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Passionate People Make Indie Films

Has the idea of being an indie filmmaker ever appealed to you? Independent films are often referred to as indie films. These films are not produced in a major film studio. Instead of money, Indie filmmakers have to rely on their skills, creativity, and problem-solving abilities. There are a few steps you can take to become an indie filmmaker.

A good crew is the foundation of any indie film. To save money you can get free labor by hiring students. Students will be thankful to have an opportunity to build on their filmmaking experience. Also students have a lot to offer in the ways of new ideas and understanding new technologies you might not be aware of. Be sure to avoid lawsuits by making sure your students are actually in school. Just require your filmmakers on your crew to provide you with proof that they are in a school program.

Your crew should be emotionally invested in making the film happen. As a team you should have a brainstorming session. In the first stages of creating the indie film you and your team may have to meet several times just to talk. During these meetings you can discuss different ideas for the film.

Once the team agrees on a movie to create all of the details can begin getting worked out. The screenplay is one of the first things that need to be broken down. Having a screenplay dismantled allows you to identify if it is affordable. Certain projects are going to be way out of your budget.

Do you know where you will get the money to make your indie film? Going online for funding can be a great resource. There’s an online website where you can request funding for your movie. Consider making a preview for your movie. The preview can be created even before the film is made. The preview should highlight your filmmaking skills and be attention-grabbing. When you keep the previous short it’s more likely to get shared online and watched by other people.

You will need a schedule that both you and your crew members can agree with. Successful short filmmakers understand the importance of organization. There will be curve balls thrown at you during filming. When you have explicit planning it’ll be easier to keep your priorities aligned.

You will also need meticulous planning with your budget. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up making unnecessary purchases. Hold yourself accountable and stick with your budget. Now with that being said there are exceptions. Almost every film finds a need to go over budget. Just make sure you are controlling the areas where you do not have to go over budget so when you need to you’re able to.

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