Free Softwares for No Budget Filmmakers 

It’s hard to make film in no budget, but some free Softwares can make your work easy.

1. Gimp (Graphic Editor)

Don’t hv money to buy  photoshop use Gimp. A raster based software for Editing photos and creating graphic. Yes you can make your movie posters in it. Best thing abt it is, it can export to psd file. Or it can also open psd files, you can edit as well.

2. Inkscape (Graphic Editor)
It’s an alternative to corel and Illustrator. A vector software. You can create vector images from it, export to png  and use in you film Editing softwares.

3. Hit film 4 Express (Video Editor)
It’s a good combination of premier and After Effects. You can add Effects and edit your film as well. It needs online registration. They will give you a serial key.

4. Audacity (Audio Editor)
An alternative to Adobe Audition. Its free and good to use.

5. Subtitle Edit (Subtitle Editor)
Best software for Subtitle Editing. Can convert many subtitle file formats. It can also translate text to any language.

If you think I hv missed any , plz let me know.


Worst Bollywood Directors

15. Apoorva Lakhia

Yes, he has done one good movie, that is Shootout At Lokhandwala which in my opinion is one of the most gripping crime dramas in recent times. However, he has directed some rather forgettable films apart from that. He has always managed to get a good starcast for his films, but isn’t able to utilise their talent with poor storylines and bad writing not helping his case. He has given duds like Dus Kahaaniyan, Ek Ajnabee, Mission Istanbul, one of the most pointless and genuinely disgusting remakes Zanjeer and his latest outing Haseena too not finding favour with the audiences.All these movies had some potential to turn out great, but failed because of some horrible direction. Personally, I think Haseena could have been saved if he had chosen a competent actress to do the part, but that movie too had its flaws.

14. Vivek Agnihotri

Another director, who tries to experiment but fails big time. Having made his debut with Chocolate ,which wasn’t a bad film in my opinion, he went on to make Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal, which was a very melodramatic attempt at showing Indian life in London combined with some football. Though Hate Story was a hit when it released, it was evident that this was an attempt to use sex to sell the movie.Take out that and you can see how poorly directed the film was.He also directed Buddha in A Traffic Jam,which is probably his best outing so far and was a very intriguing film in my opinion, but it was a one-off, seeing how bad his other films were.

13. Sohail Khan

What is this man doing in Bollywood? He is one of the most crass and cheap actors I’ve ever seen and when he tried his hand at direction, he achieved nothing there as well. He has made one good film Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya, but that’s about it.He directed the Pay It Forward remake Jai Ho and even ardent Salman Khan fans could not help but criticise the film for its overt melodrama and senseless direction. Though it had a noble concept, there was just mindless action and utterly stupid writing. He failed to utilise one of India’s most skilled actors Nawazuddin Siddique too as Freaky Ali turned out to be a flop as well. He should just support Salman and not try his hand at direction anymore. The audience cannot take so much nonsense!

12. Goldie Behl

The director of Drona, The guy who put us through two and a half hours of sheer torture. One of the lowest ranked Bollywood movies on IMDb, Drona was one of the most boring movies I have ever been made to sit through. For those who haven’t watched it, THANK YOUR STARS! This movie clearly showed that how far behind India is when it comes to fantasy movies, lacking acting, directions, costumes and effects.

11. Anubhav Sinha

He has a made a decent movie or two, but that doesn’t spare this guy from being on this list. He made Tum Bin, which was a genuinely good movie and earned a cult status in the following years and he made Dus which I found enjoyable despite its flaws and some terrible acting. But he has wasted some really good acting talent in his movies like RA.One (Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor), Gulaab Gang (Juhi Chawla and Madhuri Dixit) and Cash (Ajay Devgn). All these movies could have been good but were let down by poor writing and direction.RA.One could have been the superhero movie India needed to show to the world. But it turned out to be the movie we didn’t need.Pity. He also made the sequel to Tum Bin this year, which was out of the theatres at 10 times the speed it came.

