PODCAST: Making a Micro-Budget Short Film in 35mm With Ben Garchar

35mm film is still seen as the holy grail for many filmmakers, but from a cost perspective it is often prohibitive for micro-budget productions. The cost of purchasing new film stock combined with processing and scanning can add up very quickly, which of course is why it’s almost always reserved for higher budget productions.

That said, some micro-budget filmmakers are able to execute 35mm projects by thinking outside the box and finding ways to make the cost of shooting on film more manageable. One of those filmmakers is Ben Garchar, our guest this week.

Using some out of the box solutions (such as purchasing short ends on eBay), Ben was able to shoot portions of his latest short film Jake in 35mm, and blend it beautifully with digital footage shot on the Canon C300. In this episode, Ben explains how it was possible to shoot on 35mm film for less than the cost of renting a digital cinema camera, how he was able to match his digital footage to the film material, the benefits of shooting on 35mm and its affect on cast & crew, and much more.

Check out Episode 20: Making a Micro-Budget Short Film in 35mm With Ben Garchar

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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!


  • George Garchar

    As a film lover and person with a close relationship to Ben, and having seen and discussed various cuts of this movie, I was none-the-less amazed by the amount of technical thought that is involved in the process and its relationship to the artistic goals and outcomes. Very interesting and informative. Thanks.

    • Thanks George! So glad you enjoyed it – Ben’s a super talented guy and I wish him the best of luck with future projects too…


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