Filmmaker or Business Person? Common Misconception #1

Orson Welles, March 1, 1937

Orson Welles, March 1, 1937


If you are an independent filmmaker you probably see yourself primarily as a creative person. The major skills you focus on developing are around screenwriting and directing and you aren’t probably very interested in developing business and marketing skills.

 Big Mistake!

Orson Wells once famously said many years ago that filmmaking is 2% about making a movie and 98% about hustling. That is probably even more true today. [Read more…]

Your Film Needs A Dolly Shot

Dolly Shot

Dolly Shot - photo credit: Reinis Traidas

A Dolly Shot Can Make Your Film Look Pro

One of the biggest differences between your film and a big Hollywood production is the lack of a dolly shot. Most low-budget films use static tripod or shaky hand-held shots whereas most big-budget films include some real smooth dolly shots.

A Dolly Shot Alternative To The Wheelchair

You’ve probably heard people suggest renting a wheelchair as a cheap dolly alternative. But what about if you want to do a really smooth 360 degree shot around a central object or actors? [Read more…]

Audio Production Tips For Indie Films

Audio Production

Lucy Walsh at the Indie Film Festival, Image via Wikipedia

You’ve got a great script, eager actors and are ready to start production–don’t scrimp on your audio production efforts. Nothing makes an indie film seem more amateurish than bad sound.

In my last post I covered how to put together a very inexpensive audio production tool kit. Now I’ll go over some of the basics of how to use the tools. [Read more…]

Guerrilla Filmmaking Examples

Guerrilla Filmmaking Examples

photo credit: Sérgio Savaman Savarese

There are many guerrilla filmmaking examples that are well documented and are great sources for learning filmmaking.

Recent Guerrilla Filmmaking Examples

Among the best recent examples is Paranormal Activity which was produced for a budget of $15,000 and went on to gross $150 million. The first-time director, Oren Peli, used one video camera and shot the movie in his house. [Read more…]

Guerrilla Filmmaking 101

guerrilla filmmaking

photo credit: mononukleoza

Guerrilla filmmaking is defined as independent filmmaking on a very low budget using whatever you can find.

The risk of guerrilla filmmaking techniques is that you might do something that someone doesn’t like and they sue you for all you’re worth. But if your net-worth is zero, what do you have to lose?

Since many of the people reading this blog have budgets that will require guerrilla filmmaking I thought it would be fun to explore and share some of the techniques I’ve learned and get your feedback on what has worked for you. [Read more…]