10. Shaad Ali

For a man who started out as an assistant director to Mani Ratnam, you would expect some really good quality work from him. And Shaad Ali did give that to us in the start by making two really entertaining movies Saathiya and Bunty aur Babli. What went wrong after that? He made the colossal disaster Jhoom Barabar Jhoom where he tried to gather an ensemble cast but unfortunately for him none of them could draw in the crowd because the movie was itself very mediocre. He repeated the same mistake with Kill Dil, a big cast but a terrible film, one of the worst to be released in that year. He decided to return to his comfort zone by making Ok Jaanu.Though it was sweet and had brilliant chemistry between Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, people didn’t like it as much as its Tamil counterpart Ok Kanmani.

9. Ashwini Dhiir

The amount of senseless comedies Bollywood churns out every year, some stand out for being worse than the worst. This man is responsible for some of them.His debut feature One Two Three, a comedy of errors, was funny in parts but didn’t do really well. His next Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? is one of the most over the top, loud and irritating comedies in the recent past. He tasted a lot of success with Son of Sardaar, another loud irritating comedy. His latest feature Guest in London opened to horrible reviews.

8. Sabbir Khan

The man who has directed Tiger Shroff in all the movies he has acted in till now. He started his career with the movie Kambakhthh Ishq which had created so much hype for having Sylvester Stallone, Denise Richards and other famous Hollywood actors in cameos.But not even Hollywood A-list stars could save this disaster. His next 3 films, Heropanti , Baaghi, Munna Michael were okay but offered nothing new and were absolutely mediocre.

7. Satish Kaushik

Satish Kaushik is a brilliant actor, no doubt about that. His comic timing has given us some hilarious moments in films. But he should just stick to acting. Direction isn’t his forte. He made Tere Naam, where he gave Salman one of the best characters he could ever play. But that is it. He has made some terrible movies like the Himesh Reshamiya remake Karzzzzzzzz where only the zzzzz was applicable because that represented the audience sleeping in the theatre. He tried to bring the audience back by promoting his next film Milenge Milenge as the movie which Shahid and Kareena did after their breakup, but it tanked. He directed the remake of Juno which again did horribly.

.6. Harry Baweja

Harry Baweja is the man who gave Bollywood Harman Baweja. I think that in itself is a valid reason to hate him. But talking about his filmography, he too hasn’t given any really good movies worth remembering. He has made many movies which are really forgettable like Dilwale,Qayamat,Main Aisa Hi Hoon,the very forgettable Love Story 2050 which launched Harman Baweja. That movie was so badly made that you could clearly see it was just an attempt to make Harman Baweja known. And that also did not do well.

5. Indra Kumar

Indra Kumar has no doubt made some really good movies in the early stages of his career. Movies like Dil, Ishq,Beta all won a lot of acclaim from the audience and were really enjoyable as well. He redefined sex comedies in India with Masti, which was hilarious. Even Dhamaal was very entertaining. But Indra Kumar’s case is a case of continuing a series just relying on the predecessor’s success. Masti was great. Grand Masti was crass and had some really cringe worthy scenes but it still joined the 100 crore club. There were already signs that a third movie in the series is uncalled for. But yet, Great Grand Masti came out. And it did horribly. Though it had leaked a few days before, the movie in itself was so terrible that it clearly would have flopped anyways. He made this mistake with Double Dhamaal too, because Dhamaal was funny but the sequel was so crass, loud and terrible that it ruined the goodwill of the first one as well.

