Talk shop: Low-Budget filmmaking

by Peter D. Marshall

by Joseph Weiler.

Let’s face it, filmmaking is an expensive endeavor, there isn’t really many ways around it unless you know a lot of people with a lot of equipment they’ll lend you for cheap or free.  Being a young filmmaker doesn’t help either, a lot of times we’re working on a fairly tight budget.

One thing that has really changed the game, especially for the younger generation of filmmakers is the introduction of the DSLR to modern cinema.  One of the many great things about the DSLRs is their ability to have so many interchangeable lenses.  That way if you have friends with similar cameras it is easy to swap and borrow lenses from one another without having to be responsible for the whole camera.

This opens up a world of possibilities.  Even just having a few, each for different purposes, can make filmmaking incredibly easier.  Stuck shooting in a tiny room? Throw on a wide-angle lens to open up the shot making it easier to fit everything in the frame.

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