First of all, if you’re reading this article, I want to congratulate you on taking the first step. As cliche as it sounds, the toughest part of starting any production is actually getting started. As a first time filmmaker, one common obstacle is funding. Due to the fact you most likely don’t have a prior track record, no connections with talent, casting directors, or financiers’ confidence that you can complete the project under budget, it can be extremely difficult to deal with financially. However, you can get through this by making smart choices.

For instance, if you are really serious about this, you should use your own funding and create a short film, if possible. By doing so, you not only showcase your work, but you also create a track record. Every credit counts!

It’s also a smart idea to hire a line producer that will come up with a realistic budget of what your project will cost. This will help you stay on track financially and keep everything in order

Another way you can be financially savvy, is to cast the project through online acting services that are available to actors, think Actors Access, Casting Networks etc. This will help save the cost of hiring a casting director

In terms of hiring crew, it’s a good idea to look for students in film school, who are looking for credits and experience.

Lastly, it is extremely helpful to find free locations. Renting locations can be extremely costly, and therefore, if you can avoid that cost by using other locations that are free, you will save a lot

Now that you have some tips, you are ready to get started. Sticking to this formula will not only keep costs of production down, it will also give you a positive filmmaking experience. Remember, though, this is not a sprint, it’s a marathon and a learning process that everyone must go through in their journey.

Good luck and have fun! And Mean Time Stay safe and God Bless!!

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