5 Tips For Filmmaking On The Fly

As a filmmaker, if you aren’t making movies, you are thinking about and planning for your next movie. With the year half-way over, it is important to think about your your filmmaking action plan. What are your filmmaking goals? What is your timeline for achieving your filmmaking goals?

Here are five filmmaking tips to get your movie made this year.

1. Answer this question: Given the resources that you have right now, what is the movie that you can make this year?”

2. Get your hands on a good screenplay: Without a great script nothing else matters. But when you’re shooting on a budget, you also need make sure your story falls into the resource parameter discussed in step one. If your screenplay does not fit the parameters, you either need to alter your story or get a new script.

3. Load your screenplay into the Lightspeed production management software, for FREE: This is one of the best innovations, possibly ever. You load your screenplay and create a script breakdown. In addition to this, you can later use this software to manage your production. (Please note, I get paid to refer people to this site – so use your own due diligence.)

Here is a video that demonstrates what Lightspeed is all about.

Convinced it will work for you? Sign up for FREE by going here.

4. Take your schedule and create a budget: After you break your screenplay into all the necessary elements, you will create a budget so you can assign a price tag to each element. If you find your budget is not inline with your cash limitations, you either need to raise more money or you need to repeat steps one through four.

5. Create a Crowdfunding Campaign: There are three reasons you would want to create a crowdfunding campaign. Firstly, a crowdfunding campaign allows you to test your movie concept before you actually make your movie. If successful, your concept may work in the marketplace. Secondly, crowdfunding allows you to test the reach of your social network and expand it. And finally, a successful crowdfunding campaign will give you some necessary cash.

Anyway, I hope this filmmaking information is useful. If you want more stuff, you can grab a copy of my filmmaking book.


  1. Daniel says

    Celtx already does all of this, (including the cloud) and that’s what I use. You don’t mention writing scripts, but Celtx does this as well and I’m very happy with it.

    However, I’m interested to hear why I should consider using your program instead and I will read what you send me with an open mind. if it’s worth it, I will add you to my blog/website along with celtx and do a comparison post.

    I’m eager to see how you’ll answer this. Hopefully you feel challenged and not offended.
    Good luck!
    Daniel Avery

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