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Make Some Notes

I'm an inveterate note-taker. I have note taking utensils on my desk, my nightstand, in my pocket, and in my car. I even keep a pen on my keychain. Once I decide to do a project (or even consider doing a project), I create a new folder on my hard disk for it. (I usually put the folder right on the desktop for convenience, but that's just my personal preference.) The folder helps keep everything, or at least all the digital elements—my notes, materials, files, movies, pictures, scripts, and so on—in one place throughout the production. Some projects also require a physical container, like a file folder or envelope, for non-digital documents, paperwork, and other stuff I can't store on my hard drive.

I know the checklist at the end of the chapter like the back of my hand. Whenever I think about any element of any project, I jot it down immediately. If I'm at my Mac, I type it into my project overview document. If I'm away from the computer, I write a note and stuff it in my pocket. When I get back to my office, I empty my pocket onto the desk and transfer my notes from paper into my project overview document.


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