Undergraduate at Harvard class of 2016, majoring Neurobiology. Currently Directing and Executive producing a webseries called Absent. Aspiring to direct films and/or develop TV series!
I agree that the title is a bit misleading (high end equipment and post production services for free?), but I want to make a not about 'not having connections'.
I just made 2 short films for combined total under $2000. Biggest things I spent money on were food and post-production (one is a fantasy film that requires some very basic vfx). I was able to pull this off because of an amazing cast, crew, and composer that donated their time and resources for free, including my DP who owned his own camera, lenses and lighting equipment. But I have NO "industry connections" I literally just graduated from college. I found all of these people online through various local filmmaker websites and Facebook groups. I had never met 90% of these people in person before asking them to come onto my projects. Just sharing this so that people don't be afraid to reach out and meet new people, even if you have never worked with them before! Of course it can be risky to meet online, so I do recommend grabbing a coffee first or something.
Also of note I live in MA which has eager filmmakers with not so many opportunities to make cool projects. Not sure if my advice applies in places like NYC and LA.
(P.S. check www.jumaiyusuf.com for info on these 2 films if you're interested.)
Thanks for the info Oren! (For some reason I only noticed your reply now). This camera has inspired a lot of research into Infrared with my friends and I, and i'd love to get my hands on it to test it out. Also wouldn't mind asking you more questions seeing if my theories hold up!
Shout to Boston/New England!
Great tips, especially this "Radical Openness". In a similar vein- As a director I've taken this Anne Bogart philosophy of 'Hold on tightly, Let go loosely' to heart!
Now I wonder how people with darker skin tones would look? Ie will a black person look white? That would blow my mind O.O