Making a no-budget Feature
by Sinéad Beverland
”Can you shoot a feature film entirely on GoPros, set in one location and in just six days? We’re here to tell you that you can.”
– Brian M Franklin & Sinéad Beverland (Guildhall Picture
Embrace your limitations, find great collaborators and make no excuses. As indie filmmakers, this is the ethos we have embraced and continue to stand by.
You don’t need a million-dollar budget to tell a brilliant story. What you do need is a vision, perseverance and a great team of people to work with.
There is no magic formula for successfully making a movie, no failsafe blueprint. We all learn first, by creating, and then creating again, and again, and again.
My partner (Brian M Franklin) and I have been making films as Guildhall Pictures for the past fifteen years.
We began by producing a series of no-budget shorts before graduating to shorts with actual budgets (albeit small ones). From shooting on 35mm to iPhones, filming in churches to sets, along the way we’ve dabbled in film sales, YouTube series’ and even run a short film festival with fellow collaborator Maj Jukic.
All of this practical experience is at the core of how we approach filmmaking and in 2018, our ambitions grew and we decided to make a no-budget feature film. Our goal was to tell a story that people could actually commercially watch. The holy grail, right?
— To be continued in our January 2021 issue of Cut Frame Magazine. —
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