The main problems with both of the low-budget films I've worked on - "The Tressaurian Intersection" and Polaris
- were ultimate script issues. So far Polaris
is less problematic than TTI, so maybe I'm learning something.
Allowing enough time - particularly preproduction and shooting schedule - is the other big planning factor. Assuming that you can meet a shooting schedule "if all goes well" is a big mistake. We only finished the Fort Washington phase of Polaris
successfully with some very long days (although I'm told that we had nothing
on some other productions our folks had worked on) and because a non-shooting/construction day had been built into the schedule. Needless to say we shot all day on the non-shooting day.