Monday, October 30, 2017

10 Low to no Budget Filmmaking Tips

𝟭. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 Nothing gets you stuck to the screen better than a good story. with a good story no one cases about the film budget. Who even cares about the budget anyways? The Four elements of Stories and screenplays:

𝗔.- Your story must have characters with a specific goal. A specific goal that can be measured, so at a point in time we can see whether or not the character achieves or fails to achieve the goal. For example, if your character’s goal is to move out of California – this is a weak goal. We all want to leave California. It’s dirty, expensive and increasingly dangerous. But if the goal of your character is to leave California by noon tomorrow, or else… then we have a goal that is easily measured.

𝗕.- Your story must has a setting. The setting can be usual or unusual.

𝗖.- There are the Actions of the main characters and finally what they say, or Dialogue. The trick of a good storyteller is to weave these four elements together so the seams do not show.

𝗗.- The trick is to weave these four elements together so the seams do not show. When a writer achieves this, they have mastered the craft of storytelling. But not necessarily the art.

𝟮. 𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 There are two expensive things to a film shoot: The Camera and the locations. Moving from location to location is time consuming, and can be expensive, regardless of your budget. The less location moves, or no moves at all, the closer you are to reducing your budget. Locations have a huge impact on the script. I’m sure you have seen some of these films: Paranormal Activity, Reservoir Dogs, She’s Gotta Have It and Night of the Living Dead. All of these have one thing in common: limited locations.

𝟯. 𝗜𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 (𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗮) Choosing the right camera that suits your script and your budget is simple. Any digital camera will do. Two elements of a camera to look out for are: compression and lenses. Remember that digital cameras generate the same signal. What changes the image quality are the lenses you use and the numbers of pixels per frame (compression). Using cell phones is becoming more and more used these days. The ultimate no budget trick is use security cameras near by You can talk to the home owners about your project and would like to use the footage from their security camera if they agree to help you then you can schedule a date and time write a screen play (reenact criminal activity or what ever it is) then get a copy of the video from the home owner or owners this way you have multiple angles.

𝟰. 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 It’s not the look of skin on skin that turns you on in a sex scene. It is the sound of skin on skin. Professional filmmakers spend a lot of time looking for sounds and creating the sounds that go with their pictures. It’s a known fact that our brains are wired in such a way that when we cant really hear clearly what the actors are saying, the film goes dim. Good clean sound great sound effects added in is the quickest way to make your video, even the one shot on cellphone camera, look great.

𝟱. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 Finding the right Music for your video is one of the most if not the most critical part of filmmaking. A movie can have an amazing story great action shots high quality image but if the music doesn’t match or project the feelings of the scene you will have a nice piece of “how not to” material.

𝟲. 𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝗢𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗱 Disorganization is completely and totally unforgivable. It can easily be preventable by planning ahead. Make sure you know where all your gear and tools are, and make sure everything and everybody shows up at the right place at the right time. If your not good at organizing and moving people like this then partner with someone who has these skills.

𝟳. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗖𝗮𝗻’𝘁 𝗔𝗰𝘁 Everyone likes to get a few friends together to make a movie and use them as actors. This usually ends up in disaster, because well, your friends are not trained actors. They probably spent hours and hours with a video camera in front of the mirror, but they are not going to know how to act in front of a camera on a set. When your friends think they are acting well on set, you will probably be so shocked at how bad they perform that you wont be able to direct them without running the risk of ruining your friendship. Far better to advertise for a volunteer actor/collaborators at local theater and acting schools, hold rigorous auditions until you find a stellar cast of talented unknowns than use your friends.

𝟴. 𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗮 𝗙𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 The use of social media has changed the game and has created two types of filmmakers: those who hate social media, and those who love and embrace it. You can use social media to create a following of people eager to sample and appreciate your latest work. Smart filmmakers use two producers: one who uses traditional production work flow, and one who will use social media. A great way to build your audience is to post a preview trailer of your video on social media and enable comments on the post, and announce that you want them to comment: “After watching Please comment below.”

𝟵. 𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗮 𝗙𝗶𝗹𝗺𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗿, 𝗮 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗿 𝗮 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿 Whatever your goals are, you need to decide what it is you are going to be doing. Filmmakers make films and hope to cruise the fame route until they are discovered and become famous for their films. Content providers are professional filmmakers who deliver movies whether dramatic, corporate or documentary at a price per minute. Communicators are filmmakers and content providers who have something to say using the power of moving images with excellent sound, well crafted stories and good sound tracks. Kind of like the infamous “Casey Neistat”. Communicators will also consider a host of different mediums including short two and three minute episodes for mobiles (mobisodes) or internet (webisodes). Gaming and phone apps also provide interesting storytelling possibilities with a host of different strategies for monetizing current content being debated around the world.

𝟭𝟬. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲’𝘀 𝗡𝗼 𝗦𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝘀 𝗟𝘂𝗰𝗸 I believe that luck is earned, through a combination of hard work and karma. If you maintain your integrity and your passion, success will surely visit you. Create content on a regular schedule, it being daily Weekly, bi-weekly or monthly what ever it is Create a schedule and deadline and stick to it. I’m not going to say: :stick to it religiously” because I know many religious people who don’t go to church every Sunday like they are supposed to. 😃 You will get out exactly what you put in.

𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮 𝘰𝘧 𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘮 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘮 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧. “𝘉𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘺” 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘭, 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦, 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 – 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩.

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