January 26, 2016 at 4:40PM


How could a young filmmaker with no resources set up casting calls, hire crew, etc.

How could a young filmmaker (13 or so) with no resources set up casting calls, hire crew, etc.


I think there's a few different ways you go about this...
-See if your town/city has a film commission. They would have the contacts within your area of who is available to help/locations/etc. They might even be able to give you some pointers and help themselves.
-Send a press release to your local newspaper(s). You can include all the information about what you want to do, dates, what you're looking for, etc. You can find the newspapers contact list on their site. When they list it, it should be available on both their print and online papers. You might even get a story out of it!
-If your town/city high school has classes in media/film, ask if you could join them for a project or if the students there are willing to help you.
-If you live by a college and they have a media department, ask if maybe some students there would be willing to help out on your project.

If all else fails, you can at least start making movies by using your friends, just to start to get the feel for it. It's never good advice to say "use your friends" but if you've never made anything before, try one video with them and see what you liked about it and what didn't work, so you don't repeat the mistake next time. Everytime you make a movie it's a learning experience, no matter if it's your first movie or your 100th. Good luck!

January 27, 2016 at 5:04PM

Brittany Nisco

Use craigslist gig section, read Robert Rodrequez book "Rebel without a crew" write your script with limited actors, learn to work alone, use natural light, act in your own film, what ever you do, pay people for travel expenses and feed them good, even a store bought pizza can be jazzed up with garlic, extra cheese, olives and use swag to for your project to make them feel special.

January 28, 2016 at 9:13PM


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