Tips for Aspiring Indie Filmmakers
When you are just starting out in the world of indie filmmaking, chances are you will have a rather limited budget to work with. However, this does not mean that making a good quality, feature-length film is impossible, so here are some tips to help you on your way to success. Decide on a budget before you begin filming, so that you know your limits and can plan accordingly. Once you have done this, you will need to prioritise what to spend your money on.
The most attention should be paid to what will actually be seen on screen and what will make the film look good overall. You want to make something that will be good enough quality to appeal to a broad section of people, from those who watch films every day to others who only watch them occasionally, aside from other hobbies such as playing partypoker or sports. The recording equipment that you use will have a big effect on the overall feel of the film. If you have a big budget, then you can purchase the newest and best equipment, however if your budget is small, then you will have to make do with things that are second-hand or borrowed. Studios or colleges may have such equipment, so ask around and you may get lucky.
The other area that you will want to pay attention to is lighting. You may be able to rent lighting equipment, such as light reflectors, from a local videographer. Sound equipment is also important, so try to get your hands on a good quality microphone. While you don’t want to sacrifice the quality of the picture, there are some areas in which you can save money. Not having huge dressing-room trailers and extravagant assistants will help out a lot with lowering costs and as long as everyone is prepared to slum it for a while, it will be well worth it when you see the finished product.
Remember that storing data is cheap, so don’t worry about taking a while to get things right. Practice makes perfect and if you have a good team around you, it will all come together in the end.