With a lot of people having phones that can shoot video and video cameras being more affordable than ever, a lot of people are thinking about creating their films. But what if you only have a small amount of money that you can use to produce a film? Below are five tips that you can use to help you produce a film when you only have a small amount of money to use.

Make Sure the Film Is in Your Budget.

You can be very ambitious, but you want to be realistic as well. Even though you may want to have a lot of special effects and car chases in your film, if it’s not in the budget, you can’t do it. Think about what you have and then create a script that will work with your budget.

Plan

Just like when you start any huge project, it’s vital that you to be carefully planning. It’s possible that you won’t just have to plan your shooting but the place that you are shooting as well, especially when you have a small budget. You want to make sure that each dollar is ending up on the screen. Make a list of everything that you’re going to need, including marketing, cost per entry into festivals, advertisements on Facebook, publicist, and post-production costs. But keep in mind that you’re also want to think about the smaller things, such as transporting equipment and crew, catering, and makeup.

Find a Main Location to use During Production

When you’re constantly moving to different places and toting your equipment around, this is going to cut into the time that you have for filming. Find a set up that is your primary location for your shoot, and this will limit the time and money that you are spending. Look for your main location that can cover many different script locations. Having a primary location doesn’t mean that you have to shoot in one area, but when you contain your locations, it’s going to save you lots of precious time and money.

Look for Some Free Locations

The fees that you’re spending on locations can blow quickly through a budget. There are a lot of locations that are free out there. You have to look for them and work around any constraints. Shoot when you’re in public, walking on the sidewalk, in the warehouse or old garage. Shoot in open business rather than having to pay business to close during certain hours

It’s important that you’re getting permission from the locations you’re shooting it. There’s a lot of ways that you can get some great locations to use even when you don’t have a lot of money to use.

Don’t Skimp on Sound

One of the most important things in a film is the sound. The sound does not only include sound effects that allow you to hear someone walking. The sound makes up things like the music and the other important parts that make a film amazing. So make sure that you leave some room in your budget for sound and music.

A good way to see how music can affect a movie is to go on YouTube and watch the scene from Star Wars without the music and sound effects in it. The difference in the feel of the movie is just incredible.

These are five tips that you can use to help you create a film on a budget. If you remember these tips, you’re going to find that you are saving money and also making a movie of which you can be proud.