|Guide for Making Digital Films||A Relatively Safe Explosion Special Effect Technique||How to Shoot Someone without Dangerous Squibs.||Equipment guide for low budget digital movies|
|No lowest budget guide is complete without a link to the lowest cost eBook on how to make a low-budget digital movie. You'll learn things that will save you money with this book.|
|The Under $1500 Budget MOVIE
$908 TO $1792
|This assumes you have a
Macintosh or PC. I highly recommend the Mac. I have both
and the PC crashes so often it would drive me crazy after editing for
hours to lose everything. (SAVE OFTEN: I always forget to
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Another options is the Panasonic Pro AG-DVC7 MiniDV Proline Camcorder w/15x Optical Zoom. This has even better optics but only one CCD. The price is also $999. This camcorder does have a more professional look.
You might even be able to get by with the Panasonic PV-GS320 3.1MP 3CCD MiniDV camera. at only $499. Since this is a 3CCD camera with a 10x zoom your only problem may be picking up sound for which you'll need an additional mic.
If you doubt that you can make an impressive film with a camera as inexpensive as a Canon Elura 65 check out this submission to thelot.com called Crossing.
|As mentioned earlier I have found these JVC
tapes to be the best so I highly recommend them.
|Shoot Outdoors or adjust for indoor
lighting to avoid having to play for lights. A big piece of what
cardboard can be used as a reflector.
Do read up on lighting. Borrow from the library if you have to.
|You can shoot an entire film without ever
moving the camera. You set the camera up and leave it
alone. If you plan to do it this way you can
put you camera on boxes--or super cheap tripods.
(Shooting an entire movie hand-held would make most audiences ill, and insure you never get your movie looked at by a major stuido. )
That said, the Manfrotto is the cheapest, yet best fluid head tripod system you can buy for under $200. Buy it. You won't regret it. This is what I use. And the pans are smooth and beautiful.
||Get a good microphone. The sun can
provide good light but nothing will replace good sound.
The Audio-Technica Mic will work outdoors, and indoors for documentary and feature films and do a professional job. I have one and love it and use it now for making my instructional videos.
For indoor fiction shoots I recommend this Sennheiser. We had trouble shooting indoors in a narrow living room with the Audio-Technica as it was picking up echos off the wall. The Sennheiser saved the day and eliminated the echos. This is a fantastic mircophone.
(An alternative would have been to pad the walls and use the Audio-Technica.)
|You can always borrow books from the
library but the six books on this page are a must read and I recommend
Read this before you make your movie because without an audience.....
|An Amazing Book That will teach you almost
everything you need to know about shots.
|If you can only read one book read this
one. A wonderful, wonderful inspiring read.
|Sound is as important as light So read this
NOTE: I'm recommending books with specific info. The books that cover everything usually are outdated as far as camera's etc. by the time they get on the shelves.
|I taught creative writing for years.
I have an MFA from the University of Montana's Creative Writing
Program. I used Lew's book to teach fiction writing and
screenwriting because it is a great book.
Please don't confuse not liking a writer's fiction with his teaching. Even if you hate Lew's screenplays, what he says about writing them is the best advice I've ever read.
|NOT INCLUDED IN THE SIX MUST READS
And if you still don't believe me, read the late John Gardner's ON BECOMING A NOVELIST and realize that the late John Gardner would have hated almost everyone else's work.
This isn't about movies but what Gardner says about storytelling is worth reading.
|MAXIMUM COST INCLUDING
EVERYTHING AT THE HIGHEST PRICE
|If you get your actors to
volunteer and already have a computer with some movie editing software,
you can make a movie for these prices.
||LOWEST PRICE WITH BOOKS CHECKED
OUT OF LIBRARY AND EVERYTHING AT LOWEST COST
AND AUDIO-TECHNICA MIC