Lessons Learned

  • This project was the greatest film school anyone could have ever attended.
  • If it rains, and the sandwiches for the crew are left outside, the sandwiches will get soggy.
  • No one likes soggy sandwiches.
  • Never, ever lie about whether or not you liked a performance. You are not as good of an actor as your actors.
  • Anything that brings you closer to your friends is never a mistake.
  • Always add at least an hour to any estimation of how long something is going to take. If it’s in reference to shooting a scene, add three hours.
  • “An unlikely group gathered to complete an objective” is both the story of the movie and the story of the making of the movie.
  • Plan on feeding your people more than you had planned on feeding them, and make it hot food when possible. You will not believe how essential this is.
  • That said, do not combine pizza and ice cream. 
  • If you have a great line in your movie that is used by your major villian at the turning point of your key cinematic battle, and then five years later you see Harry Potter V: Order of the Phoenix and that exact line is used by their major villian at the turning point of their key cinematic battle, you will be furious.
  • If you dream big, others will dream big with you.