When you want to shoot a passion project, a low budget can often be an obstacle, for both filmmakers and photographers. But there are ways to overcome it and bring your project to life even if the money is tight. In this video, Sherif Mokbel of THE DP JOURNEY shares seven tips for shooting with the budget as low as zero. He focuses on filmmaking and shares examples from his own and other filmmakers’ videos for even more inspiration. But, some of these tips can also be applied to photographers, so make sure to check them out even if you shoot stills.
Wildlife filmmakers and photographers sometimes have scary close encounters with wild animals. This is exactly what recently happened to Kim Wolhuter. While he was exploring around a huge baobab tree, he came face to face with a leopard. He had it all on camera, and it made my heart pound harder just watching the video!
Last month, I’m sure that Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones were pretty much all that occupied anyone’s Facebook feeds. Both have inspired a massive number of memes, but they have also inspired Film Riot’s Ryan Connolly to create budget-friendly filmmaking tutorials.
After he showed you how to get the Game of Thrones look on a budget, here are some ideas on how to shoot a realistic war scene. It was inspired by Avengers: Endgame, and while it’s shot with a totally DIY approach, it still looks really good! All it takes is some dirt, fake blood, some lights and a minimal amount of special effects.
If filmmaking is how you express your creativity, there are some components you need to include in your videos to make them amazing. But they may require expensive gear, and not all of us have the budget for it. Luckily, there are plenty of budget-friendly ways to improve your filmmaking. The guys from Mahalo my Dude share eight essential elements every great video needs to have. They make it short and sweet, yet they give you a ton of useful tips to follow if your budget is tight.
I believe we’ve all heard that “gear doesn’t matter” so many times before. And indeed, you don’t need super-fancy gear for filmmaking. However, there is some gear you actually need and can’t go without. So, in this video, Ted Sim teamed up with Caleb Pike to tell you more about it. They list nine things you actually need if you’re gonna be a filmmaker, and give you some tips how to get them without spending a fortune.
I just love seeing a clever use of household items for filmmaking and photography. But did you know that Amazon Prime show Hand of God has some awesome DIY solutions in certain scenes? The show’s director of photography Rasmus Heise used a simple salad bowl to create a “door spy hole” effect, and he shared with us a couple of BTS photos from the shoot, as well as the end result.
If you’re just starting out as a filmmaker and looking into buying gear, it may seem overwhelming. So much to buy, so many options – and it can all be pretty expensive. But Matti Haapoja’s latest video is here to make the decisions easier and help you get your first kit. He suggests the first 10 items new filmmakers need to buy and gives you a couple of examples of the affordable, yet high-quality gear.
If you are into filmmaking, there are plenty of ways to improve your work and to make the shooting more successful and efficient. In this video from StudioBinder, Brent Barbano of ShareGrid gives you seven quick, but very valuable lessons that will help you raise your filmmaking on a higher level.