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Tips to Make Your Own Movie

Do you dream of being a filmmaker? These days it’s more possible than ever! Check out these great tips to make your own movie today!

It seems that more and more people are choosing to fulfill that dream, making all sorts of movies, as an amateur or on their way to hopefully making it big.

While the global film industry continues to grow to a tune of nearly $50 billion in 2020, according to Statista.com, you can make any movie you like, it doesn’t have to be something Oscar-worthy.

Tips to Make Your Own Movie

Tips to Make Your Own Movie

Making a movie can be a fun weekend thing to do with friends, a school project or the step to doing something you’re passionate about while earning a living. These tips can help you learn how make your own, whatever the reason, without spending a bundle.

Budget: Determine How Much You Want to Spend

If you hope to make a film worthy of submitting to festivals, you’ll need to have some serious cash. Even a micro-budget film can cost a half-million dollars. If it’s just a fun movie for you, your friends and/or family, you can easily get away with spending very little to meet a tight budget. Keep in mind that the shorter the film, the cheaper it will cost to make.
Put the money into what’s most important, like proper sound and lighting. If the actors can’t be seen or heard, due to background noise or poor visuals, it’s going to be difficult to watch. Actors for hire via a booking app can be a great way to get skilled, experienced people to star in your film without paying a lot as there are agent commissions to worry about. Plus, it’s a good way to discover new talent.

Tips to Make Your Own Movie


If you need to raise money to make your movie, turn to Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter. You may be able to get a good amount that can be used to pay the cast and crew, for sound and lighting, wardrobe, etc.

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Keep in mind that a top-of-the-line camera and other high-quality equipment may not be necessary. You can even make a movie using your smartphone. For example, 2015’s ‘Tangerine’ on Netflix received greater than average reviews and was all shot using an iPhone. If you need better zoom capabilities, you can purchase a relatively inexpensive add-on lens that clip on for easy use.

Location: Shoot When Businesses are Open or Use Free Places

If you’re using key locations for filming, like a cafe, retail store, yoga studio, bakery and so on, and they have to shut down so you can get your shot, you’re going to have to compensate the business. Shoot while they’re open and they probably won’t charge you anything. After all, it may be free advertising. If necessary, try to search out a quiet spot for playing out scenes after getting permission from the owner.

For small-budget films or those you are just shooting for fun with friends, you can use your home, a friend’s house a public park or even the beach.

Tips to Make Your Own Movie


Hi all! My name is Kaycee. I am now learning to navigate life as a single woman. Turns out, it's not all about husband and children. Who knew? So, I'm on a journey of self discovery. I have 5 children, 3 of which are married, 5 2 are in Heaven (my beautiful baby Acadia Reign and my Diva Princess Tara Elizabeth), and 7 grandchildren! Plus, a ton of fabulous nieces and nephews! My educational background is in Psychology and Child Development but my heart is in ministry, crafts, fun, reviews and my website, My Crafty Zoo. Or at least it was, now I'm learning who I really am, beneath all of the busy family life. It's an adventure to be sure. I look forward to continuing to share my life through word and pictures with you and love hearing your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to read and allowing me to share! I look forward to reading your comments!

4 thoughts on “Tips to Make Your Own Movie

  • Dorothy Boucher

    I’m loving your ideas and suggestions here, I often thought about putting together a short film, who knows maybe one day.

  • Great tips Kaycee. Youtubers can use these tips as well. It is my pleasure to co-host with you at #omhgww.

  • Lauryn R

    These are great tips, thank you so much for sharing! My kids are always trying to make their own movies. 🙂

  • Christina Gould

    I’ve never thought of making my own movie, but it sounds exciting. Thanks for posting!


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