Tag Archive: indie filmmaking

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My other favourite page. I don’t think it’s a particularly expensive VFX shot. It’s a low budget movie. Plus even a low budget goes a long, long way in Cape Town (and a filmmaker like me has a little experience in stretching a budget..)

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Countdowns! Heroic actions. Trance hippies. Drone attacks. It’s all coming together.

TOM Commercial Break…

Before posting storyboards for final act of THE ORACLE MACHINE – time for a quick intermission/commercial break…

In 2017 I finished GIRL FROM NOWHERE, my ‘zero-budget’ first film.

I’m still hoping to make The Oracle Machine as a low-budget film. ($1m is on the low end of low, by U.S. standards).

But try making a film with no budget – the production process becomes an art in itself. So here in this 2 min video are some tips that worked for me, on adding value to micro/zero budget productions. Enjoy!


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Making the audience think just a little, like a detective story. Perhaps the screenplay overstates the obvious, but again, it’s W.I.P. Testing options! With an intention to shoot more & edit back, rather than shooting too little…

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Emerging tech issues: 3D-printed guns! Perhaps not a problem in the USA, as normal guns so widely available. Elsewhere, like in South Africa, guns harder to acquire, but 3D-printers even less common. This may change.

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Building the tension again. 

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‘The machine can’t just take itself away, can it?’ …um… 

‘I don’t think you’d find sh*t in a sewer, bud’

Bad guys always get the best lines!

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Tension + Humour always go well together.

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Tension builds! Drones!
(That’s the Cape Peninsula down there, in case anyone was wondering)
(And yes, the USA military does indeed have a ‘cyberthreat command centre’, known as ‘Cybercom’)