Outside of the USA, $79 can translate into quite a lot of money (for some inside the US too, I guess).
The point of NFS is getting out there and doing it - who cares about the kit - it's the shot that counts.
Of course, the lights they use in the video are a bit beyond $79 ...
I highly recommend https://www.redsharknews.com/ as a 'Graduate Film School' for those who want the higher end stuff.
He's updated the site since I first found it - then there was only the one 'made' film - Line of Sight. Now I see he has a whole page of them - I shall dig around there some more. It's really helpful to those starting out to read the screenplay and then see how that is translated into visuals.
I love this quote:
Chase your own life around for a bit. Do some self-reflection.
I like to mine my own life, and then add fantastical elements to the mix. Build your story out, accentuate the characters, find the crucial moments where we learn something.
I teach a Year 9 Movie Making course - is anyone aware of *short* movies that have been made, WITH screenplays accessible? The combination is rather like hen's teeth. I have found one in four years of looking.
"Plans are nothing; planning is everything" Dwight D. Eisenhower
It's the act of planning that gives you an idea of what to expect. Stuff will happen, but with a plan, you are not figuring out _everything_ on the fly - you have something to work from. But don't hold onto it too tightly - it will change!
The taking breaks is important. One loses perspective. The time taken by the breaks is more than recouped in not reworking something you mangled in exhaustion in the previous session.
And maybe you mean "tenets"? Unless you are personifying editing? (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/tenet)
The same concept in a different style: https://vimeo.com/147378693
Watch to the end (to get the full goodness of family video), and then have a look at his profile and see the other stuff he does.