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In most film schools and film production colleges the art of filmmaking is taught with the idea in mind that you will have a big studio budget to back your film.

Unfortunately, most people graduate and find that the big studios have no interest in their films and so they are forced to learn things about how to make a movie that they were never taught in film schools. They find that most independent films are created with a shoestring budget, and they are not connected to any major film studios.

If you really want to know how to make a film with a low budget then you need to educate yourself on the process of low budget filmmaking. The best way to do this is to learn from those who have been there, done that.

You will learn more from independent filmmakers then you will in any film production classes. By Indy filmmakers I mean those who work outside the mainstream of the Hollywood film industry. The kind that have passion, creativity, and a relentless drive to get their movies made with miniscule resources. The kind that will do whatever it takes to get their films made.

If you are looking to learn how to make a movie for film festivals like Sundance, Cannes,  Santa Barbara, Toronto, Seattle or The Telluride Film Festival then you need to read further.

If there is anyone who can identify with a person like you, it is me. You want to make an independent film but you don't have a lot of money. You cannot afford to go to one of the expensive film schools, so you self-educate yourself by purchasing a film production book or two on the internet instead.

If only you had been born the child of well-connected Hollywood power players, then maybe your film dream would have come to fruition by now. That did not happen, so you spend every waking hour of your life trying to think of a way to get your movie made until you finally realize that the world is unfair and your film dream must be placed on hold. This does not have to happen to you. Your dream to make independent films can become a reality.

I am a passionate filmmaker that graduated from one of the more affordable, yet decent film schools in the Los Angeles area called CSUN (California State University, Northridge). I had large dreams, but unfortunately I had a small bank account. I wanted so badly to make movies right out of the gate but I ran into the cold reality that making movies is expensive and requires connections in the Hollywood film industry for success.

I tried to get funding from many different sources that fund film projects, but they all wanted to see what other movies I had done that had made money. It was the old catch-22, where I needed experience to get experience.

After years of frustration, I decided to make a movie using my own money. This movie was funded mainly with my hard-earned paychecks from various part time jobs. The first film I made was a short film called Rock Killed the Dinosaurs, and it only cost about $3,000 to make. It did very well on the independent film festival circuit in 1989.

LIGHTS!    CAMERA!    ACTION!           ...and...CUT!!             THAT'S A RAP!!          See you at the Sundance and Telluride Film Festivals!!

A few years later I made Mike And The Magic Lamp. This film was shot with a $25,000 budget. It won several awards on the film festival circuit in 1998 including a Silver Award at the prestigious Houston Worldfest, and a top prize at the Santa Clarita International Film Festival. This led to a distribution deal, which led to me having the money to do another film!

 I just completed my latest film with a $50,000 budget. I already have a couple of very good offers from distribution companies to buy the distribution rights, and I haven’t even entered it in any film festivals yet! I stand to make a very decent profit. The best part about it is that I am a working independent filmmaker, making movies on my own terms.

 If you play by the same basic rules that I have learned to play by when it comes to making films then there is no reason why you can’t make one that has similar results as mine! You do not need to have a degree from any film schools and you do not need a whole lot of money. All you need is a relatively small amount of money, a good script, talented and dedicated people to work with and a strong drive to make a movie.

 Don’t let your dream to make a movie slip away!

It is a lot cheaper to make a movie than you think, if you know the secrets to doing it the right way.

Yes, it’s true, the big film studios have invaded these festivals lately disguised as independents but try as they might, they cannot control the festival circuit. At least not completely, for uniqueness and creativity are king at film festivals and those are two things the big studios are lacking. Those qualities are usually seen with smaller and more independent films.

  The Sundance Film Festival, The Santa Barbara Film Festival, and The Palm Springs Film Festival (to name only a few of many) are still first and foremost about new and exiting talent in the world of independent film. That is where you and I come into the picture.  

 Sure, film festival organizers love having the celebrities show up at their festivals to give them publicity, but the film distributors all know that the real deals to be had are amongst the ranks of the films made by unknown filmmakers. They realize that low budget films are not necessarily low quality films, and that they can be sold to television channels around the world for a decent profit.  

The sweetest sounding words that any filmmaker can hear before their name is mentioned are:    ...and the WINNER IS...

With the recent explosion in technological advances and independent filmmaking techniques, films have become much less expensive to make.

We all remember The Blair Witch Project from recent years. This was a film that was shot for about $40,000. A “buzz” was created about it after it showed at Sundance, and by the time this film festival was over a deal was struck that paid the independent filmmakers $1.5 million for their film! The movie went on to make $150,000,000 at the box office! A second Blair Witch film was subsequently made by the original filmmakers, but this time they had a multi-million dollar budget. This could be your story too. All you have to do is make a movie!

Many people have wondered what it would be like to make a movie, but the fact is, not many have actually acted upon this thought and brought their dream to fruition. This is mainly due to the misconception that it is just too expensive to make a movie.

People hear outrageous figures on the news that say this film cost 80 million dollars, and that film cost 150 million dollars, and this turns their dream of making a film into a lofty, far-fetched pipe-dream. They come to the conclusion that only big movie studios can afford to make movies. Their dream fades away, and on their deathbeds they whisper the title of the movie they had in mind, but never made.

 In the past this kind of thing was a reality, but not anymore. Things have changed. New technology and the information age have revolutionized the way that movies get made, and the results are very beneficial to anyone who has a dream to make one.

 The monopoly that the major film studios once had on the film industry is over. In recent decades the film industry has seen a meteoric rise in the popularity of independent films. Film festivals like Sundance and Cannes have turned small-time filmmakers from virtual unknowns to household names overnight.

