In this video from Expert Village, filmmaker Rhett Reiger shares tips on how to direct an independent film. He stresses the value of preparation before the shoot. He says it's important to plan, and to work with the crew and cast. He says that the director is “the designer of the story”; the director needs to reflect the intent of the writer. He recommends using storyboards and shot lists as a money-saving technique. He points out that a director needs to both respect and direct the cast and crew, and the director needs to ensure both continuity and coverage in order to get the finished film you intended.