Budgeting for short or independent films
Approaching Crowd-sourced funding
Stu Maschwitz is a filmmaker, visual effects supervisor and the Creative Director of Red Giant Software, where he helped develop Magic Bullet Looks, BulletProof, Colorista II and more. In the past, he was a VFX artist and supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) for four years, and then co-founded visual FX company The Orphanage in 1999, who did FX for several movies including Joon-Ho Bong’s monster film The Host (2006), Iron Man (2008) and more
Every film-maker starting out wants to make the best short film, and get the best people and equipment to make it happen - but often with little or no budget at all, all in the hope that the idea is strong enough to get investors and potential co-workers to commit.
When viewing shorts, it’s easy to be lured by Hollywood-style plotting, explosions and photorealistic animation. ‘Voyager’ reminds us the abstract can be just as compelling...