What's Low Budget?






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by Elliot Grove

In the realm of low budgets, low budget can mean one of four things:

In Hollywood Low Budget, also known as Indiewood, is $5-8,000,000.
ie: Memento, Donnie Darko, The Good Girl.

The Low Budget Film: One Million Dollars/Pounds/Euros.
ie: Shallow Grave, Memento, sex, lies and videotape, Reservoir Dogs.

Micro Budget: About a half million.
ie: Open Water, Evil Aliens

No Budget: Under 100,000
ie: PI, Blair Project, Clerks, El Mariachi, London To Brighton

So, when some one asks "What's your budget? Answer Low/ Micro/ or No.
And make the thing!

About The Author



Elliot Grove Elliot Grove has worked intensively with writers at Raindance since 1992. He explains the tricks of the trade from practical experience and reveals some of the latest paradigms through lecture, exercises and video clips.

Elliot Grove founded Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007.

He has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of £278.38. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe. Japan and America.

He has written three books which have become industry standards: RAINDANCE WRITERS LAB 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2008),  RAINDANCE PRODUCERS LAB (Focal Press 2004) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). His first novel THE BANDIT QUEEN is scheduled for publication in 2010.

Open University awarded Elliot and Honourary Doctorate for services to film education in 2009.

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