The Independent Movie Budget That Works
There are first time filmmakers that never get a movie off the ground because they put together an unrealistic “dream budget.” What I mean by a “dream budget” is a budget based on what a filmmaker wishes they had to spend as opposed to what they can spend.
These “dream budgets”, from a indie film perspective, aren’t grounded in economic reality. If you don’t have access to a helicopter for a daring rescue scene then why have a helicopter scene in your movie? If you can’t afford to block off a street and have a shootout scene, then why have that type of scene in your movie? Those types of scenes cost money that most independent film budgets cannot absorb.
It’s a huge long shot to find a major movie studio, producer, or production company to put up the money for an independent film. Especially with a first time filmmaker unknown in the business