Independent film producers realize that one of the best tickets to Hollywood deals is producing a small-budgeted film that gains acclaim and shows commercial promise. Thanks to great developments in high-definition camera technology, shooting a film on a reduced budget is possible. Unfortunately, a film with very low production values can prove to be disastrous. Such a film could end up looking incredibly amateurish -- not a trait that would be helpful for someone looking to stand out as a new film director genius. One way to improve the look of the film would be to rent studio facilities for certain crucial scenes. This way, a level of professionalism may be added to certain aspects of the film.
The Drawbacks of Makeshift Interior Shoots
Filming in the interiors of homes or commercial properties comes with fewer costs than rentals. While money is shaved off the budget with this approach, a host of technical problems might be added to the project:
- Disastrous Framing
Knocking a wall down in someone's home is not exactly going to be an option for an independent film crew. So, the crew has to make the best of the situation. An unfortunate drawback here would be crammed shots and poorly framed scenes. The limited space creates obvious limitations. These limitations could translate into something that looks very bad on screens.
- Lighting Failures
The amount of available light inside of a "normal" home might be fine for the occupants' "normal" activities, but the low light looks horrible on film or video. A tremendous amount of effort -- and money -- ends up being wasted when reshoots are necessary to address terrible lighting. Unfortunately, it is hard to effectively light the interior of a home since the design did not take film work into consideration.
- Actor Limitations
No actor can expect the set he or she is working on to be perfect. Independent films are known for some of the least perfect sets. Directors and producers do need to perform their part when expecting an actor to impress on screen. Imposing limitations on an actor via a weak, makeshift setup will not help the finished film.
Exploring Studio Rentals
Investing in a 60-day studio rental may not be necessary. Perhaps renting a small studio space for one week to shoot a host of scenes set in a single room would be an option. Limited filming in a small-sized studio could eliminate the many problems interior shoots bring forth. Contact a studio facility like The Crossing Studios for more information.