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Watch: A Top Production Designer on How to Get the Most Bang for Your Budget

Watch: A Top Production Designer on How to Get the Most Bang for Your Budget


It’s easy to be distracted by shiny toys.  Many new filmmakers have been coaxed into spending whatever meager budget they have on a state-of-the-art camera rental, dolly track, studios and the lot.  However, none of that will do you any good if you don’t have something nice to photograph in the first place.

The golden rule of no budget filmmaking: put every cent you can in front of the camera. This means your production design (sets, wardrobe, props). All those things that make your story compelling and believable, and give your film substance. 

In this week’s episode of Step & Repeat (above), production designer, art director and set designer Matt Middleton (“Pacific Rim,” “Suicide Squad”) delves into how to get the most bang for your budget and how to avoid looking like a rank amateur. Oh and if you don’t know the difference between all of Middleton’s roles – he’ll explain that too. A must watch for all filmmakers.

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