Scott Macauley of Fimmaker Mag Blog moderated a discussion between the The Gotham Awards Breakthrough Director nominees. They are a great group of directors and a great group of films. Many of them also made the Hammer To Nail list too. They all had different approaches to their filmmaking.
We don't usually focus at all on production related issues here at TFF as our efforts are towards finding a new way to get films to audiences (and how that in turn will shape the film you make). I have been preparing a post on all you need to do when and, well, it is surprising how much of it needs to be done even before pre-production and continued into the production and post process.
I wasn't at the panel so I can't vouch why the same concerns did not appear to reach these filmmakers - maybe they did and you needed to be there. I wish the IFP put video of these events online. Nonetheless I like the takeaway synthesis Scott put together. It clarifies that really is no common template. Read about it here (click to link).