Is my film a Hollywood mainstream
film or a low budget British film?
My film ‘The WITNESS’ is not a Hollywood mainstream film, It is a low
budget British film. The reasons why are; my film has not got any A-List
celebrities or well known celebrities. This is because we wanted to avoid
spending money on our film. For example we kept everything in our film
very minimal. Our costumes consisted of casual clothing. For instance, my
character wore school trousers, a basic turtleneck and a long coat. We
kept the clothing minimalistic. However, we used fake blood on one of the
characters to show that they got beaten up. Also, the location was very
near. We didn’t have to pay to access the location as we all have a free ZIP
card. In The WITNESS we only had several props which cost around £5 all
The WITNESS is a British film as the budget was small (no expenses were
used), the scale production was very small – due to the budgeting of our
film, the amount of equipment we had to film (which was just a camera
and a tripod) and also the costumes which were simple. Our film was
actually an independent British film as everything was shot, edited and
produced in England.
What production company would be
interested in us?
If there was a production company whom would be interested, it would be
721 productions. This is because they are independent and they support
small, upcoming British films who don’t have a lot of budgeting. Their goal
is to ‘aim to make low budget, high concept, commercially viable movies
for the world-wide audience.’ 721 productions believe that some low
budget films can be just as equally interesting as the ones in cinema.
Here are some examples;
What distribution company would
be interested in us?
An example of a distribution company who would be
interested in The WITNESS would be Vision Films because
they support low budgeting films. An example of their film
would be ‘Containment’. Their budget has no where to be
seen but because they use a few characters in their movie, a
few props and the same location, we know that they’ve not
spent a lot on their film.
How would The WITNESS
promote/advertise their movie?
As we are an independent low budgeting film, we have
to be financially careful on how we promote our
movie. This means we have to spend a certain amount
of money which is little. The best option for us would
be word of mouth, meaning if one person was happy
with out movie than they’d pass it on. The other option
would be using social media as we could create an
Instagram for out movie contacting people and getting
them involved. Also, using Facebook by creating a page
for people to join whom have an interest. And the last
option would be creating leaflets. This requires a little
amount of money which we can afford as our movie is
at a low scale of production.
Examples of films that have used those
• One example of a film that used facebook as promotion was ‘The falling’
which is an independent British film. This is helpful because The Falling
and The Witness are both low budget films with a small scale.
Producer- Ria Patel
Director- Tom Heywood
Editor – Samuel Arthur
Camerawoman- Maya Gharu
Distribution company- Vision Films
Production company- 721 productions