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Tips and tricks from the filmmakers with no money

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Comment by Pierre Samuel Rioux on May 5, 2010 at 12:37am
Here a way to increase the quality of your camcorder.

http://www.convergent-design.com/VideoGallery/tabid/1663/VideoId/32...
Comment by Pierre Samuel Rioux on May 5, 2010 at 12:29am
Comment by Pierre Samuel Rioux on December 2, 2009 at 7:27pm
http://www.pstechnik.de/en/digitalfilm-16sr-magazine.php

This is a mag how transform a 16mm movie camera Arri SR to a Digital 2K
Comment by Ashley Pettaway on May 26, 2009 at 12:14am
Now, I'm sure someone suggested this idea before, but I will repeat. I recently did a chase scene, and for a rapid POV shot and the profile shot, I used a bicycle. It took us a while to control the wind resistance with the camera's weight, but it was fun doing it. If you can't get access to a vehicle, a ten-speed or mountain bike will do. Just my two cents.
Comment by Jim Sawyer on May 21, 2009 at 4:16pm
Fan Films. I've worked on a few no budget fan films. Mostly they were for things I am a fan of and was willing to help out or provide equipment for. I helped a friend a few months ago make a Harry Potter fan film that turned out amazing. Don't discount how much help, money,props, sets, locations rabid fans will provide to get a piece done that they want.
Comment by Jim Sawyer on May 21, 2009 at 4:10pm
A few years ago I wanted to do a American Civil War short story and a friend of mine hooked me up with a historical reenacting group. They were great. They had historically correct period costumes, weapons, props, you name it, they had it. They were happy to work with me for a copy of the raw footage.They were so interesting I ended up doing a mini-doc on them. It was a real hoot when they provided locations and even a working cannon!

I later found out that there are groups for most time periods , roman, WWII, French and Indian war, circa 1750's, Scottish, English, etc.

We shot all the exteriors over a weekend where the group camped out in a historically correct camp, in tents! Historically correct is only the half of it, I sat around the campfire for two hours listening to two PhD. historians argue if a regiment flag had a blue or buff background in 1863.

These groups are all over the country. I have worked with several over the following years and without exception they were wonderful to work with. you can find out more at http://www.reenactor.net/
Comment by Black Onyx Productions on May 7, 2009 at 12:04am
Hey everyone. Just starting to get more involved on this site :) Check out some of my work on my internet tv channel.

Comment by Pierre Samuel Rioux on April 23, 2009 at 1:16pm
Competition to the RED

http://www.macvideo.tv/camera-technology/features/index.cfm?articleId=104645
Comment by Jason Ambrus on March 10, 2009 at 7:49pm
Some random location tips:

- War locations: I recently completed a short film (period piece) set in WWI. The biggest challenge was finding a location I could convincingly use as a trench. I discovered that a really good substitute is a provincial-style crawlspace, like the kind you find in these old Plateau/Rosemont neighborhoods. They are generally 3-4 feet high, and quite dirty, but make for perfect trenches. It definitely came through in my short.

- Prison locations: One great substitute for prison/death row hallways and decor is in the basements of industrial loft buildings. I'm talking about those old industrial complexes that get converted into condos or loft studios. Not only do they have narrow corridors (often painted in drab grays or beiges), but the lower floors often have exposed pipes and electrical boxes that can really sell a prison environment.

Good luck to all!
Comment by Daniel Avery on December 17, 2008 at 6:56am
Hey! I'm the definition of a "no budget filmmaker"! I use free software for anything and everything, a tiny flash media camera for my photography, videography and audio recording, a laptop as my editing station and have made 6 1/2 short films and several other video projects.

See my blog http://videomaker.com/community/blogs/freeware/ to see the freeware I use or am studying and see what I have to say about them.
 

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