- 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.
My film rig design is very similar to yours, Though I made some pretty major mods not noticeable at first glance, Here's a few pics but the greatest detail will be noticed by checking out my instructable.