Monday, May 24, 2010

The Frugal Filmmaker

There's a lot of things I'd like to cover in our "Make Your Own Media" mandate here at Pulp 2.0.  It's fun pointing people to 'news you can use' to make your own films, comics, books and so forth, and hopefully inspire you to get off your sofa and put your imagination to work.

 (Hmmm.. "Put your Imagination to Work" -- I like that. It goes on a t-shirt)

Unfortunately there are only so many hours in the day - and I do have to keep the Pulp HQ here stocked in whiskey and cigars - so I can't cover everything I'd like. Despite what you may have heard, I'm only human.

(Though I do have powers...) 

One of those areas that I can't cover in too much depth is DIY filmmaking tools and technique...but fortunately for you there's Scott Eggleston aka The Frugal Filmmaker.

Scott goes through a whole assortment of DIY filmmaking tricks and hacks that keep your budget low and your creativity high. For example from his last weekly Facebook newsletter:

Scott Eggleston
Scott EgglestonMay 23, 2010 at 8:03pm
Subject: Weekly Recap Link List 5-23-10
Sorry I'm a little late with the list this week. Thanks to all who have been inviting their friends to this group. Now up to 229 members! Yes!

Creating DIY sand bags for your light stands
http://www.facebook.com/l/4c41d;www.instructables.com/id/Creating-DIY-sandbags-for-your-light-stands/

Guerilla filmmaker's backpack
http://www.facebook.com/l/4c41d;blog.anvilpictures.com/?p=538

DIY Stedicam
http://www.facebook.com/l/4c41d;rjwilx.blogspot.com/2010/05/diy-steadicam.html

Ripley, my handheld rig
http://www.facebook.com/l/4c41d;www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?p=1992210#post1992210

The Frugal Filmmaker, Episode 8: 3 Point Lighting
http://www.facebook.com/l/4c41d;www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5uybmobdFY

Build your own lenses
http://www.facebook.com/l/4c41d;www.diyphotography.net/build-your-own-lenses

Microbudget filmmaking sucks because you are doing it wrong!
http://www.facebook.com/l/4c41d;d2dvd.blogspot.com/2010/05/microbudget-filmmaking-sucks-because.html

Felicia Day on building an internet audience
http://www.facebook.com/l/4c41d;www.youtube.com/watch?v=id23nVuO5U0

How to pitch investors
http://www.facebook.com/l/4c41d;trulyfreefilm.hopeforfilm.com/2010/05/how-to-pitch-investors.html

Cops nearly shoot actor playing convenience store robber
http://www.facebook.com/l/4c41d;gothamist.com/2010/05/05/cops_nearly_shoot_actor_playing_con.php


Scott goes through and finds the sort of stuff you need to succeed at making your own movies.  Hopefully you'll learn so much you'll be able to contribute back to The Frugal Filmmaker . In any case, go over and join the group (and tell him a bastard sent ya!)