Guerrilla Filmmaking – No Such Thing As No Budget
The world of guerrilla filmmaking has allowed movies to be made that otherwise would have not seen the light of day. This method to producing movies has given a powerful voice to filmmakers that might have not been heard, that is a positive for filmmaking in general. With guerrilla filmmaking there are no studio budgets to rent prime locations, build expensive sets, use 3-D special effects or hire rock n roll actors like Luis Guzman, Hassan Johnson, Sofia Vergara, Steve Buscemi, Dean Winters, Nia Long, Vera Farmiga to deliver acting gold.
When a producer decides to shoot an entire movie using guerrilla filmmaking techniques then "iacta alea est" (The Die Is Cast). You must prepare to navigate through a filmmaking storm of time and cash limits. Producing a no budget guerrilla film shoot is extremely chaotic increasing production problems that hurt overall quality. Making a no budget movie leaves zero room for changes or mistakes during shooting.
This happens for a lot of different reasons. The biggest is that an indie movie producer has too many duties to perform at one time. The financial lack of production support takes its toll causing breakdowns in organization, planning, and most importantly creative focus. If you're a first time producer without any experience working in film production (writing, directing, editing etc.) you're going to be up against it from day one of filming. At the core of making a movie there are parts that have to be in place.
There has to be actors, direction, camera, lighting, and sound. I've met professional videographers with cameras, lighting, and sound gear that have told me it's easy to make an independent movie. One videographer with a chip on their shoulder I met once back east told me, they could do it better and cheaper than anything I directed or produced. At any level of writing, directing, producing, or acting insults are a given. You will be insulted not only for your work, but on a personal level. As a person you have to shake that stuff off and roll with it if you are the entertainment business.