Industry Law Firms Looking to Diversify For the Benefit of Servicers

first_img Neil Sherman, Partner and Managing Attorney for Schneiderman & Sherman, P.C., spoke with DS News at the 2016 Five Star Conference and Expo to discuss strategies default servicing attorneys can use to become better partners for their clients and customers.Sherman joined Schneiderman & Sherman, P.C. in 2002 focusing his practice in the areas real estate law, and specifically bankruptcy, foreclosure, and eviction processes. In 2006, Sherman became Managing Attorney and currently oversees all aspects of the firm’s operations including, but not limited to, the firm’s foreclosure, bankruptcy, eviction, REO, title, and litigation departments. Additionally, Sherman is also the Chairperson for the Legal League 100 Advisory Council. Kendall Baer is a Baylor University graduate with a degree in news editorial journalism and a minor in marketing. She is fluent in both English and Italian, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Apart from her work as a journalist, she has also managed professional associations such as Association of Corporate Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Women, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Project Management Institute for Association Management Consultants in Houston, Texas. Born and raised in Texas, Baer now works as the online editor for DS News. Share Save About Author: Kendall Baer October 6, 2016 1,212 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Schneiderman & Sherman PC 2016-10-06 Kendall Baer Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Eleventh Circuit Court Stops “Abuse of the Bankruptcy Process” Next: Altisource Residential Takes a Stride Toward Total SFR REIT Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Media, Webcasts The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Schneiderman & Sherman PC The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Industry Law Firms Looking to Diversify For the Benefit of Servicers Home / Daily Dose / Industry Law Firms Looking to Diversify For the Benefit of Servicers Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Three-quarters of graduates will never pay off student loan, says major report

first_imgStudents are graduating with such large debts that a majority will not be able to pay them off, new findings by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) say.Research shows that graduates will be still be paying off their debts into their 50s, after government legislation removing maintenance grants in 2011 significantly increased student debts.Under the new system, 77.4% of students will never fully repay their debts, compared to 76% of students under the 2012 system, which featured maintenance grants, and only 41.5% of students under the 2011 system.The think-tank found that changes to the system in 2015 will disproportionately affect students from poorer economic backgrounds, especially those with parental income below £25,000. The report states that, as a result of the scrapping of maintenance grants in favour of higher loans, “students from the poorest backgrounds will accrue debts of £57,000 (including interest) from a three-year degree”.The report showed that while the changes increase the total cash-in-pocket available to students from low-income households by £1,500 per year, the removal of grants significantly increases their debt burden upon graduation. Students eligible were previously able to obtain up to £3,482 per year in grants under the 2012 system.The report also found that, due to increasing interest rates, high earners could pay up to £40,000 solely in interest payments. It notes that interest rates on student loans are set to rise in line with inflation from 4.6% to 6.1% in September. Interest rates on student loans are set at RPI plus up to 3% (depending on income).The report found: “The average student accrues £5,800 of interest while studying, meaning that they borrow £45,000 but find on the day of graduation they have a debt of £50,800.”According to the report: “The combination of high fees and large maintenance loans contributes to English graduates having the highest student debts in the developed world.”Universities minister Jo Johnson said: “The government consciously subsidises the studies of those who for a variety of reasons, including family responsibilities, may not repay their loans in full.“This is a vital and deliberate investment in the skills base of this country, not a symptom of a broken student finance system.“And the evidence bears this out: young people from poorer backgrounds are now going to university at a record rate – up 43% since 2009.”last_img read more

