THINGS I'VE LEARNED DIRECTING A MOVIE FOR THE FIRST TIME

Recently I directed a film that I wrote. I had never done either of those things. Here is a list compiled by myself, along with the advice of several other directors.
  1. It's half dream/half nightmare.
  2. Each day you think your movie is going to be ruined.
  3. Each day you think your movie is going to win Best Picture (At the Saratoga Springs Film Festival - which we would be thrilled to get into).
  4. Each day you come into work you have to deal with people you grow to eventually hate.
  5. Sometimes everybody thinks you're wrong, but you're actually right.
  6. Sometimes you're wrong and you have to admit that.
  7. Opinions help, but sometimes they can cloud your own.
  8. Panicking never solved anything.
  9. There's always an easier solution that you're not thinking of.
  10. In general, convince people you know what you're doing, even if you don't. If somebody asks you a question you don't know the answer to, pretend like you know and change your mind later
  11. Ultimately, in the grand scheme of things, this is not that important. Understand that and you'll take a lot of pressure off yourself.
  12. You're not alone. Every director has gone through the same exact issues, if not much worse.
  13. Waking up is the hardest part - until you edit.
  14. If you think about punching your editor in the back of the head, don't do it. He's currently your only friend. @tothemaxxx