- It’s better for a film to have good audio than shallow depth of field.
- It’s better to have control over your camera than to shoot in HD.
- It’s better to have good lighting than raw 4K.
- It’s better to put time into color correction than visual effects.
- It’s not HD if it’s not in focus.
- There’s no such thing as a rough cut with no sound.
- Your story is told using the images you create, not the ones you intended to create.
- You’re not done editing until you’ve watched your film with an audience of people who don’t care about your feelings.
- Your film is still too long.
- Your next film will be better. How’s it coming?
I couldn’t agree more, especially with the last two. Here are a couple I’d add:
- Story is more important than production value.
- Handheld camera is sometimes OK.
- Shooting coverage makes you lazy—avoid it when you can.
- If you don’t understand it, don’t shoot it.
- A good idea doesn’t necessarily make a good film.
- If you don’t love your movie, nobody else will.
Thus have I spoken.