A P10,000 BUDGET SHORT FILM
We didn’t cheat by casting family members in it
With so many good indie films coming out recently, we’re sure that the bold idea of making your own film has crossed your mind. You get all hyped at the idea of finally getting that kickass plot that’s been playing inside your head into something real you can show to other people only to have it immediately denied by your pessimistic logic and the financial reality that you don’t have the funds to make it happen.
We’re here to prove to you that your big screen dreams (or in this case, online virality) aren’t impossible if you know how to budget wisely, think outside the box, and have the
kapal ng mukha to ask help from your exceedingly more talented friends. So get off your ass and become the best damn producer ever.
1 SCOPE AND LIMITATION
A great script is the backbone of almost all memorable films, and it actually even plays a bigger role when it comes to budget filmmaking. The plot of the film will dictate most of how your budget will be allocated for the entire production so you better not have any exploding Benz’s or buildings in your storyline. Think small and artsy. You’d be surprised at the tension a single shot in an enclosed room can have with proper lighting, music, and dialogue (or the lack thereof). Budget loss: P1,000 for miscellaneous props, P9,000 left
One of the best ways to cut cost is to lessen the characters needed for the film and if you have to have extras, get your friends to do it so you don’t have to pay for their talent fees. Also, have your characters in a situation where you wouldn’t have to use extravagant props and outfits, heck if you can get your characters naked, you’re sure to get a lot more views! Budget loss: Two people, P1,000 each, with free lunches, P7,000 left
3 TIME AND PLACE
Dealing with logistics has always been a pain in the ass and reserving a private place for a shoot will be way above your price range unless you get a miracle x-deal. it’s better to go guerilla shooting outdoors and public places or call in some favors with your rich kid friends with nice houses/offices you can squeeze in some shooting time. But before anything, always check if you have to ask the local government for a permit if you want to shoot there. Weird but that’s how some places roll so you better be safe just in case. unless you want your production day cut short by the local popo. Budget loss: p0.00, p7,000 left
TIP #1 HAVE YOUR FILM SCREENED By LEGIT FILM HOUSES LIKE CANNES SHORT FILM CIRCLE TO GET YOUR FILM’S CRED UP. TIP #2 MAKE A FACEBOOK PAGE FOR YOUR FILM WHERE YOU POST SHAREABLE SCREENCAPS FROM YOUR FILM TO HYPE IT UP EVEN BEFORE IT RELEASES.
3 THE TEAM
the key to cost cutting is to have a lot of kind, talented friends you can bola your way into doing things pro bono. Be prepared to fill any vacant positions you think you can take on. Spend your budget on the things you have absolutely no access to talentwise to secure the quality of your film. remember, there are no small jobs, only small talent fees. Budget loss: 5000.00 php, 2000.00 php left TIP #3 INVITE MEDIA PEOPLE TO WATCH PRE-SCREENINGS OF YOUR FILM FOR FREE SO THEY CAN REVIEW AND TALK ABOUT IT IN THEIR PUBLICATIONS AND BLOGS! Probably, the most neglected parts of a film are the music and sound effects used. You can’t really blame people for not noticing though, because when a film has really good sound it flows naturally with the film as you watch. There are a lot of free to use sound clips on Soundcloud and Youtube by awesome artists you could use in your film. Also, if your film makes use of a lot of dialogue, having the actors re-dub the film in a controlled environment like a studio can do wonders for the voice clarity of the final product to make your film’s sound to feel extra crisp and legit. Budget loss: P2000, no budget left
DIRECTOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER WRITER HEAD Of LOGISTICS CASTING DIRECTOR ACTING COACH coffee ERRAND BOY
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