4. Prabhu Deva

All the die hard Prabhu Deva fans, please read before you vent out your anger. He is no doubt a brilliant dancer and has directed some good movies down South, but in Bollywood he has made some really terrible ones.Wanted, his debut film, and Rowdy Rathore were still enjoyable though illogical, but R….Rajkumar, Action Jackson, Singh is Bliing? Who can explain that? If anybody ever needs proof of how horrible these movies are, I would like to describe one scene from Action Jackson that scarred me for life. There is a scene where Sonakshi Sinha by mistake sees Ajay Devgan’s manhood and suddenly gets a promotion. So she believes it is good luck and starts following him to try and see it again. WTF. Please Prabhu Deva, stick to dancing in movies. Don’t do this to our dear Bollywood.

3. Shirish Kunder

When the two most notable things you have done in your life is getting into a fight with SRK and getting married to Farah Khan, you know whats going wrong. He debuted with Jaan-e-Mann, which had Salman and Akshay Kumar in the lead. What could go wrong? Everything. The movie was such a sad melodramatic, sloppily written movie that it didn’t hold a candle to Farhan Akhtar’s Don which released on the same day. He followed it up with Joker. With a rating of 2.6 on IMDb, I don’t really have to say anything else. However you cant blame him because No. 1 and No.2 on this list are both related to him. So making terrible films runs in the family.

2. Farah Khan

Ahh well the top 2 directors on this list should feature in a horror film which has something to do with evil siblings. Because their movies are really scary to sit through. Farah Khan is still fine because she has done Main Hon Na, which though wasn’t path breaking, it managed to gain acclaim and was enjoyable. Same with Om Shanti Om which was an out-and-out masala movie. However after that she made Tees Maar Khan. WHY!!!! Why did I sit through it? I think if I had to write my own version of Chetan Bhagat’s Three Mistakes of my life, this would be one of them. Loud, crass, over-the-top, cheap, that movie was terrible. It hurt to see such a talented comedy actor like Akshay Kumar lose his mind in such a movie. And then she made Happy New Year. That movie was senseless on all levels. It had such a good cast but a movie about a gang of thieves who want to rob a vault take part in a dancing competition? Nah, not my cup of tea.

1. Sajid Khan

How is this man smiling after making us go through so much? The hands down Numero Uno when it comes to this list, when we think this man can’t stoop to lower levels, he does. Every single movie. He started out with Darna Zaroori Hai which was like a warning for his remaining movies.He then started the Housefull series of which the first movie was funny. Housefull 2 was funny but too confusing to try and make sense of it. Housefull 3 was just disgusting and was an insult to the senses.And he decided to remake Himmatwala. When the worst director in Bollywood decides to remake an iconic movie(read:Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag) , it is gonna have a disastrous result. Disastrous it was. That movie was an insult to cinema. And the icing on the cake: Humshakals. That movie has a rating on 1.8 on IMDb. And seeing the lead actors cross-dressing has to be one of the most scarring movie experiences, the terrible writing and one-liners notwithstanding.

