150 to 250 dollars.
Lighting, no problem. Those old painter or mechanics lights will work fine. You can build in cinematic or artistic interest in making your lighting more or less extreme. That takes some practice and experience all of which makes it fun.
Actors are probably your hardest part. Of course, you can grab a few of your closest friends for a weekend and put something together. But, my recommendation if you are starting out at the beginning level would be to enter one of those 48 hour film making competitions where teams enter and write, shoot & edit a 5 minute film all in one weekend. This way, no-one would have to commit for a large length of time and your production will happen quickly. If any of that doesn’t work, then at least bribe your buddies by offering to pick up the pizza.
Once you have