Shooting a Movie on a Tiny Budget with Guerilla Films (Wyrmwood)

Nov 7 2016

The brothers behind the cult Aussie zombie film Wyrmwood share their experience and knowledge on how to shoot a movie on a low budget - it’s all about being resourceful.

  1. Search online for online bargains

    E-bay will become your best friend and keep your eye on gumtree, the side of the road etc.

  2. Pick the right concept

    The Roache-Turner brothers chose post a apocalyptic theme for their movie, this meant that if a prop didn’t look the best, all it needed was a little mud and blood, and it suited the theme of the movie perfectly.

  3. Work to your strengths

    Kiah can shoot a movie, but can’t make them. Tristan can make movies, so working to your strengths means that you can make the most of your own resources that costs you no money.

  4. Shoot with the camera/s you have

    The Wyrmwood brothers shot their movie on a Canon 5D mark 2 and 3, Sony FS700 and a few other cameras. Kiah admits the footage looks a little consistent, but only if you’re really looking for it. Most people cannot tell; just finish the film. Worry about making a beautiful film, when you have a beautiful budget.

  5. Have a crack at crowd funding

    This will be easier if you already have a group of people who are interested and vested in your film like social media followers. You can learn more about marketing your movie for success here. Crowd funding also creates awareness for your movie and gives you access to crowd funding mail-out lists, which in turn widens your social media grasp.

  6. Just shoot the bloody film!

    If you have made a film, you have experience under your belt. This means, when you’re talking to people and having meetings in America, talking to funding bodies or co-productions, you have experience to fall back on and can hold your own.

Want to learn more about how to make your movie a success? We also have articles on:
How to Market your Movie for Success and Making a Movie Teaser for Success

Watch the brothers on our YouTube channel, where they go more depth into each of the points.

DISCLAIMER: Tristan and Kiah would like to say that they have made 1 film so they’re not claiming themselves to be experts in film, but they are DIY Masters. I mean, they’ve been DIY mastering for the past 20 years.


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