A typical feature film utilizes multiple locations and employs numerous cast and crew. Not only is this expensive, but it poses a logistical challenge as well.
I believe a talented filmmaker can create with very little. Their craft is not dependent on resources. Great filmmaking is manifested not in what is utilized, but how. Give David Lynch or Spike Lee one actor in one room and they will come up with something innovative and compelling. In fact, limited resources often inspire creative solutions.
I also feel a first-time director must earn the right to make an expensive film. If I have a child who wants to learn piano, I’m certainly not going to raise money and accrue debt in order to purchase a Steinway. I’ll probably scour Craigslist first and buy a simple keyboard. My child must demonstrate genuine interest, commitment and discipline before I invest in a piano
After learning the basics, my child will outgrow the keyboard and need an actual piano. And again, after years of additional practice and dedication, my child will be sensitive to the touch of the keys and the quality of sound. Their old piano will be holding them back, so I will then purchase a more sophisticated piano and maybe one day, a Steinway.
The original outline for my film had numerous locations and characters. But after reflecting on my own conviction, I realized I needed to pare it down. I now have 3 characters in one primary location.
This is my first feature film and I need to do the best with what I have. I’m going to start on a used keyboard and compose and play the very best song I possibly can. It may lack the sophistication of a Steinway piece, but I can definitely incorporate just as much heart and passion!
Some people don’t even need a keyboard!