As an upcoming filmmaker, I worry about a lot of things.
How will I to fund my film? who will accept to act for free? How big is my crew? Where will I get money to pay them? How long will this film be?Just to mention a few questions that eat up my brain when am writing a script.
With no money to fund a short film, I always make sure that I write my script based on what is at my disposal.
I make sure that my actors are not more than five.
Because there is no way I can get more than five actors to dedicate to work for free for a whole month. Especially if they aren’t trained actors and they are only available once or twice a week.
That’s one of the reasons why I choose to make documentaries.
The main reason though is, I love telling human stories.
Stories that are real and are an inspiration by themselves.They seem easier to make compared to short films. But, that doesn’t mean that they are cheap either. Though, if you compare to short films, a documentary would be a better choice.
A creative, real, captivating, unique and original story is part of what it takes to make a good documentary. In addition if I worry enough about the end product and make sure that I take good care of the technical side of my production, then I could produce a great documentary.
Over the years, the style of making documentaries has been changing.
Most documentaries nowadays are portraying a film like style. Which I like, but I don’t forget that it makes documentary filmmaking expensive too.
With all the great technology surrounding us today, it is possible to create an expensive end product in post-production. There is too much software out there which you can use.
So as they say, money is never enough, therefore, don’t let money stand in the way of your talent. If you have the skills, dare to be creative and make great work!