Show Don’t Tell: A Podcast On Micro-Budget Filmmaking

Over the last year I’ve become a huge fan of podcasts and have learned so much by listening to them almost every day. I typically cycle between podcasts on filmmaking and business, and have genuinely been able to improve the way that I make films and run my production company as a result.

At the same time, it’s been hard to find podcasts that cover micro-budget filmmaking, which I see as a missed opportunity as there are so many DIY filmmakers out there that want to expand their horizons. With that in mind, I decided to fill that gap myself and officially launch a podcast of my own: Show Don’t Tell: A Podcast On Micro-Budget Filmmaking.

In the past I’ve experimented with podcasts here and there, and have even released some one off episodes on this blog. This time around however, I am committing to a weekly format and will be releasing new episodes every Thursday. Each episode will tackle a different facet of the micro-budget filmmaking process, and will speak to the true independent filmmaker.

While I will have the occasional guest on the podcast for an interview, right now the podcast is going to primarily be a one man show. It will serve as a new outlet for me to share additional and valuable content with all of you, while allowing me to get more in depth into topics that I already cover on the blog.

For the very first episode, I decided to create a companion piece to my recent article on developing a concept and script for a micro-budget production, and you can listen to it below!


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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!


  • Hi Noam,
    Congrats on your podcast. It’s a fantastic resource for us filmmakers.
    My feature film BLUE (2024) has just been released on Prime Video USA, UK and Canada.
    I made BLUE with my neighbours in lockdown and two BAFTA award winning actresses, Gemma Jones (Rocketman) and Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter). We made BLUE on a tiny budget, very much inspired by your podcast and your method of filmmaking. Please could you take a look and consider having me on your podcast?
    Best wishes
    Writer, director, DOP and editor – BLUE

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  • Al

    I have worked as a filmmaker for 33 years. I also taught film courses for 10 years with Panasonic Broadcast.

    I find that 95% of people involved in the film business don’t understand the following.

    1.The Structure and function of motion picture grammar
    2.The 4 Frame sequences. A serious of related shots in the right order and the right length ACCEPTED by the viewer as a single whole visual sequence.
    3 Matched action cutting
    4. The 6 heading writing structure, essential for correct narrative.
    5 Lenses and tripods.
    6 lighting.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Appreciate your thoughts on this, Al! Thanks for sharing…

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  • Hi Noam,

    Just discovered your podcast and listened to 3 episodes in a row.
    One of the things that really resonated with me, is your story about (not) taking 5 years to make your film. I tried to direct my first feature in 2014/15 but never made it past pre-production. Last October, I started on another feature and this time I’m not giving up. Even though we needed to go back from production to pre-production – due to a DP who left the project and me leaving the island where we shot the movie – I’m very much committed to finishing this film.

    The reason I stumbled upon your podcast, is that I have been thinking of starting my own microbudget filmmaking podcast for quite a while. I even wrote a little intro (episode today).

    Listening to your story and advice strengthens me even more. I won’t give up as a filmmaker and I hope to share my filmmaking process with the world one of these days, sooner rather than later.

    It seems like we – microbudget filmmakers – need to invent the wheel ourselves. There is no handbook. People like you fill in the gap and hopefully, in the near future, it will be easier for new filmmakers out there.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Hi Vincent –

      So happy to hear you’re enjoying the podcast and I am very much looking forward to sharing a ton of new content with you over the coming weeks and months! I’m especially happy to hear that my story on taking 5 years to not make a film helped you in some way. Congrats on making it as far as you have on your film, and I would love to see how it turns out once you’re fully wrapped up. Best of luck and see you around the site soon!

  • Ivy E Schexnayder

    Love the podcasts!!! I did think of a topic that I would like addressed. So, I am mainly a DP and work on my own projects and friend’s projects. I want to make more short films, but I am not the best writer. I keep practicing, but are there ways we can find GOOD stories that we can make without having to be excellent writers? I feel that even were I to practice, I wouldn’t be able to tell/write a good screenplay for years. I would love to work with people that are excellent writers already and make films of their work (legally, of course!).

    • Thanks so much for the feedback and suggestion Ivy! I actually have a few ideas that I think would be helpful for you, and in general this is definitely a good idea for a future podcast. I will make sure to touch on this at some point in the next 2 – 3 weeks as I record future episodes.

  • Howard Friedman

    Hi Noam, all good stuff to hear. I started shooting my feature last Summer and hope to complete this Summer. I’ve been following you for sometime. You’ve been a huge help. Maybe in future podcasts you could go into post production like how you edit features and deal with sound on a micro budget. Thanks again and look forward to your next podcast.

    • Thank you so much Howard – I appreciate the kind words and suggestions. I will definitely cover sound on a future podcast! Stay tuned…


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