Lewandowski, Haaland tackle one another for Bundesliga title

first_imgBorussia Dortmund have a recent history of turning out great No.9s. Read Also: Osimhen gets private jet to attend father’s funeral rites “But I’ve worked hard during this period and I’m not surprised that I scored.” Haaland scored on his Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League debut with Dortmund and is looking to add the Klassiker to his collection. But Lewandowski is waiting for him. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Erling Haaland has been hitting all the headlines since his January move, but the side also moulded current Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski into a world-class forward. The two front men are dominating the Bundesliga goalscoring charts at the moment and their goals could be crucial in deciding who wins this year’s title, as Bayern face Dortmund in Der Klassiker on Tuesday, May 26. Lewandoski joined Dortmund in 2010 before heading to Bayern in 2014, and he clearly thinks highly of Haaland. “It would be good for him [Haaland] if he stayed in the Bundesliga longer. He has enormous potential,” Lewandowski said ahead of the Klassiker. “But I don’t want to put pressure on him with my statements. If he works hard, he can reach the highest level.” So far, Haaland is pretty much neck-and-neck with Lewandowski in terms of their goalscoring record. Both are the top scorers in the Champions League, with Haaland on 11 goals whilst Lewandowski has 10. Haaland has also scored more goals up to this point in a campaign with 28 than what Lewandowski did in the season prior to joining Dortmund: 21. What’s more, Haaland has 13 goals from his first 13 games at Dortmund, while Lewandowski managed only two in his first 13 appearances at the club. Since signing for Bayern, Lewandowski has shown that he’s capable of becoming the goal ‘king’ of German football. Bayern coach Hansi Flick believes the Polish striker could still break Gerd Muller’s Bundesliga record of 40 goals in a season. “He’s fit. He still has time to break Gerd Muller’s record,” said Flick. “If anyone can, he can.” What is evident is that the battle for the 2020 Bundesliga title will come down to goals and most likely goals from these two men. So far in the 2019/2020 season, they have scored a combined total of 41 strikes. It’s their level of precision that elevates them above other strikers in the Bundesliga. Throughout their respective careers, both have scored 39 goals from inside the box and they’ve also managed to get important goals in the dying minutes of matches. The Bayern striker has hit the back of the net eight times after the 75th minute and Haaland has done so on 13 occasions. “Knowing your opponent’s resources is just as important as playing in the air or protecting the ball,” said Lewandowski. “For me, a great striker must always be precise.” In terms of effectiveness the former Red Bull Salzburg striker is sweeping him aside: 76 percent of his shots on goal have hit the target, compared to the 47 per cent of the Polish international. “I’m not the same yet,” explained Haaland after his first Revierderby against Schalke. One of Haaland’s greatest attributes is his desire to keep getting better and never settling for anything less than perfection. “I’ve got a lot to improve!” the Norwegian stated. “My right foot, my aerial play, my technique, my left foot, my movement… Everything!” Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has also praised the young striker’s mental approach to the game. “He has a great mentality and always looks ahead,” said Favre. “When he loses or doesn’t score in a training match, you can tell he’s not happy.” Promoted Content9 Best Movie Robots Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooRyan Reynolds Does The Bottle Cup Challenge (You Better See This)8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Timelast_img read more

Mater Dei Prep To Continue As Independent RC School

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – It was all smiles and even some tears Thursday afternoon at Mater Dei Prep High School as staff and students found out there is a future for the school.School officials announced Thursday that Bishop David M. O’Connell with the Diocese of Trenton has formally approved the school’s plan moving forward. The plan will have the high school, 538 Church St., that had been operating for 50 years, to function as an independent Roman Catholic school, overseen by its own independent board of trustees which will be responsible its finances and operation. The school will no longer come under the auspices of St. Mary’s Parish, which still oversees St. Mary’s elementary school.Following the announcement in February that the school would have to permanently close this June due to unstable enrollment and unstable finances, parents and alumni rallied to raise more than $1 million and draft a business plan for the school’s future sustainability.With the announcement at the school this afternoon, parent Janet Molicki, said choking back tears of joy, “This is God’s work.”— By John Burtonlast_img read more

