Any amateur filmmaker will tell you that the best skill that you can have is the ability to think and move on the fly. There are constant, unexpected obstacles to overcome with locations and actors and the ability to limit your variables is the key to success. Whenever I endeavor on a new project, I think about a few, very key elements. First, the script has to be easy to film. For me, that means few locations, hopefully those locations will not be in crowded places, and hopefully I won’t need a permit for them. Choosing the right script to produce involves knowing what is practical and what might be more difficult. For the amateur filmmaker on a budget, you have to put practicality at the top of your priority list.
Big movies and television shows enjoy a lot of luxuries that the amateur can’t afford. They have many trucks for equipment and trailers to keep the actors comfortable and happy. You’ll be lucky to have a few caravans and a bike to get you around. My first and most important piece of advice when it comes to producing and amateur film is to rent a truck. A truck will fit your camera equipment, your lights and if you’re connected, a dolly and some dolly track for those long and beautiful tracking shots that you fantasized about while you were writing your script at the kitchen table last summer. If a truck is what you need, then look no further than Avon truck rental. I produced a student film last semester and I’m telling you, that truck saved our lives a million times. Figuratively, of course. We had all of the equipment organized in there so were able to zoom from one location to the next, hassle free. My friends rented a different truck and we learned from their experience… make sure you rent a truck with a ramp! If you’re ready to start scheduling your film shoot, go online and order a truck at either avon rentals or www.avonrents.com and get ready to write your Oscar speech.
Once you have your truck and all your locations lined up, make sure you schedule some very serious rehearsal time with your actors. In filmmaking more than any other business, time really does equal money, so if you’re actors are learning their parts while the camera is on you will end up with a bad product that costs you an arm and a leg. Rehearse rehearse rehearse. Live by those words and on the shoot day, you will know your camera moves and the actors will understand the complex subtleties of the parts you’ve crafted for them.
Lastly, call in as many favors as you can! Get your mom to cook for the cast and crew. Get your attractive friends to load out some of their wardrobe. For the creative filmmaker on a budget, you really can get almost anything done at almost no cost. You just have to be creative and resourceful. Good luck!