Broke-As-A-Joke MICROBUDGET FILMMAKERS: How To Shoot With Only A Boring White Wall

My son was born on November 6, 2015. 

At a studly 7 lbs and 11 oz, this little guy came roaring into the world as a surprise; we're old-fashioned, so we didn't know he was a boy until we first held him.

If God saw fit to have us get this far in life (humankind) without knowing whether we're all having boys or girls, then we were fine with not knowing. 

We did get an ultrasound last June though - for the picture.


EDITORS: Double Your OUTPUT & Save your wrists With Pomodoro

Right now, I'm working on an all-you-can-eat-buffet of a post on video contracts and then its follow-up post on how to start your video business in less than 24 hours.

The latter should be very in-depth. I'm talking like 3,000+ words.

So in the meantime, here is a short post, and while Church Films is about financing and marketing your microbudget films, or rather giving you the step-by-step guides that you need to finance and market your microbudget films, this is a productivity hack that we all need as filmmakers.

I've mentioned this technique before and I think it's worth repeating.

Pomodoro is a productivity technique that you can use to save time, save your arms and hands from fatigue or worse, chronic pain, and it is essential for video editing. The Pomodoro Technique, that is…

It’s worth repeating: this Pomodoro technique is essential for video editing.

Filmmakers who do video production: FiVE questions when prospecting

If you're a microbudget filmmaker like me, you want to tell stories of hope that 

  • won't be cheesy
  • have meaning
  • actually reach people
  • remind them there is such a thing as unconditional love


En route to getting there, you end up doing video production to serve others and grow as a leader and as a filmmaker. 

And while you're doing video production, in the prospecting and qualifying stages of any video production relationship, you have to ask questions. 


I've lost deals and destroyed potential opportunities because I didn't ask enough questions. You probably have too.

Ask questions. Questions get people talking. 

Microbudget Filmmakers and Video Producers: DOn'T DO THESE LAZY CAT MOVES IN YOUR SALES PITCHES

This is really simple gang: when you are reaching out to clients (new ones - aka "cold" convo's - or you're maintaining ole relationships, that is anything that's not cold), be sure to put in the time to do a few easy steps in bridging the gaps. 

If your sole job as a movie director is to inspire, communicate, and lead, then that middle part definitely starts here, in the weeds of video production - long before you ever yell action on a set with 100's of crew and cast members.

You dig?


You've probably heard of Seed&Spark by now.

If not, then I've got a quick, easy primer that you can go through right now to get a mental jumpstart on your next film / video crowdfunding project. 

They are built FOR filmmakers and their cut is reasonable (though by no means better than Tilt).

Very quickly: 

  • 80% or more is what you need to raise to be "greenlit" - KS wants all or nothing, Indiegogo doesn't care what you raise
  • Low fees, with the option for supporters to bear part of the fees
  • You can itemize what you would like funds for (like a new camera body or lens)
  • People don't have to contribute $$$; followers are just as important to every project

Light fare there. Now for the main course. Buckle up. This will blow your hair back.