Thursday, June 17, 2010

Micro-Budget Blues or How to Make a Movie in 6 Days: Part 3


Use what you have access to. In Edges of Darkness, my producer had a friend who owned a warehouse we could use on weekends. So we built up our apartment sets inside it. My producer also happened to be a fairly competent carpenter. He and a few friends built the whole set of a few hundred dollars. If you don't have a friend with a warehouse, people rent warehouse spaces for as low as $75 bucks a day, even in LA. You just have to do some looking. We couldn't have a working shower on set, so I used the line producer's place. On Trap we utilized my condo, my line producer's house and an actors place to shoot that movie. If your script calls for expensive locations you can't get access to, lose the locations, rewrite around what you can get or chose another script with easier to get locales to shoot.

Final thoughts

It's very hard to make any movie, but it's even harder to do it with little to no money, if you're going to go through the process, make sure you have something to say. And be able to live with the product that this amount of money can buy. Because contrary to some, money does buy a certain level of quality and if you can't live without studio polished sound, visuals and performances than don't make the movie. Try to raise more money. If you do make the money, don't waste time making excuses for any short comings that are due to budget. At the end of the day, people don't care how much your movie cost or how hard it was to make it. They just want to be entertained or challenged.

My new flick Monsters in the Woods starts shooting next week. I'll be giving a day to day account right here and on our official facebook page.

Wrote this last post a little tipsy. My first buzzed blog.


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