As you may know, we have been making ultra low budget feature films for a very long time (first film produced in 1983), and we get many emails from young filmmakers asking how we’ve been able to produce films for 35 years without going broke in the process. Well, the trick has always been to not spend a lot of money on production. Whether it be production itself, or post production, a filmmaker must always keep in mind that they will not be able to compete with Hollywood – where even a low budget film (by their standards) could feed and house several families for a lifetime. So, get the multi-million dollar budget dreams out of your head and think realistically.
Now, if you wish to go completely independent and shoot your film for a few hundred thousand dollars, you’re still taking a big risk, since the odds of you making even that investment back are very slim. Even if you’re fortunate enough to get your film on one of the streaming sites: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc; the return is not that great (literally pennies per minute viewed) unless your film really generates serious heat, and that’s pretty unlikely.
So what’s a creative type like you to do? You want to express yourself cinematically, but don’t wish to blow five years rent or become indebted to your rich uncle with mafia ties to do it. With today’s technology – practically every home computer now comes with some kind of editing software, and even Iphones come with superior cameras built into them – there is no excuse why you can’t shoot your own film. However, there’s a certain psychological mindset that goes into making a film, and that is not quite so black and white. To understand that mindset, one needs to consult with people who have done it before and understand how it works. How do you get people to put in their time, day after day, to see your film through to completion? How do you keep actors and crew members from flaking out on you? I’ve had actors flake out on me over the years, but it’s happened less and less as I have honed in my opening speech when they come aboard. This is not necessarily something you can learn in a film school or by taking a crash film course.
Well, we’ve decided to offer a consultation service to help you get your project going. We’re offering 1/2 hour phone consultations for $50. How does it work? Simple: You contact us by clicking below to set up a day and time for the phone conversation to happen. You pay via Paypal as late as the day before the call, and we chat. It’s just that easy. You can ask any questions and they will be answered to the best of my ability. Also, there’s a bonus to this call: So you don’t walk away empty handed, you will also get an Autographed DVD of your choice of any of our available films.