Five lesson’s I learned directing my first feature

Nearly three years ago I set out to direct & edit my first feature length documentary. We had a pretty small crew. Ok. It was just me, some gear and a producer for nearly every shoot. I had no idea what I was getting into, and even with years of experience creating short-form content, nothing would prepare me for the challenges ahead. Here are the five biggest lesson's I took away when the dust settled.

  1. Stay organized. Little problems on small projects become amplified on big ones.
  2. Don’t be a perfectionist early on. Share your work with co-producers/creators as early as possible, and share it often. The polish will come later.
  3. Edit & keep editing. Refine the story over & over like good authors write books. You'll create lots & lots of versions.
  4. Stay organized.
  5. If you’re anything like me you'll probably never be satisfied. The only time I'm truly happy with an edit is when I'm working on it. Set "fake" deadlines so you know when to stop.

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