Welcome to Art of the Microbudget

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‘I think we can find solutions. And that limitation, that solution, is actually going to define us as a filmmaker, to allow us to find creative solutions that are going to be essential in forming our voice.’
– Chloe Zhao, Academy-Award Winning Director, ‘Nomadland’, ‘The Rider’
Source: https://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/movies/2021/10/29/chloe-zhao-made-nomadland-now-marvel-eternals/8573795002/Links to an external site.


Studio Prompt:
How can the limitations of microbudget filmmaking, enhance the creativity of a film outcome? How can we employ style, genre, and character to successfully produce a short film that costs next to nothing?

Studio Description:
Microbudget filmmaking has become more feasible and achievable with the advent of technology, meaning filmmakers can take creativity into their own hands through inventive storytelling that utilises the parameters of a small budget to great outcomes.

Films like Chloe Zhao’s ‘The Rider’, Rodrigo Cortés’ ‘Buried’, Oren Peli’s ‘Paranormal Activity’, Gustav Möller’s ‘The Guilty’, and Aneesh Chaganty’s ‘Searching’ all consider use of limited cast, locations, and filming style to produce a successful and engaging film, and we’re going to investigate how they do it. From pre-production, through to post-production.

In a process of reverse engineering, once we better understand the production process and parameters for a microbudget film, you’ll then write, direct and edit your very own microbudget short film – using the knowledge you’ve acquired to empower you to take your filmmaking into your own hands without having it cost the earth!

The aim is that students leave this studio empowered with the knowledge of the production process to make smart creative choices for their early career film projects that can still be creatively bold whilst remaining on a realistic budget.

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