Low Budget Production Making   programmes out of thin air “ We don’t have money but we do see life” Quaint Scottish proverb
Who is this guy? <ul><li>BBC Cameraman </li></ul><ul><li>London and Bristol UK </li></ul><ul><li>1969 to 1985 </li></ul><u...
What is ‘Low Budget’? <ul><li>‘ working with constraints and limitations that would not exist had a realistic budget been ...
Myth buster <ul><li>To make ‘good’ or ‘successful’ programmes requires big budgets </li></ul><ul><li>Big budgets always br...
The essentials are NOT budget dependent <ul><li>Your own creativity and skill </li></ul><ul><li>(if you don’t have it you ...
‘ Blessings’ of low budget: <ul><li>Stimulates creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Develops ‘style’ </li></ul><ul><li>Forces you ...
Helpful attitudes <ul><li>Willing to improvise </li></ul><ul><li>Willing to make the most of what’s available </li></ul><u...
Modern Technology <ul><li>Cheaper equipment </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Better’ quality </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller crews </li></ul>
Multi Skilling <ul><li>Less union demarkation </li></ul><ul><li>Multi skilling is ‘fashionable’ </li></ul><ul><li>(because...
Bottom line for Low Budget <ul><li>Photography </li></ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><li>Editing </li></ul><ul><li>Writing...
Working with a low budget <ul><li>Choose appropriate material </li></ul><ul><li>Multi camera shoots can save money </li></ul>
How to save money . . <ul><li>Plan carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Use a small multi skilled team </li></ul><ul><li>Learn some...
Now what do you do? <ul><li>Don’t invest in advertising – write an article </li></ul><ul><li>Find a distributor </li></ul>...
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Crawford Telfer presents Low Budget Productions at CEVMA 2007

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  1. 1. Low Budget Production Making programmes out of thin air “ We don’t have money but we do see life” Quaint Scottish proverb
  2. 2. Who is this guy? <ul><li>BBC Cameraman </li></ul><ul><li>London and Bristol UK </li></ul><ul><li>1969 to 1985 </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Television Assn </li></ul><ul><li>1985 to date </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is ‘Low Budget’? <ul><li>‘ working with constraints and limitations that would not exist had a realistic budget been available’ </li></ul>
  4. 4. Myth buster <ul><li>To make ‘good’ or ‘successful’ programmes requires big budgets </li></ul><ul><li>Big budgets always bring success </li></ul><ul><li>Low Budget equates to low production values and standards </li></ul>
  5. 5. The essentials are NOT budget dependent <ul><li>Your own creativity and skill </li></ul><ul><li>(if you don’t have it you will have to buy it in) </li></ul><ul><li>Story, Idea </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement </li></ul>
  6. 6. ‘ Blessings’ of low budget: <ul><li>Stimulates creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Develops ‘style’ </li></ul><ul><li>Forces you to plan </li></ul><ul><li>Prevents indulgence </li></ul><ul><li>Gets you on your knees! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Helpful attitudes <ul><li>Willing to improvise </li></ul><ul><li>Willing to make the most of what’s available </li></ul><ul><li>Willing to adapt </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be ‘precious’ </li></ul>
  8. 8. Modern Technology <ul><li>Cheaper equipment </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Better’ quality </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller crews </li></ul>
  9. 9. Multi Skilling <ul><li>Less union demarkation </li></ul><ul><li>Multi skilling is ‘fashionable’ </li></ul><ul><li>(because it saves money!) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Bottom line for Low Budget <ul><li>Photography </li></ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><li>Editing </li></ul><ul><li>Writing (story) </li></ul><ul><li>Directing </li></ul><ul><li>Performance </li></ul>
  11. 11. Working with a low budget <ul><li>Choose appropriate material </li></ul><ul><li>Multi camera shoots can save money </li></ul>
  12. 12. How to save money . . <ul><li>Plan carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Use a small multi skilled team </li></ul><ul><li>Learn some new skills </li></ul><ul><li>Do you really need the latest stuff? </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiate fees </li></ul>
  13. 13. Now what do you do? <ul><li>Don’t invest in advertising – write an article </li></ul><ul><li>Find a distributor </li></ul><ul><li>Get it shown on Christian TV </li></ul>

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