Oct 02

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Movie Money



For those interested in micro-budget film making, a lot of things have to fall into place. Getting a camera to capture your ideas; getting people to get in front and behind the camera; and showing people your completed project, hoping that they understand what you’re trying to show them. These are just a few of the things that can get in the way of a successful film project.


The particular hurdle I want to address today is money. Most people who want to make movies aren’t film makers by trade. They don’t have sponsors or investors. They might only have a cheap camera and a couple of willing friends, but what they lack in funds and equipment they make up for with ingenuity, creativity, and passion. Unfortunately movies can’t be made on dreams and willpower alone. Even the simplest ideas require some amount of funding. Most of the time you’ll remember to buy tapes/film for the camera and you’ll have the equipment to edit and upload your final product, but there always seems to be additional costs when filming. Other things that can come up can range from needing a $5 shirt from a thrift store to needing to buy a new camera lens or even worse a new camera.


Saving money can be difficult for a lot of people. In most cases making movies is a hobby that people just can’t afford to keep a priority. You might only be able to throw in a few dollars each week towards your goals. This can be extremely discouraging. There are a few simple things to start saving money. The first and most obvious is the old coffee can full of change. Saving your coins could amount to $10-$20 per month if you use cash a lot. Secondly once per pay period take whatever cash you may have in your wallet and throw it is the can with your change. Doing this on payday allows you to save some money while not breaking your budget. Additionally, working with a team of people helps tremendously. As long as everyone can have their input on the project they are more willing to help fund it. Spending $100 on a new lens is a lot easier when you only have to provide $25 of it. If several people are throwing in their change as well as a few bills in to your teams coffee can, a couple of months can provide a couple hundred dollars.


Making movies is a lot of fun, but it can be a lot of hard work. It might seem like a waste of time and money some times, but once the final product is out and people start watching your hard work, the feeling of accomplishment is worth every dollar and hour spent.


Jarrod Kershaw

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