Filmmaking is a very expensive proposition; everything from production itself right down to the nitty-gritty of editing can rack up costs and make you stretch your budget in practically unimaginable ways.
While there is no formula for making budget-free films, there are ways independent videographers and filmmakers to come up with magnum opuses without having to spend their entire life’s fortune.
Thankfully, digital technology makes it possible to shoot films and edited with relatively smaller budgets. Listed below are valuable resources you can make use of to stretch your budget without compromising the quality of your film.
The right music at the right time can bring life and vibrancy to otherwise dreary scenes. Unfortunately, adding music can be one of the more expensive aspects of post-production. Music is not free, and neither does it come cheap. While some production outfits choose to hire musicians and songwriters to furnish their films with the right score, others simply use existing music and pay for the publishing rights.
There is, however, a third—and more cost effective—option is to use royalty-free music. Why pay when you can use free music?
One aspect of filmmaking that tends to rack up the production costs in shooting on location. It takes a lot of research to find the perfect setting as well as ocular inspections—not to mention getting to the site on the day of filming itself, and it costs money. According to MotionElements.com, motion backgrounds are a cheaper alternative, thanks to the wonders of digital technology.
Another costly factor is marketing the film itself. Again, there are alternatives which are less costly that you can fall back on. Remember that films like The Blair Witch Project (a ground-breaking film at the time) and Paranormal Activity were marketed using viral marketing schemes. Remember that these small (practically) no-budget movies turned out to be smashing box office hits.
Budget constraints should not limit the quality of film production. With these options, you can come up with the best films possible without having to give up an arm and a leg.