Top 10 Films with Concepts that will Inspire “No-Budget” Filmmakers [Linwood’s Picks]

One of my biggest “regrets” as a writer was not learning how to take a minimalistic approach to storytelling and artistically crafting a film when I was younger. I typically “shot for the moon” with the idea that investors would eventually make my vision happen, rather than utilizing what resources I had after scaling back what I was attempting to achieve in order to make it more palpable. As I’m in the pre-production of the first GameCargo, I do often wonder what the movie could have been pictured as in the beginning stages if I was introduced to certain techniques and styles that would have not only distanced what I was bringing to life but enhanced its design.

Granted, since my first screenplays original conception, I have been introduced to a vast amount of films that I would have never imagined watching before, so theoretically, that is impossible and I should be grateful, however, it begs me the question as a creator–

“What stories, eccentric or grounded, are being missed out in regard to storytelling, simply because they may be perceived as too “simple” or out of one’s reach without a certain level of creativity?”

This is why today, I decided to take a look back into my favorite movies and pick out the ones that inspired me as a filmmaker when I needed a frame of reference on how to tackle a world with pocket change. I’ve decided not to attach the budget of these films, rather the synopsis and trailers of them because I feel as though whether you have $500 or a few thousand, imagination shouldn’t be restricted when the goal is to entertain and provoke thought to the best of your capability as an artist.

10. MOEBIUS (2013)

“A Korean woman (Eun-woo Lee), driven mad by her husband’s (Eun-woo Lee) infidelity, castrates her son (Young Ju Seo).”

9. BURIED (2010)

“Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis, he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone, it’s a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.”

8. 2LDK

7. MAN BITES DOG

6. TANGERINE

“After hearing that her boyfriend/pimp cheated on her while she was in jail, a hooker and her best friend set out to find him and teach him and his new lover a lesson.”

5. CLERKS

“A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.”

4. IT FOLLOWS

“After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her.”

3. ONE CUT OF THE DEAD

“While shooting a low-budget zombie film in an abandoned warehouse, the crew find themselves caught between actual zombies and a mad director who won’t stop rolling. If you think you know what happens next, think again.”

2. CAM (2018)

“A camgirl has her principles, until a mysterious woman who looks just like her takes over her channel.

1. UNFRIENDED

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