Driver under the influence of coke and cannabis stopped in Letterkenny

first_imgA Donegal motorist was stopped on Wednesday night for driving dangerously while under the influence of drugs. GardaÍ received a report from a member of the public in relation to a car driving dangerously.Gardaí stopped the vehicle in Letterkenny when they observed it being driven erratically close to Mountain Top, Letterkenny. The driver was arrested having tested positive for cocaine and cannabis and for being in possession of a small quantity of drugs.The motorist will now face court in due course.Driver under the influence of coke and cannabis stopped in Letterkenny was last modified: September 13th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Graham keen to snub other clubs and join Sunderland – report

first_imgSwansea striker Danny Graham wants talks with boss Michael Laudrup to force a move to Sunderland, according to The Sun.QPR have been linked with the 27-year-old because manager Harry Redknapp recently appeared to suggest he was interested.Reading have expressed an interest and Norwich are also reported to be keen.But it is claimed the Gateshead-born former Middlesbrough player would like to return to the North-East.The Daily Mail speculate that Lucas Piazon joining Malaga on loan could be a tactical move by Chelsea in their apparent quest to sign Isco from the Spanish club.Playmaker Isco, 20, is said to be a target for Real Madrid but has also been linked with the Blues, who have agreed to let Malaga have teenage forward Piazon for the rest of the season.The Sun suggest Chelsea or Fulham could sign Nordsjaelland defender Jores Okore if they pay £4m.And the Daily Mirror report that Reading are the only club to have made an official offer for Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas, who was reported to be on his way to Chelsea.“At the moment there is no agreement with any club,” a source is quoted as saying.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New “Internet Meter” will Officially Measure Web TV Audience

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Trends#Video Services#web Yesterday, Nielsen announced that they will make their new “Internet Meter” available by year’s end to measure the online television viewing audience. Until now, this ever-increasing demographic has been left out of U.S. television ratings as Nielsen currently focuses only on live and time-shifted (i.e. DVR) TV viewings. Says the company, the Internet Meter software will be deployed by the end of 2009 to their “People Meter” households – the chosen few whose TV-viewing habits function as the representative sample for measuring a show’s success. This new addition to the ratings game is bound to have a major impact on TV monetization efforts as both networks and advertisers will see, officially, how many viewers have tuned in to watch this “2nd screen.” The Internet Changes Everything, TV Just One Example The internet leaves no business model untouched and unchanged, especially when it comes to media consumption. Whether music, movies, journalism, publishing, or TV, the impact of having high-speed, always-on connectivity has revolutionized how we interact and entertain ourselves. But in the wake of these changes, media companies are left struggling to monetize their efforts, all of sudden discovering that their old business model now looks like a square peg getting hammered into a very round hole.TV viewing habits are just one example of this change. Not only are companies like Comcast and Time Warner experimenting with on-demand online viewing initiatives, the networks themselves now post their top shows to the web. The major TV networks have featured streaming video on their websites for years. Meanwhile, several networks and studios, including NBC Universal, FOX, and ABC, have banded together to offer Hulu, a popular destination for commercial-supported streaming video.But putting shows online has its drawbacks, as networks are finding out. Without solid measurement tools, making the shows available on other platforms is, in the short term, hurting the bottom line. In a recent issue of TV Guide magazine, for example, it was noted that networks are specifically facing problems with re-runs. Where before a second airing of an episode from a popular show could make decent money, they’re now finding less viewers tuning in thanks to on-demand offerings and online viewings. According to one unnamed network exec, this presents a huge challenge for the networks. “We’re not like cable, which has a