Not that it's easy...
I love the creative and technical aspects of all of independent filmmaking... One of the things that has been a big surprise is the difficulty in getting good audio. The cinematography and framing and lighting do take serious effort, but that was not unexpected. What surprised me was that I've spent more time getting the audio right.
Tim's 30 minute film school:
I've put together a short powerpoint presentation on doing a project. I've given this a few times to help people trying to do a small project on their own.