Now that you've "finished" learning about the production process, what are three significant things you've taken away?
1. The scale of the pre-production process
As I delved into learning about pre-production, I was blown away by the number of factors that go into producing the script and shot list. The outline of the pre-production process has nine steps: Brainstorming, pitching, green lighting, the outline, the story arc, the treatment, the storyboards, the script and at last the shot list. Within this, however, there are even more steps including the log line, the possibility of yellow and red lights, and the list goes on.
2. Coming up with ideas is hard
Adding on to the troublesome scale of the pre-production process, the brainstorming stage can be challenging. However, there are some tips I've learned to help with this step. The most effective is to get an idea journal: a blank journal, notebook or sketchbook to carry around in case an idea pops up at an inconvenient time. You'll have a place to write, draw or describe in another form any thoughts that come to mind and be able to refer to them later.
3. Editing is tedious
More specifically, the organizing and logging of footage. There isn't any way avoid this (unless you have an assistant editor to cover the work for you). However, I learned very early on that refusing to do so will result in a chaotic mess you'll have to deal with later in the editing process.