Micro-Budget Movie Making TipsMarc Ehrenbold
Micro-budget movie making is exactly that – you’re trying to break in to the filming industry and you barely have enough funds to do so. What’s a poor, struggling film maker to do?
First thing you have to remember when you’re in to micro-budget movie making is to realize that your lack of financial resources is not a limitation, but a great opportunity to prove yourself resourceful. Show everyone how clever and creative you are with so little to start with, and you’ll be entrusted with so much more.
That’s about it with the chicken soup maxims, now let’s get to the brass tacks of micro-budget movie making:
- K.I.S.S. (keep it short and simple), but make sure your story is powerfully moving with minimal characters and locations. Review your script and find out if you can squish the characters, scenes, and location together. Using really clever dialogue is more cost-effective than showing all of your character’s actions in separate scenarios.
- Gather your team and determine who has access to resources, locations, and connections for a minimal cost. This is probably the best aspects of micro-budget movie making – you get to work with individuals like yourself, with each member bringing a wealth of experience to your group effort. Check if you have someone in your team who knows someone who knows someone who can let you shoot in their property for free, or has the same vehicle you need for your story.
- Determine a budget for the things you will have to pay for. This will be a bit easier now since you already know the things you don’t have to shell out money for. Don’t forget to allocate 10% of your funds for contingencies because there will definitely be hiccups along the way.
- Don’t forget to factor in your post-production, marketing, and distribution costs during development, not after. Formulate plans on how you’ll get your movie to homes and theaters before you even begin filming.
- Save a portion of the budget for marketing. Don’t forget to capture stills and cast interviews during production. Gathering all of them after production will be cost you and everyone else involved time and money. Get someone to carry a handheld camera around in production to capture cool highlights. Getting those marketing materials earlier in the game will surely put you ahead in post-production.
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