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2 Young and 2 Ugly.com - An Interview with Chris Kerr

2 Young and 2 Ugly.com – An Interview with Chris Kerr

Chris Kerr:  A Glimpse of the Filmmaker It has been quite some time before we were able to write anything but we at CheapFilmmaking.com is back for the year 2014 to give you tips, articles, and news on how to make a quality yet inexpensive film.
Getting into Character

Getting into Character

The Art of Getting into Character We all know how very good Johnny Depp is when it comes to getting into character. He really loses himself into the role and the audience ends up being unable to associate that character with anyone else? Imagine, despite the number of actors who...
Tips for the Budding Filmmaker

Tips for the Budding Filmmaker

Hearing the names James Cameron, Michael Bay, and Steven Spielberg would probably send a budding film maker gushing about the works of these directors. Most if not all budding film makers are probably dreaming to reach this status someday. They are indeed iconic film personalities but once in their lives...
How to find influence as a filmmaker

How to find influence as a filmmaker

In this article, we’re going to explore how to find influence as a filmmaker and to get the name out there of what you do in the industry. It’s interesting to see filmmakers try for the sake of ‘originality’ to not be influenced by famous or popular films they’ve seen....
Fuss Budget

Fuss Budget

In a previous post we talked about planning for your production.  One of the obvious requirements for any production is to establish a working fuss budget, secure money and then stick to your budgeted costs.  Failing to budget properly is one of the greatest mistakes of low-budget productions.  In particular...
The Seven Step Film Directing Formula

The Seven Step Film Directing Formula

The following article summarizes the seven step directing formula presented by assistant director Peter D Marshall in his quest to ‘visually tell a compelling story with believable characters’. As a man who has worked with countless directors in a variety of genres, he’s mainly concerned with the creation and planning...
Inexpensive Film Wardrobe – Saving Money Without Skimping On Looks

Inexpensive Film Wardrobe – Saving Money Without Skimping On Looks

This beginners’ level article is of fair to middling use.  It covers the obvious ways to get cheap clothing for a film wardrobe, namely GoodWill/thrift, yard/garage sales, purchase returns and donations.  (It mentions the ‘donations’ method mainly as a function of getting clothing from ‘old people’.  Don’t know what that’s...
How To Win Festival Gold On A Shoestring

How To Win Festival Gold On A Shoestring

Here are ten useful bullet points for putting together a good low-budget film.  The suggestions are pretty much boiler plate, but they’re on-point.  If you’re already in the business, maybe it’s a good refresher; if not it might be as good a place as any to start. Winning Film Festivals...
Up In The Air - Achieving Inexpensive Aerial Shots In Your Film

Up In The Air – Achieving Inexpensive Aerial Shots In Your Film

A great perspective that adds huge production value to a film is an aerial or extremely high angle shot.  Actual in-flight photography has a high price tag.  Occasionally, however, you may get free or discount access to an aircraft.  If your story benefits from it, take advantage of the opportunity...
Random Tips From A Pro Cameraman

Random Tips From A Pro Cameraman

This is a great link to a column by a veteran DP.  It’s very particular in its fine detailing of the ‘way’ to be a good camera operator and director of photography.  The article stays away from being too wonky.  It’s mostly about camera moves, tripod preferences and image framing. ...
Written In Stone – Saving Money While Writing Your Screenplay

Written In Stone – Saving Money While Writing Your Screenplay

“Doesn’t anybody else respect the writing?” Steve Martin says that line to comic effect in the 1991 film Grand Canyon.  He’s a director of mindless low-budget splatter films. He’s talking about putting a gruesome special effect back into the film, so the line is laced with irony for that situation. ...
Food Fight - Feeding Your Talent And Crew Without Spending A Fortune

Food Fight – Feeding Your Talent And Crew Without Spending A Fortune

Feeding The Crew.  I come to this subject with a ton of bias.  I have little tolerance for people who quibble over providing meals for their cast and crew.  I’m still amazed when I come across anyone who’s had a hint of production experience who will argue about the matter. ...
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Another Golden Age Of Porn?

Another Golden Age Of Porn?

With upcoming films like Nymphomaniac Part 1 and the anticipated movie adaptation of the erotic novel 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James; is the film industry gearing towards another Golden Age of Porn?
Formatting and Writing a Screenplay (Part 1)

Formatting and Writing a Screenplay (Part 1)

In this article, we get back to basics by concentrating on the screenplay, which is also known as the script, and this important as it is the blue print of how a film or television program should play out. It is a document that instructs what actions are to be done, how actors should act,...
The Influence of Anime

The Influence of Anime

Anime Influence In a previous post we talked about the influence and style of animation. One type of animation we intentionally left out, however, was that of anime. Anime is a genre so varied and vast it deserves a mention unto itself. Once widely seen as the crude imitator of the west, anime with its...
Animated Films: Inspiration for Filmmakers

Animated Films: Inspiration for Filmmakers

The Magic of Animated Films Animated films delight audiences and inspire filmmakers, because they show us worlds we can only imagine. More than that, they show us things we sometimes never knew could be imagined. Not only does the physically impossible become commonplace; the imaginatively demanding becomes accessible. Animated films show camera angles, textures and...
Documentary Screenplay

Documentary Screenplay

The Documentary Screenplay Alfred Hitchcock once said “In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director” and this quotes sums it all but like feature films documentaries still need a script.   You don’t want to grab your camera and go start shooting while the possibilities are endless. You have to...
Formatting a Screenplay

Formatting a Screenplay

Formatting a Screenplay In the previous post I talked about the concept of writing a screenplay but not the actual action which is literally “writing a screenplay”. There are many software packages like CELTEX or even more advanced ones like “Final Draft” that can help you format your screenplay but you have to know some basics...

Let’s write a screenplay about the character Nadia

Do you want to be a filmmaker? Then be a filmmaker. To make a film, you need to have a screenplay. To have a screenplay, you have to have a story to tell and it is as simple as this.  The simpler, the better Filmmaking is a complicated process itself. You will have to go...

Movies that inspire you to get into film

Continuing in our series about movies that inspire you to get into film, we turn our attention to the sci-fi cerebral drama. Different from the space fantasies like Star Wars, Star Trek or Avatar, these films are more mind-engaging. They take you to their brave new worlds not simply for the thrill of the ride...

Go Pro Third Dimension

The GoPro Cineform Studio is a free standalone application designed to process and manipulate footage from the GoPro HD Hero3 cameras. The camera retails at a starting price of one hundred ninety-nine dollars ($199 – top of the line model = $399). GoPro Cineform Studio imports the 3D footage shot by the cameras and converts...
Climate Change

Climate Change

Thomas Fuller once said “Change of weather is the discourse of fools.” With all due respect to the seventeenth century author there is an instance when not discussing the weather is equally foolish; that is in the planning of your production. Whether it’s regarding interiors or exteriors nothing affects a low budget film quite as...

Walk into the light – Part 2

  Establishing pattern and creating mood with light is a necessary part of any film production.  We talk about shadow as a vital component, but let’s concentrate once more on the specifics of where and how the shadow is created.  In Part One we talked a little about light placement. Whether the shadow results from...

Walk into the Light – Part 1

Lighting determines a great deal of what makes a film successful.  Apart from story and acting, it may be the most important element of all.  If you doubt it, just check out some of the behind the scenes DVD extras of your favorite movies.  See how sets look with all the work lights on, or...
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