Adventures in No-Budget Filmmaking
So, I watched a movie called “God of Vampires” last night, for no other reason that it was in my Netflix queue. I don’t remember why I put it there, but meh. I’ll watch damn near anything.
Anyway, this movie was seriously low budget, which is always a bit of a hurdle for an action movie. Still, it had an interesting storyline and decent writing, so it was pretty watchable overall.
It reminded me, though, of films I made back in the late 90s and early 2000s. We had a budget that went entirely to DV cameras, fuel, and sometimes lunch. We got local metal bands to do the soundtracks. Production design and sound design were merely theory most of the time. Actors were people we knew who weren’t doing anything that day.
Still, it was a lot of fun, even when I spent days in editing. We even came up with some watchable stuff now and again. But I’m kind of glad we did it back when we did — if I’d done those films today, I probably would have put them out on the web. And I doubt many people would be as forgiving of their amateurish nature as I was with “God of Vampires.”
It’s odd that the face of distribution has changed so much in ten years. That begs the question — where will we be ten years from now?