This post originally appeared as a Filmmaker Story on Filmmaker Freedom submitted by Craig Inzana.
I’m a filmmaker from a small market in rural Pennsylvania. DuBois, PA to be exact. Here, micro-budget filmmaking is essential if you want to make movies at all. After a few years of producing short films and a web series for under $1,000, I finally was able to work on something where we could pay people. The difference was amazing!
In 2016, we produced a feature film for $10,000 in twelve consecutive days in the middle of the Pennsylvania woods.
That film is called Blood on the Leaves; not only did we do the crazy thing of trying to make an intense survival drama with a budget and schedule like that, we made the crazy decision that we needed to pay people.
I’m going to preface all of this by saying, every film project is different and your film might not need to pay people in order to get what you want out of it. Also, not everyone on our film got paid. If it weren’t for the immense amount of work myself and the two other producers put in on and off set for free, there’s no way this film would be happening.