If you’re thinking of embarking into the world of film making for the first time, Paul Hardy’s Pocket Essential, Filming on a Microbudget is a must-read.
Written in a clear, simple style and broken down into helpful chapters covering every aspect of microbudget filming from development to post-production.
The Development section takes a look at coming up with an initial idea, scripting and storyboarding before moving into pre-production, where key elements like scheduling, casting, locations and budgets and more are all well accounted for,
Production takes you deep into the filming process, covering not only the technical elements like cameras, sound and lighting, but also organisation and working with your performers.
Post-production looks at the worlds of editing, mixing and distribution (plus more besides) before a helpful case-study delves into the ‘Twelve Most Common Microbudget Mistakes’. There’s also a helpful reference section detailing books, websites, courses, organisations and every possible thing you could need to further your film-making.
Everything is explained in just enough basic detail to make sense to the absolute beginner and provides a lot of useful hints, tips and things to consider for those who may not have even picked up a camera yet.
But if you’ve done already made the odd film and are just looking to further your skills and knowledge, then Filming on a Microbudget may not be for you. Sure, it’s almost perfect for beginners, but because of it’s rather simplistic style, there isn’t much here that those even in the early stages of becoming blossoming filmmakers don’t already know.
For the aspiring amateurs however, it’s an essential addition to your bookshelf.
*Note: This is a review I originally wrote a few years ago. As far as I’m aware, Filming on a Microbudget is now only available as an eBook through Pocket Essentials*