PODCAST: From Idea To Finished Film: Making A Micro-Budget Feature In 6 Months

While most studio level feature films take many years to produce, micro-budget films often come together far more quickly as there is less red tape involved at every stage. In fact, some filmmakers have realized their visions in as little as 6 months, which is virtually unheard of in filmmaking at other budget levels.

In this episode, I outline my optimal 6 month feature film schedule – from concept to finished product – and explain how this type of time constraint can benefit the creative process. I walk listeners through every stage, detailing how much time should be allocated to writing, pre-production, production, and post, in order to execute the strongest possible final product in as little time as possible.

Episode 27: From Idea To Finished Film: Making A Micro-Budget Feature In 6 Months

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About Author

Noam Kroll is an award-winning Los Angeles based filmmaker, and the founder of the boutique production house, Creative Rebellion. His work can be seen at international film festivals, on network television, and in various publications across the globe. Follow Noam on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more content like this!


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    Hi Noam. Thanks for another great episode. Do you do rehearsals for every production? How long do you usually spend working with the cast before shooting?

    • Thank you! It all depends on the project. If it’s a feature, I will likely rehearse to some degree, but I may intentionally not rehearse certain scenes that need to feel more spontaneous or off the cuff. Generally though, it’s good practice to spend a day with your actors doing a table read/getting everyone on the same page. And from there you can spend anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks (or more) running rehearsals. On a micro-budget project, a few days is usually all you’ll get, so you want to maximize that time by focusing on the most critical scenes.


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