With the advent of YouTube, there are plenty of aspiring filmmakers in the world. If you’re one of them, here’s how to make a movie on a budget.
Low-Budget Filmmaking Tips
This project involves number of people, lot of money and takes time to complete.
When a person plans to get into the business of filmmaking the wise thing would be to start with a low budget film. The best will be to reduce expenses in all fields and even try for free work. Here are a host of low budget filmmaking tips:
Low Budget Filmmaking Tips
Start clicking with an ordinary camera or the one already in hand. Digital cameras are the best to start with. The work can also be started with a borrowed camera from a friend or a relative.
Search for actors that are amateurs and who work at a low cost or even free. It is better to start with people who are known to fit in as actors, instead of engaging established actors.
Avoid complex scenes and keep to simple ones with few actors in one room for a shot. Complexity can be just by some close up shots. Do not indulge running or chasing scenes as they are difficult to film without advanced technology. Stick to simple movements confined in a small area.
The ideal location to shoot on low budget is at home, in the park or in places where there is no entrance fee. Some location can be from some friend’s or relative’s shop, workplace, godown, huge farm house or an ancient bungalow in the outskirts of the city. Try to take the required shots without repeating for perfection, as the actors and technicians would not be able to give much time.
The shots can be easily edited later. All these will save time and money and help in the production of a low budget movie. It is advisable to start with a short movie with a deep thought and one leaving an impact on the minds of the audience. If this is enjoyable and releases well, another film can be started on a higher budget.
Be prepared to realize that everything is not going to be perfect. One should analyze the mistakes and amend them. Do not give half work on facing problems. It is better to use one’s creativity to come up with problems. Any shortcomings realized in the process of shooting should be corrected at the first time and not left for the future.
Friends can be important as partners but without any contract as it may later lead to legal nightmares. On the other hand nave legal partners with proper agreement and legal documents signed.