Write your screenplay to BUDGET.
We screenwriters these days have to think about a whole lot more than just the story and script. We’re no longer encouraged to think too much about cameras and sounds, but we are expected to build pitch decks, develop one-sheets, produce and yes, understand the basics of film budgeting. Here are a few resources to help you understand how you can write to smaller budgets.
There aren’t a lot of video resources available on the subject of writing to budget. Not yet. Perhaps the writers are so busy producing and directing that there’s no time to share their experience? Anyway, the few gems we’ve found will give you a leg up and some inspiration, alongside the articles.
Screenwriting on a Low Budget
Indie Film School shows you in eight and a half minutes how to rewrite a higher cost screenplay to fit a smaller budget.
How To Make A Low Budget Indie Film.
In their series Screenwriting for Beginners, Film Forum interviews filmmaker/producer Adam Nelson and screenwriter Chris Watt about: It’s a full hour, so put the kettle on and your feet up. Or, if you’re in a hurry, find the budget conversation at 33:15
Secrets to Successful Low-Budget Feature Films
Indie Film Hustle Academy shares this fabulous 45-minute interview with Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity), with lots of textured backstory.
The Making of "El Mariachi"
This 15-minute video from the Robert Rodriguez and Ten Minute Film School will fascinate screenwriters who want to produce their own low budget film.