Hey! Well, the secret is having talented friends who are generous with their time, also need to build their reel and are willing to work for a Jersey Mike’s sub or (if they’re in post) a nice bottle of whiskey.
We tend to spend a lot of time on the script and we try to be very conscious of what locations will be expensive to get (we cut those), what locations we can get for free (we write to those), and we often write with someone we know in mind. For example, we pretty much always want to write something for Nick Clark (Duane of Driving Arizona fame…) because he’s hilarious and will elevate any material we give him.
We’ve also had the benefit of being on set for a few different shows that we’ve worked on and we try to eliminate factors that we can’t control. If we write a scene at sunset, but we’re running behind all day and we don’t get there until after sunset, we’ve kind of screwed ourselves. As a rule, we try to not screw ourselves.
But really the secret is having talented actors for friends and then talented guys like Dan Riddle to direct. And not writing scenes that require helicopters, malls, or two hundred extras.