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Studio Mindset, Indie Budget: Six Steps to Making Your Little Movie Big From the Team Behind The Campus

Studio Mindset, Indie Budget: Six Steps to Making Your Little Movie Big From the Team Behind The Campus

Directing

1. Work With What You Have

Before word one was written, before any characters or themes were though out, we took a long hard look at the things we had access to. Location, actors, crew. In our case, we worked in a production lighting facility that had two buildings enclosed by gate. It makes for a perfect, one location, siege type story. So we could go action, horror, or a combo of the two. There’s probably a good rom-com set in there too but these seemed to make the most sense. We figured action might be a little too cost prohibitive, so we opted for horror. Another item that figured heavily into this was a very good friend is a talented SFX artist (and would work for cheap). So horror it was. But that was us — What do you have? An apartment? A coffee shop? A slip of woods? A car? Build something around those elements.

A scene from The Campus. Image courtesy of Sean Reid

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