I'm posting for 60 days straight, leading up to my early December birthday, and I'm making the time to write on behalf of slain UCC Professor and aspiring novelist, Larry Levine.
1. Pre-Production is truly King.
I've said it before, perhaps you've read it before, but I can't scream it from the mountaintop enough: efficient, organized, and creative pre-production makes production sing and ultimately yields a better product in the end.
The all-knowing indie film site Indiewire has written about pre-production often, including this gem recommending key apps to consider for pre-pro.
2. Thoughtful, strong casting is crucial.
I heard the casting process discussed several times in various episodes by the former Breaking Bad / now current Better Call Saul team on their fantastic podcast, which is definitely worth a listen. And the same applies to a documentary as well, it's just a different casting process.
3. Positive communication & attitude rule.
Production, like other time constrained, collaborative work, is inevitably stressful. I can't tell you how gratifying it was to receive compliments from both cast and crew on the set of my recent indie short film, Raising the TXT Generation.