How to Get Along on the Set of a Low Budget Short Film

Have you ever wanted to make your first film, but worried it might cost too much? Making a low-budget short film may be the best use of your time. However, there are a few things you should be aware of before.

A Quick Lesson on Interpersonal Relations on a Film Set

Young filmmakers can be pretentious. Many of them try to impress others by affecting greater importance or talent than they actually possess. This can be a problem on a film set because the cast and crew need to get along to solve problems, and whenever crew members act arrogant around each other, it makes that nearly impossible.

Part of what acting arrogant is all about is when a person makes themselves out to be more important they are, while simultaneously pretending like others are less important than they really are. I’ve seen this on all the low-budget short film sets I’ve been on, and even on projects with larger budgets and a more experienced crew. It’s a toxic way to act anytime and anywhere, but especially on a low-budget short. In this environment, you’re doing something really hard, which is trying to shoot a film, with a bunch of people who are not super experienced. If they were super experienced, they wouldn’t be working for cheap or, in many cases, for free.

The best way to get along on a film set is to select the least arrogant people you can find. Shockingly, those people usually are the ones who are the highest paid and have the most experience so they might not make it on your low-budget short. However, still try to find constructive and humble people to surround you on a film set and do an inordinate amount of pre-production planning. That pre-production planning will hopefully give you fewer problems on set and that makes the whole process easier, regardless if you do or do not end up with a few pretentious apples in your crew.

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