- Watch a lot of movies. - See how others have done "it". - Spend time on your screenplay. - Surround yourself with talent. - Smaller crews are preferable. - If you can't buy it, build it. - High quality, low cost. - Recycle, reuse, repurpose. - It's about technique, not gear. - Distribute and market online. - Document everything. - Just make your damn movie.
I know this seems pretty basic, but how you layout your screen can impact how efficiently you edit projects. Sony Vegas is so configurable, you could have any number of setups. This is what works for me.