Often times when just starting out in any creative field especially film, the budget is a major drawback and brick wall. The memes don’t lie; students have next to no money the vast majority of the time. Noam Kroll covers this in one of his own recent blog posts where he and his crew shot 12 hours of footage in an 8 hour day. This is a skill that must be learned and is only possible with multiple camera angles at once, saving both time and money.
As a student myself finding a healthy balance between study, work and life is challenging and something that I still find myself struggling with, even after almost a year of doing it. As someone who is invested in one of the most expensive hobbies known to man; cars, I find it especially challenging to get my priorities in line. With that expensive, time-consuming interest, a full-time job and full-time study sleep is often a rarity. I am finding myself, however, realizing subconsciously that I need to pick up my game in my studies. Not in grades but in time and flexibility.
Let’s get back into film talk. Making a film that has all the necessary attributes of a successful movie is challenging on a tight budget, however not unachievable. Good filmmakers know when not to include a scene that is part of the script. Whether it is unnecessary, doesn’t help drive the story or is just plain boring, a good and successful filmmaker will know when to cut it to save time, money and resources. Often in instances of time constraints, you will find that minor things such as set up are extremely time-consuming and sometimes un-necessary if the shoot is over muiltpul days in one location. Doing simple times such as only packing away things that take minutes to set up and leaving the larger asdpects of your film such asd the set will save time allowing you more time to actually shoot your film to its highest potential, getting that perfect shot.