Anthony Bregman
producer, This Is That Prods. (“Thumbsucker”)

“Choose the right partners and keep them focused on the challenge. Making a film on a tight budget is not the producer’s battle — it’s the entire filmmaking team’s. Everyone has to approach the low-budget film as a process of risk, sacrifice, shortcuts and vigilant cost-awareness — but also as an opportunity to innovate, subvert tradition and generally reinvent the filmmaking process.”

Catherine Hardwicke
writer-director (“Thirteen”)

“I put everything of mine that I could find in the movie. My dishes, my own clothes — they’re in every shot. We bought a car that then broke down. In one scene, you see the car moving down the road, but if we were to pan one inch, you’d see two crew members pushing it.”

Peter Hedges
writer-director (“Pieces of April”)

“You have to pull together like-minded people who are not just economically driven and who can see that the film is a benefit for them. You don’t know who really wants to be in your film until you can’t pay them.”

Amy Hobby
producer-director, Hobby Films (“Coney Island Baby”)

“Making a low-budget film, you become a collage artist. You have to find the right d.p., the right production designer and spend a lot of time looking for locations. It’s about the beautiful found object. You become a scavenger.”

Scott Macauley
producer, Forensic Films (“Undefeated”)

“Your crew is just as important as a cast. And there are many things that you learn from experience: use a lot of extras, because most low-budget films don’t. Also, you need good sound and a good mix because the perception of a movie is that if the sound is bad, the movie is bad.”