Schedule and Shoot
Ok, so now you have your cast, crew, equipment, locations, script and props in place, its time to shoot. You need to devise a schedule now so you know what you are shooting, where and when. Keep in mind that the cast and crew are not being paid, so the shorter your schedule the more likely people will be willing to work with you for nothing.
In order to shoot your film in the time allotted you need to have a very clear and intimate knowledge of your film. You need to know the film shot by shot, which angles, where you cut. Your vision is most important at this point. Once your vision is crystal clear, write a shot list of only the shots you need to be able to cut your film together. I’m not going to spend time elaborating on the different camera angles, by now you should have some basic knowledge of them. Shooting is the most tiring process but can be very fun as long as morale is high.
As the director you will be stressed but you must remember that everyone will be tired after shooting all day, which is why Craft Services is a must! Good meals inspire the cast and crew to keep going, and it makes them feel valued that you are willing to take care of them. Every single shoot I’ve worked on has gone over schedule by as little to a day to a full 2 weeks! The best way to stay on schedule is to give yourself more time than you need, the crew will be happy to finish “early" and commend your excellent directing skills.