Why every screenwriter should have a low-budget screenplay in reserve?

March 18, 2020
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, As there may not be much else for many of us to do in the coming weeks, I thought a post on writing low-budget screenplays might excite?

Okay, I happened across a post by Jacob N Stewart of internet site ‘Screenwriting Staffing.’ In this, he extols the benefits of having a low-budget feature in your c.v. If you’d like to read his full article you can do by clicking here  or you can read my skinny of it below.

In his article, Stewart advises every screenwriter to have at least one low budget script in their portfolio. A screenplay that comes in at less than a million pounds.

In the 1990s, many films grossed a 20-50 million US dollar price range. Since 2o10 they have downgraded to 1-2 million budget with most budget films coming in at a million dollars or less. Which means that the person who pitches a lower costing spec script will fare better than one with a lavish, expensive script.

Some of the reasons that Stewart suggests people should pitch and write low budget films are:

a low-budget script will get read faster than one that isn’t.
it serves as an amazing ‘calling card’ for the writer
its a great way for an unproduced writer to get produced
it results in the writer getting a screen credit

Low budget films also help writers by moving them away from a script that is dependant on many locations and actors.
Stewart advises that writers would do well to develop a portfolio of 6 low-budget screenplays as this is the new way in to the industry.

Lastly, if you’re also a writer who dabbles in plays with a few scenes, then you are not far away from writing a low budget feature. Actually, there is so much more to the article that I would suggest reading it in its entirety.

Alright, now that you know what you have to do, off you go – write!

Til next week!

 

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