In recent years there has been a lot of interest directed towards new talent at these festivals. Representatives of movie studios and film distribution companies flock to these festivals in search of the next great, small film that is often hidden under the veil of a low-budget. Films that cost thousands of dollars to make are purchased sometimes for millions of dollars!

 They key to making a film with a small amount of money is having the right information available. There are ways to circumvent the traditional movie-making process to get your film made.

 The truth of the matter is that it does not necessarily cost millions of dollars anymore to make a movie. With the right script, a talented cast, and the right film production methods, anyone with a burning desire to make a movie can do it for a fraction of what it used to cost.

There are people all over this world who never gave up on their dreams to make films, despite the difficulties that came with working outside of the mainstream film industry. Through their struggles these diehard filmmakers have created cheaper ways to make movies. This revolution was born out of frustration due to decades of having their creative voices shunned by the big film studios who favored commercialism over creativity.

Talent and a good storyline are generally worth more to movie audiences than an expensive look. If you can just get a good story committed to film and submitted to film contests, then people will take notice. If a “buzz” is created about your movie, it can lead to a distribution deal that is worth many times more than the money you invested.  

If you have a creative and original script and a passion for getting your film made...      You can make a movie that can compete with the best independent films out there.

 The creative voices of talented independent filmmakers are now being heard, despite what the big studios and their select few talent agents think. People with burning desires to make independent films have blazed the way. They have busted down the doors of the film industry, and they have left the door open for anyone else who wants to come inside and join the show.

  I have made 5 films that have all cost less than 50 thousand dollars each. All of my films have won numerous awards at film festivals over the years. Most importantly, these awards have led to bigger and better film projects for me. I have lived in the trenches of low budget filmmaking for many tears, and I have learned a lot along the way.

I have spent over twenty years learning the craft of low budget filmmaking and I have written a book that contains everything I know about this process. Through many painful years of trial and error I have learned valuable tips and secrets that can help any ambitious filmmaker create a film with a very low budget using 16mm film and the latest in post-production computer technology. Some people are shooting films entirely in the digital realm these days, but to play on the big screens at film festivals you must have a 16mm film print.

This book contains all of the best methods and techniques that I have learned from working on five of my own and many other people's independent films. It is called How To Make A Movie With A Very, Very, Low Budget and it is a guide to independent filmmaking with limited resources.


                                   Learn how to make a film with very little money.

 I am one of these people who never gave up on their dream to make films, and I can show you how to do it too. Here are some examples of the valuable things you will learn from this book:

 1. How to write a script that accommodates a very small budget.

 2. How to purchase a quality script for a small amount of money (if  you are not a writer yourself). 

 3. How to get good actors to work for much less than they are worth.

 4. How to get a professional crew to work for much less money than they normally would work for.

 5. How to avoid wasting expensive film stock.

 6. How to strike deals that eliminate expensive production costs.

 7. How to seek out people who are ready, willing, and able to work on a film with their own equipment (for very cheap).   

 8. The best type of shooting locations to accommodate a low-budget script.

 9. How to find the best film festivals to enter your film.                                                                                               

 10. How to get a good distribution deal for your film.

 11.  Over 250 pages of valuable information about how to make a film with very little money.


 This Book/EBook is full of valuable information that every independent filmmaker should know!

 You also get over 70 ACTIVE LINKS to many useful film industry websites that offer products, services, and valuable information related to making an independent film. From the best websites to find affordable scripts, to the best websites to find deals on crew and post-production services, this book gives you all the information you need to make a movie with a small amount of funding.

 HOW TO MAKE A MOVIE WITH A VERY, VERY, LOW BUDGET  is for anyone who has a dream to make a movie but thought it was just too expensive to do it. This book is a step-by-step guide that walks you through the process of making a very low budget, yet quality film from beginning to end.

Each step is explained in detail, with easy to understand language.

 This Book/Ebook will show you that it is possible to get your film made for a small amount of money (by Hollywood’s standards).

Whether you are a film student who just graduated from film school, an entrepreneur looking to dabble in the film industry, or just a self-educated student of film with a dream to be part of the film industry, the information in this book will provide you with the tools you need to make your dream a reality!

 Don’t let another day pass by without doing something towards making your movie a reality!

 There are now literally hundreds of cable and satellite channels that need your movie to fill their programming schedule. There is no better time than now to make your film a reality. There are certain methods that work better than others when it comes to making very low budget films.

 Many filmmakers abandon their film projects when they run into too many unforeseen problems. My book How To Make A Movie With A Very, Very, Low Budget can show you how to avoid the various things that can sink a small film project before it is finished. It will give you all the information you need to make a film with a small amount of money!

Buy the Ebook version now for A SALE PRICE of only $9.95! (regular price is $29.95!) and you can download it to your computer in just minutes! Buy the paperback version for just $14.95! (plus $5.00 for shipping costs) and have it sent out immediately to the address you indicate!                               

There are people that are hungry to see what you’ve got in the way of a film product, so don’t let another day go by without doing something towards making a film. You do not need to get a degree from any expensive film schools to learn the craft of filmmaking. You can learn how to make a movie for very little money if you buy this Ebook now for just $9.95! Or, buy the paperback for just $14.95 (plus $5.00 for shipping costs)!

What are you waiting for? How To Make A Movie With A Very, Very, Low Budget will show you how to make a movie with a small amount of money using techniques that are not taught in any of the major schools for film production. If you want to know how to make a feature film for film festivals like Sundance or Telluride, this book gives you step by step directions to achieve this goal. You will also get instructions on how and where to shop your film around as well as how to find a good distribution deal.

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