Getting Down To Basics with Films

Passionate People Make Indie Films

Did you ever wonder what it’s like to live the life of an indie filmmaker? Independent films are often referred to as indie films. These films are created outside of a major Film Studio. Instead indie filmmakers have to use a lot of creativity to bring their ideas to life. There are a few steps that can highlight what it is like to be an indie filmmaker.

The crew is the first start of an indie film. Consider using students for your film so you don’t have to pay employees. Students will be thankful to have an opportunity to build on their filmmaking experience. Also students tend to be new to the filmmaking scene and therefore are not burnt out. It’s important that the unpaid interns are currently attending school at the time of your film. Just ask your crew members to provide proof of attending a school.

You will want to team that is passionate about filmmaking and has the same goals as you. Your team can work together to create the movie idea. You might need to have more than one brainstorming session with your team to create the idea for your indie film. These meeting should be an open forum for all crew members to give ideas.

Once you and your team have chosen what movie to make you can begin to hammer out the details. The screenplay is one of the first things that need to be broken down. Having a screenplay dismantled allows you to identify if it is affordable. Most of the time you will have to reconsider the movie idea to make sure it can fit into your budget.

Speaking of budgets, where will you get your budget to make your indie film? There are a lot of great online resources. There are different websites and companies you can use for free to request online funding from your friends and family members. You can make a preview to get funding for your movie. The preview can be created even before the film is made. The preview will be a great moment to showcase your filmmaking skills and grab the audience’s attention. The shorter the preview the more likely the viewer is to remember it.

When beginning the filming process make sure you and your crew agree to a schedule. Successful Indie filmmakers have meticulous organization. In the world of filmmaking surprises will be thrown your way every day. When you have explicit planning it’ll be easier to keep your priorities aligned.

You also need to have a strict budget. Impulse purchases will cripple your film and are not a good idea. Instead honor your budget. Now with that being said there are exceptions. Almost every film will have an unexpected need arise that causes them to go over budget. Just control the things you can budget so when the things you can’t control come into play you’re able to pay for them.

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