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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
With the recent explosion in technological advances and
independent filmmaking techniques, films have become much less expensive to
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
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
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.
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.
I am one of these people who never gave up on their
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of the valuable things you will learn from this book:
1. How to write a script that accommodates a very small
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
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
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
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.
AND THERE IS MUCH, MUCH
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