Anonymous said: Hi! So, I think it's awesome what you are doing with your film, and I wish you the best of luck of getting that done!! I do have a question though: I work in a small production company, and we get a lot of scripts that have CGI/special effects in it, that we aren't able to develop because of our limited budgets.. I was wondering with your project, being an indie film - and possibly having CGI stuff - did you think of doing a business plan to see how that would work out, with also a small budget?
I have a budget breakdown and I’m actually planning on doing all practical effects, for the most part. Even though we’re shooting digitalI like to make a movie like it’s 1987 and not rely on CGI because I know that on such a small budget it won’t look great. And, actually, some of the bigger directors are going back to practical effects when they can because even when there’s plenty of money to pump into digital effects, it doesn’t always look natural.
That said, I have a couple of moments that would probably benefit from some light CGI work (if we can manage a split screen or other optical effect, it would be awesome), but I really want to try and make this project work with practicals and edits, more than anything. I was also well aware in the writing stage that I’d be shooting this myself, so the stuff that’s sci-fi(ish) in this piece is actually designed to be doable on this budget.
Effects are just like anything else on the indie front: Write what you know can shoot on your budget. That may mean doing away with a twenty foot tall tentacled monster or it might mean cutting that Coldplay song you’re so in love with at the moment.
As a writer, you kind of have to walk this line between letting your imagination run wild, but reeling things in to a point where a company like yours can actually fathom bringing that story to life and I feel that newer writers (or just those who have no grasp on the production end of things) may fail to understand that.
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