How many filmmakers does it take to change a lightbulb?
1 to change the lightbulb, and 99 to criticise about how they could have done it better if they had the funding.
For many, many years, I have watched sensational filmmaking talent go to waste. I’ve seen multi-award winning filmmakers struggle to do anything more than make a short film once a year. I’ve heard them speak with such passion about the feature films they want to make, but struggle to find a real opportunity to apply that passion and create the works they dream of. And I’ve watched them walk away from the Film Industry because, sadly, the landlord isn’t taking “hopes and dreams” as payment for rent.
I’ve seen educated, talented, passionate filmmakers who can’t get a real start, spinning their wheels in the mud, grid locked on the path to a sustainable career in this art-field. I’ve seen the Martin Scorseses, and Quentin Tarantinos of the next generation who just can’t get a goddamn break! It’s exhausting! It’s tiring! And for me, it’s bloody depressing to think of what incredible films we won’t ever get to see because they won’t ever get made.
Why can’t they get made? Why don’t filmmakers get the cameras rolling on their passion projects?
The excuses are always the same:
Well, I don’t think those excuses are good enough. I want to see the films, I want to work with the talent, I want to grow and help this industry. So I’m building Micro Budget Film School as a place to explore, collate, and share resources to help emerging filmmakers break through the barriers and get their films made.
There’s enough blogs and sites on the internet that talk about film. They will criticise popular blockbusters, analyse story structure in small indie films, even interview successful filmmakers on their press tours for the latest film…
But there’s no point studying the big blockbuster films when we will never be able to make them until we get started on cheaper, smaller scale films! Christopher Nolan’s first film cost $6000. Darren Aronofsky’s first cost $60,000. Kevin Smith’s first film cost $27,000.
Micro Budget Filmmaking trims the fat. It’s about making excellent quality films for budgets so small, you CAN afford them. It’s about making thrilling cinema that stands it’s ground in a forest of big-budget garbage, despite being made for a fraction of the price. It’s about making films that people are hungry for, films that people will talk about… but doing it without getting the hottest hollywood star.
After all: Filmmaking is an extraordinary art form. So why should it be only accessible by rich, wealthy, white, men in Hollywood? That’s garbage. I care about this industry too much to let it be owned by the 1%. I want voices of dissent back on the screen. I want minority groups to be able to share their stories with the same fervour and power as the rest.
But I know that money is, and always will be, the biggest hurdle. So that’s why I started Micro Budget Film School. Not to pat filmmakers on the back. Not to swill wine and discuss poor plot points in the latest Marvel film.
But to gather, share and create resources that can show filmmakers HOW TO DO IT, CHEAPLY.
Micro Budget Film School is dedicated to solving all the problems, from the creative to the logistical, from the financial to the managerial, to help you get your first feature film MADE and SOLD.
If you love film and you want to make film, whether you’ve been to a Film School or not, I encourage you to share what you find on this site, and contribute to the community of hungry filmmakers.
If you don’t want to make film, if you just enjoy watching– then maybe this isn’t for you. There are many other sites which will interview famous actors. But that’s useless to the start-up filmmaker. That’s what I’m going to do differently here.
First order of business is a soon-to-be-released 7-part PodCast series (already recorded), that interviews multiple successful micro-budget filmmakers and looks at how they solved these problems:
I want you to hear this. I want you to listen to what these filmmakers have to say. I want you to see how it CAN be done. So enter your email address below to join the mailing list, and you’ll be the first to know when the PodCast becomes available- and as a thank you, you’ll get access to the ‘Micro Budget Screenwriting Method’, a 12 page eBook that outlines a strategy for writing films that are guaranteed to be cheap to produce.
I’m sick of seeing great talent go to waste. We don’t need quitters. We need talent to grow stronger, and push forward, because I believe everyone has a good story that needs to reach an audience.