Welcome to the world of low budget filmmaking. Where do you begin? Well for one thing, you cannot expect a major ‘big boy’ company to come in and fund all your projects. Would you lend out a couple hundred dollars to someone looking into starting a major business in less than a year? I am guessing no. Well that is how the major film distributors view most new and untested directors and filmmakers. Anyway if you follow these quick tips, you will soon be on your way to a greater path to success as a low budget filmmaker.
Choose your equipment wisely. You do not need to spend a fortune on ‘shiny things’ that may make you film look more golden. Most likely, you will go bust just because you thought it would look better with an expensive piece of film gear.
Find reliable people to help you with you film. If you can save time by finding people to help with certain tasks, that can help you save time, thus, save money in the long term. Also, try do any task yourself if you can do it.
Start yourself a schedule. When working on filmmaking, it can be crazy at times. Make yourself a schedule of what are you going to do. What is you plan for the morning? At what time will you be buying the necessary equipment for your project? When will your team show up to help you out? Of course, your schedule will vary, depending on what kind of project you are doing. Again do obsess over it.
Again, these tips are meant to get a slightly better understanding where to begin on your low budget filmmaking hobby or career. So now, get started on you path to success!
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Question by Jaide112: What is the digital camcorder for low budget filmmaking?
Answer by Heinz M
I bought a Canon 16:9 ZR-300. Should do a great job.
Price $ 499.00 but I bought mine including $ 150. worth of accessories at eBay for $ 210. including S&H, brand new.
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