Did you know that you don’t need millions of dollars to make a feature film? You can have a low budget for your movie production and still create a box office hit!

Paranormal Activity, for example, had a budget of 15,000 dollars and made 194 million dollars in revenue, so you don’t really need a large budget.

Now you’re probably wondering: how can I make a great film with a low budget? Here are some useful tips on how to make a short film with a low budget.

  1. Great content

The first step to making a great movie with a low budget is to have a great story. When you focus on creating a captivating story, you won’t need a million dollars to impress your audience. Great content is key.

  1. Great script

Focus on writing a great script!  You don’t need a lot of money to write a great script. What you need is a good scriptwriter. If you are a scriptwriter, focus on writing scripts that would wow your audience.

  1. Amazing location

A good location can do a lot for a movie. You don’t need millions to get a captivating location for your film. Take advantage of your country’s scenery- or the next time you go on vacation, try scouting for good locations for your movie. It could be a desert, a forest, a beach, a lake, etc. Using natural locations instead of studio-made can help you save a lot of money on your film.

  1. Props

Pay attention to props. You don’t need to spend lots of money buying props or making them yourself. You can find items in your bedroom or an attic which can be useful for your movie. You can even create the story or theme of your movie around these props you find.

  1. Utilize sound

Sound is a very important element when making films. It does not require lots of money as long as it is done precisely and with diligence. Note that it’s not only the visuals of a movie that creates suspense or an eerie mood. Instead, it is the sound used that enhances the story and creates the mood.

  1. Good music

Music is very important when making a great short film – or any kind of film in general. It provides the mood for a scene. There are a number of ways to find amazing music at a low cost for a low budget movie. You can choose to either download background music (from a royalty free music library), or find a composer. You don’t need lots of money or to go after pop stars to get good film music. You can get composers who are good at what they do and whose music will definitely be outstanding. There are lots of people willing to volunteer their music for movies.

You can also feature incredible music from independent artists for a very affordable price. Independent artists can be more original than top-40 hits you hear on the radio, and is always more unique. Using independent artists can really help your film stand out from the crowd. Don’t waste your time trying to contact a pop star. Use a royalty free music library. Royalty free music libraries can help you easily access awesome music, for an affordable price – all at the click of a button.

  1. Hire good actors

Don’t use your friends and family members as actors if they have no experience! You can find a lot of good actors who will act in your movie for free or at a low cost. You can find these actors in film schools or acting schools.

  1. Use friends for background actors

This is where you can use your friends in your film! Background actors are the people who sit, stand, or walk around the background in your movie. Basically, they are human props! If you don’t have that many friends for this role, you can also use your family. For example, if there is going to be a restaurant scene in your movie, you can have them act as other customers in the restaurant, or if it’s an outdoor scene, they can act as pedestrians walking on the street. Background actors can help you add professionalism to your film.

Let us know what you think in the comments! Any other tips?