be judged on in consideration for each successive project. If you
are true to your art form then the money should be secondary to
building a great body of work that you can be proud of. If the money
is more important, I recommend real estate!