If you want to do a movie but don’t have enough resources, you have come to the right place. We are here to give you tips on how you can produce a movie without wiping the savings on your bank account. If this is your first time producing a movie, here are the tips that you need to follow in order to be successful.
The first thing that you need to prepare is a script that is written for a micro-budget movie. Low budget doesn’t mean low quality. You simply have to avoid scenes such as lots of car chases, exploding buildings, etc. You can shoot a romantic comedy film in the Indie genre.
Shoot in free locations as much as possible. You can use your house in filming scenes, rehearsals, and wardrobes. You can also use your house as a production office. Try to film several scenes inside your house at once. It’s not practical for the cameramen and crew to go back and forth – from your house to a restaurant and back to your house again. It will make them feel more tired since they also need to carry heavy equipment with them.
Vary the locations as much as possible. A film can get really boring if it’s shot only on one location. Try to use open terrains such as mountains, deserts and other rural areas. You can also shoot on a location while it is open. You can save a lot by asking a restaurant manager to shoot while they are on their business hours. The shooting can bring attention and it can also work for them since some of the people in the crowd will go to their restaurant if they get hungry. Besides, if you are going to ask a restaurant to close for the day so that you can get your shoot, you will have to pay more in terms of compensation.
Even though you are in a budget, invest in a good cast and a good director. In a film festival, producers often ask first who’s the lead actor or actress of your film. The publicity from recognized actors or actress can attract a lot of viewers and distributors.
Produce excellent images. Movies that look like crap are worth nothing. Distributors do not generally ask the camera brand that was used to film the movie. The finished product should just be excellent and it doesn’t look like it was set on the 80’s, unless that’s what your movie is all about.
You also have to realize that making a low budget movie is a do-it-yourself project. You will be the accountant, lawyer, owner, and secretary in one. If you can’t manage it yourself, hire people that are capable and whom you can get along with. Since you will be involved in making the film for a long time, it is better that you all have a great time doing it.