How to Create a Low Budget Movie


1. 1
Decide whether or not you really want to make a movie. Understand that this is a costly,
time-consuming venture that will leave little time for hanging out with your friends and having
fun. Then again, if you’re making a low-budget movie, what better way to do it than to do it by
hanging out with your mates, being the center of attention and having fun?
2. 2
Get an idea for a movie. It doesn’t even have to be truly original – it could be a loose remake or
spoof. Who cares? You could always use a book as inspiration – heck, anything created before
1900 is public domain and you can just steal it and use that. If you want something cohesive,
have an idea first. If you don’t really care, just make stuff up as you go along (David Lynch did
this for Inland Empire – you decide how good that was).
3. 3
If you have a plan, write a screenplay. It doesn’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to
follow it 100%. It just gives you a great outline to start with. If you want, you can just write the
scenes and have the actors improvise their lines.
4. 4
Have a vision.
5. 5
Make a shot list and draw or create storyboards. This helps you to know what shots you
want to have in the movie before going out to shoot them. Storyboards don’t have to be drawn
by an artist, either. You can draw stick figures, take pictures of action figures, use storyboarding
software like Storyboard Quick or whatever you think works best. Again, this just gives you a
basic outline of what you need to shoot and what will be in each shot.
6. 6
Get your actors and rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. This allows your actors to get a real feel
for the scene before they go out and waste time, tape, and/or film. This way they can learn the
lines together or, if you’re allowing them to improvise, they can start now and generate ideas for
lines they’d like to use.
7. 7
Hire a crew. And by crew, we mean a group of people who may or may not really know what
they’re doing. If you’re really serious, put an ad in the paper and find a few guys who went to
film school who know a little about lighting, recording sound or working a camera. As a
director, you’ll be able to get closer to what you want from people who have even the slightest
idea as to what they’re doing. Or, if you want a more hands-on approach and want to learn more
about the various aspects of film making, ask some of your friends to hold mics or positions
lights with you. That way you’ll both learn and you just might appreciate it more.
8. 8
Make a shooting schedule and maybe even a budget. Figure out how much money you can
spend on this film of yours and figure out the best ways to spend it. Remember, you’ll need
something to record sound on, a simple lighting kit, and a camera. Anything beyond that and it
might be too complicated. You’ll also need props, food for your cast and crew, transportation
for some of them, and you might even have to pay for locations. A schedule helps everyone,
too, because they’ll know when they need to be with you and where you’ll be.
9. 9
Get as much stuff as you can for free. Are you in school? See if the school owns a camera.
Buddy up to the technology teacher. Do you know someone who owns a hardware store? They
can get you lights and maybe some props. Tell them you’re making a movie and they might give
you a discount. Need a location badly but you think you might need to pay for it? Explain that
you’re making a movie and most people will give you stuff. People love movies and they want
to be a part of one. Just tell people that you’re making a movie and it’ll open up doors you didn’t
know existed.
Be organized. It’s that simple.
Stay true to your vision.
Start shooting. Be nice to everyone and try to explain to them what you want without making
them feel stupid. You’re supposed to be having fun, right? So let everyone else have fun, too.
Remember to watch your footage as often as possible. You don’t want to lose a shot because it
was too dark and not be able to go back and redo it because you only had the location for one
day. Don’t lose your cool and never forget that you’re supposed to be having fun. You aren’t
getting paid, so don’t treat it like your job. Remember to make note of takes and use a
clapboard. There’s a lot to know, but you can duck and dive through a lot of it. Just have fun.
Learn how to use editing software. Most programs are easy to learn and will allow you to
sync sound and music with almost no trouble. And don’t rush it. Editing takes time.Its good to
use a good software like particle illusion or an FX product like Fx vision lab studios (all though
these cost money ,100-200 pounds)
Create Movie Credits, you can use a video title creation system like Video tagger
Show your friends along the way. If you’re stuck, make a few versions and show people.
They’ve probably seen a lot of movies, too, and will tell what works and what doesn’t.
Slap that puppy onto a D.V.D and have everyone you know come over to your house and
watch it. Bask in the glory of knowing that you are now an independent filmmaker. People will
love you a little bit more now.
Explain to your boss why you haven’t been at work for the past few weeks. (kidding).

