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The Complete Film Production Handbook, 4th Edition by Eve Light Honthaner

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Chapter 26

 

Practical Low-Budget Filmmaking

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The notion of smaller, less-expensive films is relative — and not all independent films come from specialty divisions. As the technology in digital video cameras and home editing software has advanced and continues to become more affordable, the number of filmmakers (of all ages, professionally trained and self-taught) who are making their own films has skyrocketed in recent years, thus expanding the field of independent filmmaking greatly. So “indie” no longer describes just films like Juno or Little Miss Sunshine. An indie could also denote a five-minute film made for the Internet or a 20-minute short, a documentary, or a direct-to-DVD film. It’s staggering to realize just how ...

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