Realism as a Tool in Low Budget Filmmaking

Even in a time where digital technology has made film production a more accessible art than ever, the costs associated with producing a film are high enough to bar many artistic voices without thousands of dollars in the bank from telling their own stories. In this research, I hope to explore how real spaces can be shaped with editing and camera work to appear in a way preferable to the story of a film in order to eliminate the costs of artificially producing a set. Techniques of realism such as shooting on location and allowing actors to improvise lines can be used to lower the budget of a film, and when done right, still give it artistic and intellectual credibility.

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