How To Make A Movie On A Small Budget

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Want to make a movie, but don’t have enough cash to finance it? Don’t let that get in your way because it is possible to create a good quality film even on a modest budget. While the cost to make a small-budget film is open to interpretation most of them range from a few hundred dollars up to $1,000,000 and more!


If you’re looking to keep your budget on the lower end of this range, there are a ton of methods you can use to cut costs to produce a quality movie, like using low-cost sets and equipment. Unfortunately, for many people the problem lies in the way these methods are used, forcing them to postpone their filmmaking dreams. To help you make the best use of the money-saving options available to you, Crimson Night Productions has listed some of the best tips and tricks and efficient ways to use them. Keep reading to know how to make a movie on a small budget.



Pre-production is a vital process to your project. This is where you can determine the “who, what, when, where, and why” of all that is necessary for your project, and these will all be determinants in costs.

I think we can all agree that each project is different; there is no one “formulaic” method that determines exactly how much each cost will be, both above and below the line. Once you have your finances in place, you will need to decide on where and how your funds will be spent within your project. There’s no better place to work to determine what your budget will look like than in pre-production.

Try not to bite off more than you can chew going into your project. But, do keep in mind that it’s also not uncommon to run into cost issues during the course of a project. Invest your funds as wisely as possible! Underfund the wrong part of your project, and it could impact the entire film’s progress.

Always keep in mind: big bucks don’t always guarantee your movie will be a hit. Sure, it would be fantastic to have a large budget, but even small-budget and micro-budget ones can have the potential to do well (after all, Clerks and The Blair Witch Project did pretty darn good on their small budgets!). Never let lack of a big budget from you sharing your great story.


Join filmmaking clubs.

We highly recommend you join and participate in filmmaking clubs or organizations. Not only is this is an excellent way to extend further into collaboration with other like-minded individuals, but there may be additional resources made available that you might not have considered initially, such as being able to rent or borrow equipment, or having someone assist you in finding the necessary forms and contracts for your project.


Network! Network! Network!

Enough can never be said about the value of networking. Building on this important and valuable tool can present myriad of opportunities, including gaining contacts and establishing new friendships. In any capacity, there’s never any shame in asking for help from others; networking and working with other like-minded people can help you with your low/micro/no budget project, from simply learning the “what’s” and “how’s”others did to manage their small and micro-budget projects, to sharing resources and contacts.


Offer incentives.

It’s always the little things that people appreciate, even if your project is a zero-budget production. We suggest you always try to provide incentives for your cast and crew who may be working for a minimal cost, or even for free. There’s a lot to be said about feeding a hungry group, so consider offering a free lunch or dinner. If possible, other incentives should be offered; even a gift card to their favorite store or to see a movie can show your gratitude, and can be well-received as a thoughtful gesture.


Show appreciation for everyone’s contributions.

Offering incentives is always a great idea. But, never forget to always show gratitude to those who give their time and talent for helping you, especially if they do it for free or very minimal charge. This is a significant determinant for many people in deciding if they’d work with you again in the future or not.


Crowdfunding is still a way to go.

There are many crowdfunding options available today, such as Indiegogo and Seed & Spark. A quick Google search on “crowdfunding for filmmakers” should yield good results for crowdfunding sites.


If you need any film and audio production and post-production services in Highland, IN, reach out to the experts at Crimson Night Productions. We are a small independent production company that focuses on a variety of film and audio productions. While we are new to this industry, our small scale business enables us to charge you affordable prices and deliver hands-on services.


If you’d like to know how we can help you keep your filmmaking budget small, email us at or get in touch with us personally at


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