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Date Posted: Mon March 16, 2009 22:23:10
Author: Erick
Subject: Well. . .
In reply to: Comicality 's message, "Now there's another concern to think about...." on Mon March 16, 2009 18:54:06

I believe it can be done with a very small budget (even then it'll cost some money) and basic equipment.

A very good friend of mine went to film school here in L.A., and he can shoot a 'tv show' quality film with the small amount of equipment he owns. The only problem is that film is expensive (unless you take the digital route) and the school provided for that and a lot of other stuff (lights, boom poles).

As for actors, well I learned at college (in theatre class) that up and coming directors that don't usually have a lot of executive producers behind their backs to give them money will do this: they go to any kind of school that has a theatre department (middle, high, or college schools) and they seek out the talent there and offer them the chance to get 'experience' through voluntary work. I was actually offered this once in theatre class. A small budget film wanted me for a part in this volcano film, but they said they couldn't offer me money, only experience (which is kinda valuable in the industry).

Really, it boils down to two things for funding: 1) You pitch the plot to an executive producer that will give you LOTS of $$ (in exchange for some story sacrifices depending on how the producer feels about certain aspects of the story that may or may not sell, which sucks). It'd be a miracle to find an exec that would give you money and complete freedom to let you film how you want it. But hey, you NEVER know! Or 2) You use whatever resources you have and try to squeeze out a good movie with what I feel would still cost over a thousand bucks, er, to 'start' things up.

Otherwise! What I'm doing is I'm running the lottery every week. . . and hopefully I hit the jackpot! THEN we can have a HUGE BUDGET film with all the frills!

Hmm, I'll shut up now! Kinda went waaay 'out there' with this idea! Hehehe! But, you never know!

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  • Hmm, heh, I only responded to the budget and actor part. . . -- Erick, Mon March 16, 2009 22:34:40

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