Once you decide to create open educational resources (OERs), you need to plan for production. Taking your idea from dream to reality requires some careful forethought. We agree with the statement attributed to Benjamin Franklin, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Even the very best media production tools can only help with basic tasks; they cannot themselves design or create a quality product on their own. Effort is wasted without careful planning. Successful media production requires preparation, organization, and perspiration. By following good production practices, you will save time and energy, and you will wind up with an effective instructional media resource you are proud to share with students and colleagues.