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?
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.
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!
James Merendino has been making underground indie classics since the 80s, including microbudgets. He's most known for SLC Punk! and his recent follow-up nearly 20 years later but has made 13 films, largely outside the Hollywood machine. Here he talks about how he got films made and his philosophy on filmmaking for ultra indie filmmakers.
There's a lot of ways to cut corners on your no budget feature film to get it in the can and out the door. We're big fans of making your film whatever way you can, by hook or by crook. But this is one corner you should seriously consider NOT cutting.
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