May 16, 2015 at 8:33PM


How much would this cost ?

How much would it cost to make a teen romantic comedy like the fault in our stars and paper towns. How much would it cost for an independent film to create a movie that looks like this ?


really depends on what you mean. you could do it for free essentially if you are just talking about locations.

what are your needs? if you need a camera/mics/lights/everything then it could cost a considerable amount.

if you have that stuff, and you can get everyone to work for free, and you run-and-gun it, then you could film for free.
so it depends.
you could film in parks, and places like that for free generally (especially neighborhood parks) but some might require permits.
filming in doors would be free if you film at friends houses/your house.
but you need a good lighting setup/daylight coming through the windows.

May 17, 2015 at 8:14AM

Connor Norvell
Cinematographer, Writer, Director

what kind of equipment would I need, and how much would it cost, money is not a problem, what would be required to produce a movie like the fault in our stars and paper towns. Details, please, locations, permit, budget, everything?


May 17, 2015 at 9:28AM

Are you making a film? or funding one? just out of curiosity.
also do you mean a full 90-120 minute feature, or a short film? it really depends.
the fault in our stars budget was (estimated) $12,000,000

if you want to do it run and gun style, you could go for the C100 or a similar camera
($5500) plus a good lens (sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 is $800)
then factor in $2000 for lighting, $50/month for an adobe membership to edit it.
$500-$1000 for a good tripod. a glidecam hd4000 is $590 which will let you get those steady shots.
or you could go for a black magic camera (1k-6k i believe) with cinema lenses (multiple thousand a piece)
with full film lights (multiple thousands of dollars)
you could buy a movi (or rent a movi) buying one is $5k-$10k

or you could film on a RED Epic/Arri Camera/Sony F55
it all depends on the quality you are after.

permits (for locations) depend on the location, could be free, could be $5000 so you would need to check that out before hand and budget it.
paying actors/crew members is either going to be nothing, or multiple thousands.

if you are going to make a feature length film, plan on it being hundreds of thousands, to possibly millions (again fault in out stars budget was $12,000,000)

you could easily film for $500 if you already have gear. if not the cheapest you could film is maybe $6000, but probably more like $10,000.
you could rent gear.

let me know what you are trying to do exactly and maybe i could help a bit more

May 17, 2015 at 4:30PM

Connor Norvell
Cinematographer, Writer, Director

You need to sit down and take stock of what you can do for free with the assets and skills available to you; Money is used to fill in the gaps.

May 17, 2015 at 5:33PM


You might want to take a look at this cost breakdown on a £1 Million Indie film, to get some idea of where the money goes...

The Full Costs and Earned Income of a £1 Million Indie Film

May 18, 2015 at 8:30AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

As others have touched on, this sort of film lends itself to easily acquired locations. I tend to find myself spending substantial money on things like set dressing, props, and craft services (food) even if the crew is working for free, however. And of course if you want it to really look like the movies you've cited, you'll need a cinematographer with fairly professional skills. That can be hard to come by for free, though there are plenty of younger people out there looking to shoot a feature for the experience and resume who are capable of making a movie look nice.

May 18, 2015 at 12:33PM

Philip Heinrich
Director, Producer

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