In most film schools and film production colleges the art of filmmaking is taught with the idea in mind that you will have a big studio budget to back your film.
Unfortunately, most people graduate and find that the big studios have no interest in their films and so they are forced to learn things about how to make a movie that they were never taught in film schools. They find that most independent films are created with a shoestring budget, and they are not connected to any major film studios.
If you really want to know how to make a film with a low budget then you need to educate yourself on the process of low budget filmmaking. The best way to do this is to learn from those who have been there, done that.
You will learn more from independent filmmakers then you will in any film production classes. By Indy filmmakers I mean those who work outside the mainstream of the Hollywood film industry. The kind that have passion, creativity, and a relentless drive to get their movies made with miniscule resources. The kind that will do whatever it takes to get their films made.
If you are looking to learn how to make a movie for film festivals like Sundance, Cannes, Santa Barbara, Toronto, Seattle or The Telluride Film Festival then you need to read further.
If there is anyone who can identify with a person like you, it is me. You want to make an independent film but you don’t have a lot of money. You cannot afford to go to one of the expensive film schools, so you self-educate yourself by purchasing a film production book or two on the internet instead.
If only you had been born the child of well-connected…
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