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“It’s an old rule of thumb for indie film screenplay writing: Include in your screenplay what you already have access to. This saves you money and streamlines your shoot. Robert Rodriguez cites this decree as a major contributing factor in his pulling off the micro-budget El Mariachi.
I think S.F. Brownrigg, director of Don’t Look In The Basement, explained it best when he spoke of his “three legged dog” low budget filmmaking tactic: If you discover a three legged dog on set, put it in your movie because that’s production value. But never, in pre-production, write a three legged dog into your script, because then you’ll never find one.”
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