At the beginning stages of creating a film, rather than allowing your imagination to just go wild, you got to start with your resources. “What do I have guaranteed access to.”
This is a “philosophy” I have actually lived by without having a word to explain it for years, and I am glad Boghosian got to develop and refine the concept. My latest short is exactly the result of a resource-based filmmaking approach: I knew I had access to a + b + c and I wrote a story that could use these elements.
It doesn’t mean that it’s great art, it doesn’t mean that I want to spend my life working with my limited resources, but it does mean that I could make a short from A to Z in three weeks, thus keeping learning my craft and building my resume (for lack of a better word) instead of waiting for months to have all the elements aligned. (A mistake I did once, and will never make again)
No-Budget means different things to everyone, which is why For Lovers Only “no-budget” claims didn’t resonate in me at the time, and I probably would have been more receptive if the Polish brothers had evoked the resources they had as part of their process instead of claiming they did a feature for $0.
There is a transparency attached to the concept of resource-based filmmaking I like very much because, as I’ve said before, nobody does a film with nothing and we all have different definitions of what something is.
And I do believe that writing for what you have (actors, locations, equipment and money wise) is the best way to make films happen.
Watch Boghosian full talk below, there is more to learn from him. While listening to him I heard myself thinking: ‘This guy feels real’; it was very refreshing to listen to someone that wasn’t trying to sell you a (misleading) magic/success story: