September 18, 2015 at 4:26PM, Edited September 18, 4:27PM


Starting a no budget/ small budget production.

G'day, I'm trying to get a script I've written into production, I'm wanting to use it for my portfolio works and so am wanting it to be pretty good not just a slap dash, which I'm sure we all want for our films. The problem I seem to be having is getting it off the ground and getting everyone together to help out, I do have a group of mates who will help me out no questions. And I have a fair idea of the two actors I want to use (ones a good mate, the other an acquaintance).
This is the first proper production out of school that I am embarking on so I am trying to sort out how to do the logistics of it all.
So any help on organizing a crew, asking actors, and planning the shoot day in general so i can get my project off the ground.


Out of what school?
Do you have experience in filmmaking?

September 23, 2015 at 2:40AM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

I'm still in high school, going off to film school next year. I've had a few projects in media studies making films, those were facilitated by the school and so I had access to their facilities and planning of when to shoot and how long we had.

Nathaniel Moody

September 24, 2015 at 10:49PM

I second Walter's questions. The answer will help people understand ur needs more.
You seem to have finished writing the script. Is it really ready? The script is of significant importance to the finished product. "story is king" is often said but most often underestimated.

moving on to preproduction, you would need to break the script down into shots (cameras) so you would know exactly what shots you need to cover every scene. You can do this yourself if u have camera experience, or find someone with experience as a dop. Just get the best option you can.

You would need to scout suitable locations for the shoot, preferably with ur dop and sound engineer so that each of u would check the locations against your needs.
You would need to hold out a casting session for ur actors. Be nice and respectful, even to actors u don't believe in. U just need to be respectful to everyone you come across. People will work better for you if you treat them well. Oh, and if ur friends suck as actors they are not a good choice. But if they are the only ones you have access to then so be it. Much better to make the film right now as good as u can than wait forever for the right moment to arrive.

Make sure you can cover meals for actors and crew on shooting days. Make meals as good as u can, or get friends to help out making sandwiches or whatever is possible.

plan the shooting day as much as possible, even though u will most definitely come across things which you didn't anticipate. That's a part of making films, accept it.

And best of luck mate

September 24, 2015 at 12:31PM, Edited September 24, 12:34PM

W Ali

Thanks for the help!

Nathaniel Moody

September 24, 2015 at 10:51PM

I do Micro-budget films like my first film Space Trucker Bruce Planning your shooting days is very important. I create a shot list and schedule and simple story boards. I also have an equipment list including props and costumes. Don't try and get your actor/crew friends to film for 12 hour days or several days in a row. They have jobs and lives. Also I get burnt out if I try to film for more than about 5 or 6 hours. As I do most everything myself, I'm going solid from two hours before the first shot until after the actors leave. I forget to eat or drink which makes things worse. It will take longer to finish but I prefer a casual schedule of filming a couple times a week for 4 hours each time. This also gives you a chance to review the footage and back it up between shooting days.

December 30, 2015 at 9:56AM

Anton Doiron

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