How to Create a Low Budget Movie

 

Steps
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.
10.10
Be organized. It’s that simple.
11.11
Stay true to your vision.
12.12
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.
13.13
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)
14.14
Create Movie Credits, you can use a video title creation system like Video tagger
15.15
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.
16.16
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.
17.17
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
Louie
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

5 Best Editing Software for Film Making

5 Best Movie Editing Software For Your Next
Film
by Kasia Mikoluk

you are trying to win an Oscar or are simply putting together a
commercial, when it comes to movie editing effective software is crucial. Once you’ve gotten a solid
set of film making skills (for a skill boost, check out this “Make Better Videos” course, with tips from a
film expert), the right software with the right tools can take your movie from average to extraordinary.
So if you’re trying to find the best movie editing software program but don’t know what program to
choose, check out this list of the five best movie editing software options.
1. Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe’s been around awhile now, since the 1990s. With several updated versions and eighteen years of
development, Adobe’s editing features are solid. They include keying, lighting, colorizing, and
transforming. Conveniently, a search box let’s you find any effect or transition you need relatively
easily. One of Adobe’s feature highlights? A built in speech-to-text function, which creates a search
ready index of spoken words in your video. This tool makes editing substantially easier—you’ll never
have to go through hours of footage searching for a quote. You can simply search for it directly.
Lastly, it is worth pointing out here that Adobe Premiere Pro is also well integrated with other Adobe
programs in the Adobe Creative Suite, including Adobe After Effects and Photoshop. So if you’re
already an Adobe user, Adobe Premiere Pro is definitely a solid option. To learn how to use the
software and get started, take this Premiere Pro beginner’s tutorial. Or, to master your Premiere Pro
skills check out this Premiere Pro master class.
2. Adobe Premiere Elements
Keep in mind that Adobe Premiere Pro is geared towards professionals, as the name suggests. If you’re
looking for a high-quality video editing software program but you’re not an editing expert you might
want to check out Adobe Premiere Elements. This is a less-sophisticated cousin of Premiere Pro,
featuring an easier to use user-interface. Basic editing tools are situated within the Effects Control
palette, so they are easy to locate. Though, beyond this the program does offer a variety of more hightech
editing options.
Like Premiere Pro, Adobe Premiere Elements is also well integrated with other Adobe programs in the
Adobe Creative Suite. You can actually use Adobe Photoshop to edit any image on the Adobe Premiere
Elements timeline, for example. Though Adobe Premiere Elements is much easier to use than Adobe
Premiere Pro, it’s still worth taking a training course. If you are interested in learning how to use the
software, you might want to check out this Adobe Premiers Elements 11 training course.
3. Sony Vegas Pro
Though often overlooked, Sony Vegas Pro is a high-quality editing program, which yields professional
grade movies. Like with Final Cut Pro, you can easily mix multiple video formats and resolutions
without recoding. The software program actually started out as an audio editor, known as Vegas Pro,
and was later bought out by Sony and it still boasts impressive audio editing capabilities.
4. Apple Final Cut Pro
When it comes to video editing options, Final Cut Pro is one of the best options out there. It has
recently been used to edit several Hollywood major motion pictures, including The Curious Case of
Benjamin Button, No Country for Old Men, and Cold Mountain.
Importing options are one of the program’s highlights. Final Cut Pro supports many different file
types– you can easily mix video files of varying formats and resolutions without having to spend time
recoding the files. You can import either an entire clip or just a portion of clip, an option that facilitates
easy import and simplifies editing. Upon importation, Final Cut Pro will analyze the media for any
stabilization issues or color balance problems, as well as the presence of people. Based on this analysis,
the program can also create Smart Collections based on the shot type and whether it is stable or
unstable. These automatic clip organization options are undoubtedly a huge advantage.
The program features a range of impressive editing features, including one-step transitions, prebuilt
movie themes, and GPU-accelerated movie export. It boasts extensive tools for color correction and
filtering, as well as stellar audio editing capabilities. The software can automatically fix hum, noise,
and peaks, though it also allows for manual adjustment. Over 1,300 royalty-free sound effects are
included and you can also match separately recorded tracks.
Final Cut Pro is one of the most expensive pieces of movie editing software out there. Though, it is
definitely one of the best options; if you are looking to make a high-quality, professional video it is
well worth the investment. To get the most out of your money, it can be a good idea to take a training
course to ensure that you know how to use the program to its full potential. You might want to check
out this Final Cut Pro video training course.
5. iMovie
Like Adobe Premier Elements, iMovie is technically a consumer-level editing program, so it isn’t as
high tech as some of the other software programs on our list. However, an easy to use time-line
interface combined with a range of professional editing tools make it well worth a mention. It is one of
the easiest to use movie-editing programs out there. It features a drag and drop interface, so with a
couple of clicks and some dropping and dragging you can conduct high-quality edits that seriously
enhance the quality of your video. And although iMovie is user friendly, it offers a variety of
professional grade editing tools, including frame stabilization for smoother movie playback, easy
configure transitions, and special effects.
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