THROWBACK FRIDAY: Why Having No Budget Makes You a Better Filmmaker


Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more. There are so much amazing info and knowledge bombs in many of these past episodes and I don’t want them to be lost in the sea of IFH Content so I’ll be putting a spotlight on them in Throwback Fridays. Enjoy!

Why Having No Budget Makes You a Better Filmmaker

What is this guy talking about? No budget = better filmmaker? He must be nuts. Well I’ll have to disagree with you. As I am going through my adventure on the making of my second feature film This is Meg, I have discovered that’s the truth.  Having little or no resources to get your film made can really make you a better filmmaker. 

When you have little or no money and limited resources you discover new and creative ways to solve problems. Those creative ways end up on the screen and that’s where innovation comes from. Doing something people say is nuts.

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“No one can stop you from doing exactly what you want to do. If you can accept that the cavalry won’t come, and if you can be the cavalry, it gives you a chance to be happy.” – Mark Duplass

When I announced I was going to direct This is Meg with a micro-budget I can’t tell you how many people said I was nuts. BTW, I love it when people do that, it lights my fire. I still think most of the cast and crew still don’t know how we’re going to pull this off.

In this podcast I go over the techniques I used to not only getting the ball rolling but also getting the film shot and edited. Enjoy!

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  1. IFH MASTERS CIRCLE – Filmmaking Community
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