second revenue stream from subscribers,” the exec said. “We need to amortize these very expensive shows.”Measuring the Web TV Audience: A Tricky Prospect Through anecdotal evidence, we know that more people are watching TV online these days. It comes up in conversation among friends, especially when someone laments how they “forgot to record” a program. They now know they can go online and get caught up. Others find themselves relaxing in front of their laptop’s screen nearly as often as they hang out in their living room to watch the big screen. In fact, thanks to the recession, more people than ever have decided to cancel their cable TV subscriptions to save money, realizing that many of their favorite programs are available through alternative methods, including online streams. Need proof? Just look at the Google Insights chart for the term “cancel cable.” Then there are the recent statistics from the nonprofit Conference Board that show how online viewing is on the rise. According to their findings, nearly a quarter of U.S. households now watch TV online, up 20% from last year. New shows are most popular, watched by 43% of viewers followed by 35% of viewers who watch sitcoms, dramas, and comedies. And 90% of the viewings take place at home. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a good way to effectively monitor and measure the online TV viewing audience. When Nielsen previously reported on Hulu’s viewing numbers for instance, Hulu lashed out at the company claiming the numbers were wildly inaccurate. At the time, Nielsen was using a combination of web beacons to determine when streams started and stopped while also measuring the web use of a panel of 200,000 online users. Hulu themselves, however, preferred to quote numbers from measurement firm comScore, especially since that company reported a much higher reach even as Nielsen noticed a slight decline. The problem here, as we noted at the time, is that online measurements aren’t standardized, making it difficult to accurately determine audience counts. A brand, whether Hulu or any other online video provider, could look at the measurements from major firms like comScore, Compete, or Quantcast, and then pick the company whose estimates were the highest when crafting their “look at us grow!” type press releases. In all honesty, it’s probably better that Nielsen gets involved to more objectively report the online traffic through their representative sample methodology. It may not be entirely accurate either, but at least you know that it’s coming from an unbiased third party. The “Internet Meter” Will Deliver Hard DataAt the moment, the Internet Meter software resides in a test group of 375 People Meter households, which has allowed the company to evaluate its capabilities before rolling it out to the remaining group. In addition, the software has been deployed to the company’s online panel (as mentioned above) which now measures over 230,000 individuals. Installation of the software will be completed in 2010 but full implementation won’t be seen until the following year. If that seems like too slow of a pace, it’s only because the company is being very careful, fully knowledgeable of the major impact this technology will have on the TV industry. According to Sara Erichson, President, Media Client Services in North America, Nielsen will not take “any actions that would dilute the reliability of the core television ratings data.”Once the Nielsen data goes live, it will reveal a plethora of information regarding not just viewing numbers but also the demographics of who watches what and when. The information can then be used by advertisers and marketers who want to target niche audiences like the hip crowd who watches sci-fi shows but never stays home on Fridays to view them live on TV when they air. Or the group of people who are too embarrassed to set their DVRs to record “Ugly Betty,” but sneak in the guilty pleasure online in their free time. Expect the online ads interspersed with the online content to soon become more precise and more targeted than they are now, thanks to these sorts of reveals. Perhaps the networks will even be able to charge more for ads, once they have numbers to back them up. That would be a good thing for the industry as a whole as well as consumers, since it could lead to more shows being put online. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll even be able to purchase online-only cable TV subscriptions, too. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts sarah perezlast_img read more

