Thursday, July 17, 2003
More Bang for Your Buck: Making A Movie On A Budget
So you want to make a movie but you don't have the money. Well, don't let Hollywood's high price tag get in the way. We found you can make your own blockbuster without breaking the bank.
(WSVN) -- Bad Boys Two,
Just a few super summer smashes with big budgets.
Dr. Paul Lazarus of the Univerisity of Miami Motion Picture Program says, "You can make movies for considerably more and happily considerably less."
That's what filmaker Jonathan Wyche is trying to do.
He's the winner of a production fund award given by Miami's Independent Feature Project to the area's top screen writer.
But with only $150 - thousand dollars to spend, making his vision a reality is going to be tricky.
"I think you have to have a game plan."
Producer/Director, Jonathan Wyche says, "You figure out what resources you can drawn within the community, what local vendors will help you."
Production companies likeCineworks, Cinevideotech and film giant Kodak are just a few companies willing to offer independent film makers cost cutting help.
Wyche says, "Say look, I have X amount of money to make this film. The film is about this and I'm in need for someone who in return for exposure in the film and the credits a possible donation."
Next, you need to find a passionate cast and crew who are willing to work for their name in the credits.
Lazarus says, "Everyone wants free help the students will do it for the experience whether it be an internship or just the experience of working on a set."
Where will that set be located?
Here in South Florida, you can consult the Miami-Dade or Broward Film Commission.
Wyche says, "They will save you so much time. They go out and they're familiar with what buildings are up and what buildings are down. Who's cooperative and who's not."
Then when you go out to shoot, forget using film.
The cost-effective way is digital video.
It can run as low as 25 thousand dollars.
Lazarus says, "You can move the process along much more quickly much more efficiently."
Much more efficiently, because when it comes to shooting and editing you can immediatly see your results.
Lazarus adds, "To be able to look at the take on video, will at least give you an idea of what you have."
Wyche says, "What you can do at home today. You couldn't have done 8 years ago."
Once you manage to make your film, the next step is to enter it into contests and festivals.
The more people who see it, the more exposure you get.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Planet Ibsen Productions
Dr. Paul Lazarus, III
Director of Motion Picture Program
University of Miami
Independent Feature Project/Miami
Cineworks Digital Studios, Inc.
6550 North East 4th Court
Miami, FL 33138
Toll Free: 1.877.339.1237
Cine Video Tech
7330 N. E. 4th Court
Miami Fl 33138
Phone (305) 754-2611 - Fax (305) 759-2463
Mike Brown - Film Stock
Miami-Dade Film Commission