As a SEQUEL to 10 SIMPLE RULES FOR MAKING MOVIES,
here are 10 HELPFUL HINTS FOR DIRECTORS. I admit
I am often too anxious to remember them, myself.
1.EVERY SHOT IS OPENING NIGHT
In the theatre you have months to rehearse. On set you have minutes. If something goes wrong, you can’t put a sign on the screen that says, “it wasn’t my fault.” This is why so filmmakers go crazy.
2.THE PERFECT IS THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD
On Tuesday you fall behind and settle. On Wednesday you forget a shot. On Friday you run out of time and cut a camera move. Multiply those 3 compromises times 8 weeks of shooting. That’s 24 moments in the finished film you’ll cringe.
3.THE SET IS A SHIP AT SEA
Everyone is a master. The key grip is a navigator. The gaffer sets the sails. The 1st AD is Chief Mate. And in the prow is a man with a long beard howling, “I know the way! Follow me!” The truth is he’s only guessing. But someone has to say it.

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22 Feb
As a SEQUEL to 10 SIMPLE RULES FOR MAKING MOVIES, here are 10 HELPFUL HINTS FOR DIRECTORS. I admit I am often too anxious to remember them, myself.
1.EVERY SHOT IS OPENING NIGHT
In theatre you have months to rehearse. On set you have minutes. If something goes wrong, you can’t put a sign on the screen that says, “it wasn’t my fault.”
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On Tuesday you fall behind. On Wednesday you forget a shot. Friday you lose the light. Multiply this times 8 weeks. That’s 24 moments in the finished film you’ll cringe.
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In the theatre you have months to rehearse. On set you have minutes. If something goes wrong, you can’t put a sign on the screen that says, “it wasn’t my fault.”
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here are 10 HELPFUL HINTS FOR DIRECTORS. I admit
I am often too anxious to remember them, myself.
1.EVERY SHOT IS OPENING NIGHT
In the theatre you have months to rehearse. On set you have minutes. If something goes wrong, you can’t put a sign on the screen that says, “it wasn’t my fault.”
2.THE PERFECT IS THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD
On Tuesday you fall behind and settle. On Wednesday you forget a shot. Friday you lose the light and cut a move. Multiply those 3 compromises times 8 weeks of shooting. That’s 24 moments in the finished film you’ll cringe.
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As a SEQUEL to 10 SIMPLE RULES FOR MAKING MOVIES,
here are 10 HELPFUL HINTS FOR DIRECTORS. I admit
I am often too anxious to remember them, myself.
1.EVERY SHOT IS OPENING NIGHT
In the theatre you have months to rehearse. On set you have minutes. If something goes wrong, you can’t put a sign on the screen that says, “it wasn’t my fault.” This is why so filmmakers go crazy.
2.THE PERFECT IS THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD
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