If there’s one thing that the inter-webs affords us is the ability to make cheap, affordable and fast mistakes.
Mistakes in film usually aren’t cheap, they definitely aren’t affordable as a day of shooting can be very, very expensive and well, they aren’t fast. They can be slow and painful.
It’s hard and expensive to pivot in film.
So, by the time you are ready to set foot on set get as much learning under your belt.
One way to do that is with short films. They are a way to assemble your team. Get your short-hand down. And make mistakes.
They give you a chance to look back on your work, whatever your craft is, and figure what works and what sucked. Yes… what sucked. Ask any writer or director to look back on earlier work. It sucks (the gifted few may have an exception to this rule). Now, maybe not to us, the audience, but certainly to them. And if it sucks, then it could be better.
Now imagine yourself in their shoes before you get there. Get as much of the suck out as you can. Then go big.