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?”

Which 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.

“A Korean woman (Eun-woo Lee), driven mad by her husband’s (Eun-woo Lee) infidelity, castrates her son (Young Ju Seo).”
“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.”
“Hoping to land a role, two Japanese actresses (Eiko Koike, Maho Nonami) begin a fight that keeps escalating within an apartment.”
“A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.”
“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.”
“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.”
“After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her.”
“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.”
“A camgirl has her principles, until a mysterious woman who looks just like her takes over her channel.