I learned to take the first job that you have in the business that you want to get into. It doesn’t matter what the job is, you get your foot in the door.

—WES CRAVEN

The key to shooting quickly and efficiently is to hire a professional crew and a middle management team (e.g., line producer, assistant directors, unit production manager). The worst thing you can do is to have friends and family fill the positions of professional crew members. A professional crew and middle management team has the experience and knowledge to operate quickly and effectively. They will keep your production running on time and on budget.

A typical day on a low-budget movie.

DETERMINING CREW SIZE

On my films, I determine crew ...

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