Production value in the independent film world is a very important element to the film making process. Due to the lack of finances, independent filmmakers have to make everything appear professional on film if they want to separate themselves from student film to something that can sell. The most important factors of production value is the location, props, wardrobes, and talent. Wherever your story takes place hunting down the locations to film is a very rewarding experience. Getting permission to film from business areas can raise awareness to the creation of your film and create a small curious fan base, as well as finding a desolate spot in a national forest can make your film turn out beautiful. A location with no people and that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye can captivate audiences. Movies with a busy scenery in the background can really impress audiences, scenes with a lot of interactivity creates tension and excitement during a climatic part in a film.
Props and wardrobes are a major aspect to tricking your audiences into ‘believing’ your story. If your story takes place in times prior to ours, do your research and get wardrobes to match the time era. A lot of filmmakers will not dare tell a story that may challenge their budget, this creates a lack of creativity and this can hurt your film. Be resourceful and work around this obstacle. A perfect example to learn independent film making tips is to watch the behind the scenes making of Mad Max. The film makers of that movie went to major extremes to ensure the end result of their film. To take the same advice that you’ll learn from these film makers is not necessarily advisable but it does set the bar high in example setting.
Talent is key to the story telling of your film. Hiring actors with experience isn’t always an option because they would prefer to get paid than to work for free but finding aspiring actors is an idea. A place to search would be local community theaters, acting groups at colleges, and acting training classes. Just as there are aspiring film makers there also aspiring actors who are looking to expose their talents. If props and wardrobes are taken to a lesser degree because of lack of finances than talent from your actors is detrimental. It is important to learn how to manage all of these elements when it comes to production value, it will make major differences in the outcome of your film.
What is High Production Value. S.E Smith