Here it is! My first article for InfoBarrel. With this article, I’d like to take a moment to discuss truly independent funded Low Budget Filmmaking. Which for a lot of people out there nowadays, this translates to digital filmmaking. There are some big pros and cons to the advancement of digital cameras. The great thing about it is now just about ANYBODY can make a film. The worst thing about it is now just about ANYBODY can make a film. Digital films are now being made with budgets that rival the amount of change people can find in their sofa and that's great, but it also sucks. Low budget digital films are a dime a dozen1, do people even take them seriously?
Hi, my name is Jeremy Randall Johnston and I’ve been in love with the art of filmmaking as far back as I can remember2. I became involved in it purely for the self-enjoyment. I basically just wanted to (and still do) make films that I wanted to make, and now I can. If people enjoy watching my films, great, if not, oh well. I’m not looking to cater to anybody. Yes I want to make films so that people will watch them, but you can't please everybody, so I’m going to focus on the people I can please. ME! One of the main rules I like to go by is, "If I like it, it's good." As long as you are happy, who cares what anyone else thinks? Now I know you're thinking, "Well that's great you self-indulgent moron, but people need to enjoy my film for me to make some money.” I just want to remind you we are talking about low to no budget digital filmmaking here. Money isn’t something to be focusing on at this level. Though some say if you make a film for $3,000 or less, and don't make a profit, you're doing something wrong.
Now some people think one of the main reasons many digital filmmakers are not taken as seriously is because they attempt to make their film as cheaply as possible. I've seen quite a bit of these films. Some good, some not so good. It can be difficult to get distribution for a digital film as well. Though I feel, if this is your FIRST feature-length film venture, why not do it as cost effectively as possible? If a company wants to distribute it, that's awesome, if not, no big deal. Sell them yourself, or if the overhead is low enough, give copies away. It is your first film. Your main focus should just be seeing it made and developing your craft. There's only room to grow after that.
Jeremy Randall Johnston
1. So are articles about digital filmmaking.
2. Which is yesterday... I think.