Peter Broderick has written some great stuff about ultra low budget indie filmmmaking over time. In Filmmaker Magazine in the 90s, he wrote about going “below the line” with several guerilla filmmakers.
Now this information is old, so you might question its validity. But as Chris Comrie and I read over it, we thought that much of it still stands today. It contains case studies of “The Living End“, “Laws Of Gravity“, and “El Mariachi“.
They make great case studies because, instead of spending years raising money from companies, nonprofits and rich relatives, each of the example filmmakers decided to make a film using the limited resources they could assemble easily and quickly.
We have talked to so many new filmmakers who claim their scripts require huge budgets to be properly made – meantime they’re not developing and improving the script. You know, THE SCRIPT, that without which; nothing. And meantime they’re cheating themselves out of the opportunity to be shooting and learning.
So in today’s Secrets of Indie Filmmaking: Below the Line with Peter Broderick