Progress is executed—and measured—in more holistic ways.
The conventional ways of assessing quality were regularly put aside for more holistic methods. For instance, rather than relying on a script, Miller worked with a comic book artist to convey the entire story through thousands of illustrated panels. This helped to provide a more holistic picture of what the end product would look like. And, instead of interviewing potential camera operators and looking at their previous work, Miller took a different tact. He made them spend hours in the simulated, hot, dusty, windy, and cramped environment in which the movie would be filmed to see how they would handle it.