Sometimes I like to tell myself that the only difference between a microbudget film like FMWBH and something bigger - say a $1 million shoot - is the cost of the effects and the size of the salaries (ie. we don’t have any). Other times I realize that I’m full of it.
Not everything that I write will be about this but the revolution in film production capabilities – as a result not only of high quality and cheap digital video recording, (in particular HDSLRs but also everything from the RED camera to smartphones) but also cheap peripheral and support gear, available directly online from China and India, things like shoulder rigs, follow focus units, lighting kits, video monitors, etc etc – is so profound to filmmaking in general and to us in particular, that it occupies a lot of my brain space.
Having a full crew meeting on a microbudget film is absolutely key as the place to get the plan out to everyone, allow people to meet all together for the first time (they're about to embark on a really intense couple of weeks together - better to meet first in a moment of calm). It's also important as the place to clear up any questions or confusion. It's also an important learning experience for the filmmakers. Here's what we learned from our crew meeting days prior to our first feature.
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