10 Director-Approved Tips For a Smoother Set

This post is by Jason Hellerman from No Film School

A set can be a hectic place. Use this sound advice to stay organized.

One of the things I have been contemplating doing while the writers are on strike is dipping my toes into the directing world. But I have to admit, that’s a bit of a daunting task. A set can be so incredibly busy and stressful, and there’s a lot to be responsible for as well.

There are countless moving parts, and it can feel like you’re juggling a million tasks at once.

So, how do you balance it all?

I sent out an email to a handful of director friends to learn how they do it, and I compiled all their advice below for new and established directors to learn from.

Let’s dive in.

The Importance of Pre-Production Planning

Everything is easier with a plan.

Before you even set foot on set, one of the most important aspects of a smoother set life is pre-production planning. This stage is crucial for laying the groundwork for a successful shoot. By meticulously planning every detail of your project, you will save time, money, and headaches down the line.

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