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.