Most people who have been directing for a while have a shorthand way of communicating with their DP. For example, you will typically hear a director say "We'll start Wide then move into an OTS and then a CU." Film crews have most likely done these setups
All except 3 & Better than "Learn from the mistakes of others." Better than "There is no 'We'. you (individually) have NOTHING to do with their success or failure" Solid advice - I love this. (Hate the typos, though.