No-budget films are usually made by people who aren't getting paid. But this is controversial to some who think that if you can afford to make a movie you can afford to pay your crew. Is this realistic? Is it unethical to not pay your crew?
For barely $3K (but using all his savings and selling his car to pay for it!) Samik made the unconventional and beautiful film D Major. Shot in Kolkata the film won Best Director at the Kolkata Film Festival. It is now set to get distribution on India's version of Netflix and has brought Samik to the attention of Bollywood producers. There's lots of great stuff in this interview worth checking out.
The crazily falling price of film technology and the advent of social media and the “gig economy” have all come together to make it possible for filmmakers without Hollywood connections to produce feature films. Filmmaking tools that used to cost literally millions of dollars can now be had for hundreds to a few thousands of dollars. Aspects of filmmaking can now be “internationalized”, bringing down costs further. Not surprisingly, there’s plenty of great features that have been made for next to no money. Some of them have gone on to great success.
When we typically think about post-production, we usually imagine sitting in a room with the editor, colorist, or audio mixer. But what if you had to do it remotely? On our most recent film that's exactly what we had to do and we discovered, accidentally, that there are definite advantages as well as disadvantages. I discuss these here.
Filmmaker Daniel Kremer has made six microbudget features since 2007 - an impressive achievement. Here he talks about how that has been possible and about his filmmaking method, including his approach to what he calls "structured improvisation".
This was a really fascinating interview with one of my students, filmmaker Josh Jordan, who is about to shoot his first feature - a microbudget called This World Won't Break about a country singer approaching middle age.We covered all aspects of his filmmaking process. Definitely worth watching.
In a recent poll that I took amongst subscribers, I found that the biggest obstacle that filmmakers felt they faced was "raising the cash". Last on the list was writing a great script. Here I argue that this is upside down thinking. Click on the image to check out the video.
Scott Hansen shares the story of how they made The Possession Experiment for $35K and have gone on to sell it internationally to major distributors in 25 territories. This interview is rich with details and information, invaluable for any microbudget filmmaker.
The Viral Demon is a found footage horror of a new type that breaks the fourth wall and has characters directly address the audience. It is also a microbudget feature and will be screening this Friday, November 11 at the NYC Horror Film Fest. You can get more details here: http://nychorrorfest.com/movies/the-viral-demon/
Thanksgiving is coming up and then it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. And you know what that means: New Years Resolutions! Maybe you’ve wanted to quit smoking or go to a gym or learn to dance salsa. How about an even better New Years Resolution? 2017 will be the year that you finally become a feature filmmaker!
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