Tweeting in Color From the Annotations Hackfest

first_imgTags:#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… guest author 1 A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification For many folks, Memorial Day weekend was a chance to bask in the fresh summer sun and put some color in their cheeks, but for a hardy band of indoor hackers, it brought a chance to put some color in your Tweets! Tantek Çelik and I were two of the 50-odd developers invited to the Twitter Annotations Hackfest, and we used our preview access to that upcoming API to demo our proposal for applying the Web’s Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) standard to enhance plain ol’ Tweets with color, fonts and graphics.Dr. Rohit Khare founded Ångströ in 2007, and before that ran CommerceNet Labs from 2004-2006 and founded KnowNow in 2000. He has worked on Internet standards development at MCI’s Internet Architecture Group and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Last week, Tantek Çelik was named Web standards lead for Mozilla Corp. He is also co-founder of, and founder of the Global Multimedia Protocols Group. He was previously chief technologist at Technorati.Dozens of other teams also used the new APIs to bring other types of color to the Twitter experience, so we were proud to be one of the few selected to present of a panel of judges that included Paul Graham of Y Combinator, legendary angel investor Ron Conway and Twitter’s director of platform, Ryan Sarver. I can’t say enough about how impressed I was with everyone’s demos, but I’d like to write about our own experience.I had arrived at Twitter HQ with a proposal that would allow you to @reply or @mention anyone you know, on any social network, but without embedding a long link to their profile.Instead you’d use the “hidden” annotations layer to add back in HTML hyperlinks. That lead me down the slippery slope of asking, “Why not just use HTML for Tweets in the first place?” Obviously, there’s no virtue in repeating the message twice and, more importantly, with no more than 512 bytes available to add context to a 140-character message, there’s just no room to fit complete HTML markup into a Tweet.So when I brought my idea to the Hackfest and asked for help from Tantek, a longtime expert contributor to the CSS specification, it was only a matter of time before we hit upon the concept of “Twitter Style Sheets” or “Text Style Sheets” (TSS). We joked about it with some of the other developers that evening over pizza, and when we saw the spiffy new artwork @biz had commissioned for the event, we knew that we simply had to demo how to reduce the entire poster to a single Tweet by the next morning!Unlike CSS, TSS must be stored separately from the text itself. That way “smart” Twitter clients can apply it if the reader wants to see the result. TSS is just one of several potential enhancements to a hypothetical “Rich Tweet Format”, along the lines of @scobleizer‘s “SuperTweet” concept. Others might include using microformats to make it easier to recognize Tweets that refer to reviews, people, places and events.For now, the first challenge was merely getting to “Hello, world!” Or, more to the point, “Hello,world!” I started bashing on sample code for publishing annotations to the new API from @abraham. It was a rush to see that we could upload annotations at all, but we needed to write this as a browser-based application. Unfortunately, the existing libraries from my initial proposal don’t work with the unreleased APIs yet, so I dug into my bag of tricks for a JavaScript-based API I built last year called (pronounced “Connects to Twitter”), which is a way to add Twitter support with full OAuth support and without a lick of server-side coding. Much like Facebook Connect, a site needs only to include our JS libraries and host a tiny HTML on their own server domain.I spent all night debugging the intricacies of escaping data and posting it. (To and from text input in the browser to attribute-encoded markup over URL-encoding in round-trip JSON [Strings only! No numeric data yet] through another round of XML parsing.) At the same time Tantek was rummaging through his own attic of code for a library called CASSIS. That code allowed him to develop our open-source TSS-to-HTML engine in a portable format that runs on either the server (PHP) or the client (JS) from the same source code file.The first whiteboard discussions we had on Saturday evening began with handwritten CSS markup (PDF) to create the poster. Unfortunately, we knew that even with the use of relative character-count offsets to encode selections and ways to indicate styles that applied to the entire tweet and each sub-selection, it was already weighing in at over 300 bytes out of our maximum of 512 bytes. That limit applied to all annotations, so if we were going to encourage other developers to adopt RTF and TSS, we needed to use less space.As proponents of markup that “puts people first,” however, we knew we couldn’t just use some unreadable binary compression goop. And here was our stroke of luck: We were wondering how to shorten CSS property names such as “font-style” when Tantek suggested using the first and last characters: “font–style” became “ftse” – but so did “font–size“! I went off and wrote some programs to analyze all of the 200-plus properties in the latest CSS3 specification, and came back with the result that there were only six such collisions! TSS supports full-length (unambiguous) names along with abbreviations with those six problematic properties. (“Color” is far more popular than “cursor,” for example.) As luck would have it, that leaves one-character codes to use for future innovations, such as adding “h” to add href links or “c” for microformat classnames.For now, come check out our demo (if you have a preview access account), or at least read the code (at ) and stay tuned for what comes next. Though, like @ev himself, we’re not quite sure about the Promethean curse of giving users Tweets in any color they’d like – we’re afraid it’s only a matter of time before we see animated, blinking Tweets in 3-D! Related Posts last_img read more

