From assembling a cast and crew to navigating the complexities of production, bringing a film to life often boils down to brass tacks. This is especially true for indie filmmakers tasked with turning tight budgets and limited time into movie magic. For them, finding small ways to grease those moving parts can make their whole process flow better together. We asked five such creators, all high off the release of their projects at Sundance 2023, about the tried-and-true ways they resolve creative challenges, manage production workflows, and leverage digital tools to bring their work across the finish line. It's advice any creative can heed.