Micro-budget feature filmmakers often fail because of unwise and untutored budgeting. Micro-Budget Hollywood is the first book to offer these filmmakers a fully explained—line-by-line, account-by-account—sample budget specifically geared to their economic bracket. This straight-forward, commonsense approach to shoestring budgeting is an invaluable aid to understanding how to keep a film on track and within budget.
Micro-Budget Hollywood also presents interviews with eleven successful micro-budget filmmakers, including producers, directors, writers, a production manager, a cinematographer, an editor, and a composer, who offer their insights on budgeting, financing, making, and distributing micro-budget films.
Armed with this book, micro-budget filmmakers have a very good chance of success, and, perhaps, of eventually going macro.
Philip Gaines produced his first feature, Night Terror, for $32,000; his next feature, Outlanders, cost slightly more than $3.5 million. He has produced over a dozen other feature films as well as documentaries for PBS and music videos. David J, Rhodes has won several awards for his short film Crystal Night. He has worked as a director of photography on several features and has appeared as a guest lecturer on film production at numerous universities.
“A very informative, useful book, executed with candor and a refreshing touch of touch
of humor. I highly recommend it to all guerrilla filmmakers.”
—Christopher Coppola, Director, Deadfall, Dracula’s Widow