7 Reasons Why Your Creative Vision Isn’t Translating to the Screen

first_imgHere’s a few tips for translating your creative vision to the big screen.Have you taken a film or video project from conception to completion…only to find yourself unsatisfied with the end result? Here’s a few reasons your projects may be falling flat.1. You Focusing on the Details, Not the Big PictureWhen it comes to filmmaking there is a lot to remember and we are afforded the opportunity to learn something new every time we shoot. In a way, creating a film is a lot like a flexible checklist. While you would never say it out loud, the thought that’s probably going through your head on-set is something to the effect of:Composition, Check.Depth of Field, Check.Continuity, Check.Stabilization, Check.Focus, Check.Actor’s Delivery, Check.Motivation, Check.Etc, Etc, Etc, Check, Check, CheckIt can be easy to compartmentalize the production process and fall into a series of checklists, but this can be extremely harmful to your end result. The beauty is not in the details, it’s in the finished project. If you’re busy focusing on small stuff like script formatting, and not the script itself, you’re going to be disappointed.2. You’re Putting to Much Emphasis on the Craft Instead of the StoryWe talk a lot about gear here on the PremiumBeat blog and rightfully so, it’s fun to follow gear. New cameras, lenses, and equipment releases are exciting. But one rut that new filmmakers tend to fall into is focusing way to heavily on the gear and not the story at hand.Sure having an impressive 2 minute long tracking shot is cool, but how does it fit into your narrative structure?  Have you spent more time focusing on the gear than the characters in the film?Having cinematic quality footage is important for keeping your audience engaged, especially if you are trying to prove your legitimacy, but we live in an age of progressing technology. If you want your film to have real staying power, focus more on the story. It’s easy to forgive a film with average cinematography if the story is solid.3. It Wasn’t Feasible Given Your ConstraintsIn a perfect world you can simply come up with any idea and have the tools available to see that idea through. Realistically there are many limitations to an indie-film budget. Recognizing these limitations, and creatively working around them, is vital for creating a believable film.Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Sure, you should push your creative limits every time you make a film, but have reason when considering a new idea. This is a tough pill to swallow especially if you are a passionate filmmaker, but setting unrealistic expectations will only leave you disappointed.4. You’re Not Hiring the Right CrewHaving a solid crew is vital for creating a good film. If you are forced to pick up the slack from other crew members it’s going to show in your end result. One of the biggest things to look for when choosing a crew is attitude.It’s not uncommon in this industry to work with people with pride issues. Avoid them like the plague! Ultimately poor crew members will distract you from the story at hand. To learn more about this check out our ‘Traits of a Good Crew Member’ post.5. You’re Not Communicating WellCommunication is your most powerful tool as a filmmaker. How well your creative vision comes to life depends in large part with how well it is communicated to your talent and crew before, during and after production. Spend the time before the camera rolls to make sure that everyone involved is ‘in-the-know’….and this isn’t just limited to just the story and how you invision the final product. Communication around the logistics of production can make or break your project. Use a call sheet, use a camera log, and stay organized.6. You’re Skipping Over Pre-ProductionThere’s nothing sexy about pre-production – except storyboarding (I love a good storyboard!). It can be easy for filmmakers to skip over this aspect of the filmmaking process and into production. Create a detailed shot list, storyboard scenes if necessary, set realistic production timelines and finalize your budget.Take the time to personally visit all the locations you’re planning on shooting. Did you obtain any necessary permits or forms to shoot at that location? What is the lighting situation? Where is power located? You must know these things well in advance of your proposed shoot date to allow time for change of location if necessary.7. Your Creative Vision is MuddyIs your idea fully baked? It’s easy to fall in love with a story idea, but you need to validate it early.How well vetted is your script? Is the story confusing in any way? If you’re too close to the project and story you may not recognize it’s weaknesses. Seek brutally honest feedback.Successful filmmaking is collaborative filmmaking….nobody wants to work with a dictator. Settle on a vision early and then have others poke holes in it, finding flaws with the story, the production plan and the overall vision. Revise the plan and repeat. Your creative vision may not be the same as it was when you started, but you’ll be the better for it.Want more creative inspiration? Check out a few of the following links here on PremiumBeat:5 of the Greatest Cinematographers for Creative InspirationFeature Filmmaking: Creative Problem SolvingStop Being Original and Start Being InnovativeHave any tips for seeing your projects through? Share in the comments below.last_img read more