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 not produced in a major film studio. Instead of money, Indie filmmakers have to rely on their skills, creativity, and problem-solving abilities. Here are a few considerations when exploring the world of indie filmmaking.
A good crew is the foundation of any indie film. To save money you can get free labor by hiring students. The film students will be grateful for the chance to build on their film reel. Also students tend to be new to the filmmaking scene and therefore are not burnt out. It’s important that all of your interns who are unpaid are actually attending school. Just ask your crew members to provide proof of attending a school.
It’s essential to have a team who is invested emotionally and cares about your project. With a strong team in place you can begin 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. During these meetings you can discuss different ideas for the film.
Once the team agrees on a movie to create all of the details can begin getting worked out. The screenplay is one of the first things that need to be broken down. Breaking down the screenplay will allow you to see if it fits within your budget. Oftentimes you will find out an inspiring movie idea is too far out of your budget.
Of course next you’re going to need a budget to make your 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. You can make a preview before making the film. The preview should highlight your filmmaking skills and be attention-grabbing. 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. Unexpected challenges are sure to rise while you’re making your film. When you have explicit planning it’ll be easier to keep your priorities aligned.
You will also need meticulous planning with your budget. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up making unnecessary purchases. Instead, have a budget and stick to it. 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 make sure you are controlling the areas where you do not have to go over budget so when you need to you’re able to.