"Who can afford to hire" well if that doesn't mean money can circumvent the issues you outlined I dont know what does.
Unless they are being paid in gumdrops and fairy farts.
A lot of these mistakes are about a lack of experience and under developed sensibilities. I dont really see how a healthy budget could fix that unless you are paying for an experienced crew.
How does money fix too much chit chat? Undercooked scripts? Weak story? How do you throw money at those problems and they are magically fixed?
Darious dont be so quick to roll over!
I want to put in my two cents for Highland.
If Final Draft is Internet Explorer, then Highland is Chrome.
Light, quick, and efficient.
I got on the SLR Magic 10mm T2.1 volunteer program and loved the lens.
This this video there are some low light shots at ISO 400 and at T5.6 (I think) but the Aperture definitely wasn't wide open.