#1 Short Film on a Shoe String: Introduction

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As per usual this blog is based on my own experience, so I can only tell you what I’ve learned to date, and the information may well be updated in a later blog. If you have read some of my other blog, you will know that I’ve had very little formal education and I nearly always, just do what I want to do. However I always do my research first and learn from my mistakes along the way, but I’m sure that you can avoid these mistakes and learn from what I do right.

This is a fact! you will need money to start filming your movie, and you must keep track of what you are buying or what you pay for wages, because if you do manage to make a profit on your project these can be deducted as legitimate expenditure for the movie.

I work with my best mate and my right hand man, his name is Darren, you will never see him anywhere he hides if a photo is taken, but he is a fantastic technician and has some kind of degree in computer software technology.

I’ve had some experience in musical theatre, and music videos, Darren does all the post editing, and camera operation, although we now have enrolled a student who is very good at cinematography. We also have a reasonable sized green screen facility, 2 digital cameras, microphones with the poles for the grips.

So far we have spent £1750 or USD $2300 The cameras were the most expensive and I purchased the 2 cameras second hand. The figure is what I’ve spent until now, so you will need to have rich relatives or a sponsor.

Here’s a quote from a quick Google search.

The most typical budget for a short film in is $0 dollars. Everyday hundreds of thousands of short films are uploaded to Youtube produced for no money. In film-school it is common for students of films to have budgets from $1,000 to $10,000 USD.

As I walk you through this journey with me, I’ll take the opportunity to let you know how much I’ve spent if anything along the way.

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