While Hollywood movies are often made on budgets that run into hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of pounds, it’s possible to make a film on a much smaller amount of money – if you’re willing to rely on your ingenuity that is. There are some areas of film making where you really want to avoid skimping on the costs – camera quality and scriptwriting being just a couple of them – but there are plenty of other ways to economise when making a movie, all it takes is a little dedication, a lot of forward planning and the vision to see how you can bend situations to your benefit.
The biggest and most important step to making a movie on a low budget is to collect a good group of people and a talented team. If you’re unable to pay or only able to pay badly and don’t have enough knowledgeable friends, then it’s a great idea to write to any local film making courses you know of and ask if any students would like to gain experience by helping you out free of charge. You could also find willing volunteers by putting up an ad in cinemas, where you’re likely to find plenty of aspiring filmmakers.
On the same note, rope in fashion and art students to help you with props, story boarding and costume designs and you’ll be well on your way to making a professional looking film at a low price. The same goes for actors, but if you can afford to pay for a couple of professionals it could be worth your while investing in the performers – as a good or bad performance really has the ability to make or break a film.
Locations are another big cost for filmmakers, and the fewer you use the cheaper your film will be. You also need to be careful if you’re filming outside or in public areas, just in case you include places or people that do not want to be on film for one reason or another. There are also certain areas that you need permission to film in, such as publicly owned park lands or historical sites, so you’ll need to make sure you do your research before setting up if you want to save yourself time and money.
As mentioned before, you won’t want to cut costs too much when it comes to cameras or sound equipment, if your footage isn’t of a high quality it will impact on all of your hard work – and will detract from good performances, scriptwriting and editing. You will however be able to hire all of this equipment as well as the all important generators you need to run them off when you’re on location with no power supplies. It’s a very smart move to make sure you have a very detailed itinerary for all of your filming, especially when you’re renting equipment, as run-overs can be very costly.
Making a good film doesn’t have to be expensive but it will definitely be hard work, so make sure you rest well beforehand and reward yourself handsomely afterward.
Harvey McEwan about the creative arts and movie making.
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