10 Tips for Marketing & DIY Distribution

10 Tips for Marketing & DIY Distribution
By Kim Adelman
Kicking off with an “it can only get better” rallying speech from indie film guru Ted Hope and
concluding with cautionary “budget for P&A” advice from “Bass Ackwards” producer Thomas
Woodrow, the Los Angeles Film Festival presented an extremely insightful marketing and distribution
symposium over the weekend. Those independent filmmakers lucky enough to be one of the 200
people seated in the Grammy Museum auditorium heard innumerable words of wisdom from heavy
hitters such as Jon Reiss, Peter Broderick, and Kickstarter’s Yancey Stickler. Here are ten things that
particularly resonated.
1. “The world we’re living in is worse than what we’re moving forward to.” – Ted Hope
In his opening remarks, Ted Hope said people in the independent film business are still nervous about
what the future landscape is going to be. But there is no reason to fear the future. We are entering the
age of the artist/entrepreneur. “For the first time, we have the potential to establish a broad middle
class of creative individuals who support themselves through their art, aligning and collaborating with
specifically defined audiences, and not having to conform to the limited dictates of the mass
marketplace and its controllers.”
Hope raced through his power point presentation, which he promised to put online at some point in the
future. Two other notes from his speech:
2. “We are no longer in the business of one-offs.”
Hope clarified, “You cannot afford to rebuild the wheel with each project. Focus on the ongoing
conversation with your audience. You won’t be delivering a single product anymore. You will be
delivering many products in many formats in many variations.”
3. “It will be to your advantage to have a previously aggregated audience base.”
Audience building before production even begins was a key part of many speaker’s presentations.
Hope’s advice was to collect 5,000 fans prior to seeking financing, then gain 500 fans per month during
prep, prod, and post.
4. Re: projects raising funds on Kickstarter, “If a project reaches 25% of its goal, 92% of the
time it will get funded.” – Yancey Stickler
Kickstarter cofounder Yancey Stickler rattled off stats and advice regarding how to use Kickstarter
successfully to raise money. The majority of film projects using Kickstarter are documentaries and
webseries. Features have a harder time raising money than documentaries because there isn’t a core
group interested in the subject, so you’re selling yourself. It’s very rare that a film’s full budget is
raised, most common is finishing funds. A shorter time period for raising funds is better than longer –
30 days seems optimal, with $8,000 the average amount raised for film projects.
5. “Personal experience between those who create the film and those who enjoy the film gives the
viewer a history with the film and a connection.” Cory McAbee
Filmmaker/musician Cory McAbee of “The American Astronaut” and “Stringray Sam” fame skyped in
to have a conversation with Jon Reiss, author of “Thinking Outside of the Box Office.” Sharing his
experiences touring with his films, McAbee pointed out that filmmaker appearances are an important
part of the film’s life, so make sure you have in the initial production budget “a small stipend to cover
rent” for at least a year of touring your film.
6. “The secret to social media is storytelling” – Sean Percival
In discussing social media tools, MySpace Director of Content Socialization Sean Percival reinforced
that social media is just another way of continuing your film’s narrative. “You’re telling the story of
your movie – your successes, your failures, bring your characters to life… You need to adapt your
knowledge of storytelling to these new platforms. Get people on the hook and keep giving them stuff
that they enjoy.”
7. “In the final analysis, it’s all about audience” – Peter Broderick
Having recently spent weeks thinking about crowdfunding, consultant Peter Broderick presented his
thoughts on the importance of finding audiences, reaching out to them, engaging them, and harnessing
their power.
Broderick reminded us that in “old world” thinking, the audience is the last part of the equation. In the
new world, the audience comes onboard very early in the process – by financing the film via
crowdfunding. In the old world, there were barriers between you and your audience – filmmakers were
not interacting directly with audiences. Previously, the audience was anonymous; now we know
them/have their emails. In the old world, the audiences were passive. Now we must engage them.
Previously they were just consumers. Now we need them to be evangelists and patrons that you can
take with you to other projects.
8. “A stunt is no substitute for actual P&A” – Thomas Woodrow
When asked his best advice for filmmakers, “Bass Ackwards” producer Thomas Woodrow
immediately responded, “Budget for P&A. It’s obligatory with these small films. You’ll be so much
happier and you’ll insure release for a film you worked so hard on.”
9. “Film is a face-to-face business. A filmmaker is the best sales person of the film.” – Mynette
Producer of “Children of Invention” Mynette Louie warned that DIY distribution will suck up a lot of
your time and your other projects will be neglected.
10. “No one knows enough. You are as much the authority on how to market and distribute your
film as anyone. Ask around within your community. You will find out information from your
peers. Read Truly Free. Read indieWIRE.” Nolan Gallagher, Gravitas Ventures
‘Nuff said