How we made a distributed hi-def feature film in 4 months for $2350

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Click above image to see the budget for “Guns and Weed, the Road to Freedom“.

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The director is the author of the book $30 Film School. We recommend it. It has almost everything we know on how to make a movie….Though that movie was written about miniDV, not hi-def, but most of the info is the same. For an update on the hi-def info we used to make Guns and Weed, check out this blog post by Michael Dean, “Lo-cost Hi-def video gear list“, which covers gear and software used.We also learned a bit (including how to do animations and greenscren, which we’d never done before) from the good guide Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book.  (I already had Premiere, got it free from Adobe as a review copy.)
This book also helped us with learning to color correct. We did that ourselves, as well as the sound mix, and the book gave us good tips on in-program audio compression and EQ. It also taught us all we needed to know about outputting for hi-def delivery to our distributor, outputting to DVD for promo copies, and outputting hi-def cleanly for both iPad and for YouTube.

Here’s a post by Michael Dean called Secrets of Home Recording (Including “How to soundproof your home studio for under ten bucks”), which has information on the recording techniques we used for the music and voiceover, and here’s another post if you’re on a budget. The sultry narration for the film was done by Michael’s wife, DJ.

The entire film was made for $2350, including the hi-def camera, in a period of just over four months. Here’s an interview with Michael and Neema about some of the specifics of how that all worked.

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This show moved and merged to the Freedom Feens

 

Future Michael Dean After Dark episodes will be Freedom Feens (it’s all good, and it’s all the same now), and will be available HERE.

Same schedule, plus the weekend day show, will be there.

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Bus-proof liberty – Michael Dean After Dark radio archive

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Thin libertarians Chandler St. Pierre and Michael W. Dean tell you how and why to make your own media and change the world, right from where you’re sitting right now, for free.

(Photo of Dutch Feen fan Mart vacationing in Malta with homemade Guns ‘n’ Weed t-shirt)

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Creamy Radio Audio (caviar sound on a cat food budget) is HERE.

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^Make a donation to help Michael spread the love. (Will come up as “99 Cent Film School”, Michael’s catch-all business name). Donations are NOT tax-deductible, but they might just make you feel really really good.)

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The Thin Libertarianism Diet – Michael Dean After Dark radio archive

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Michael W. Dean talks about “How to lose 50 pounds of ugly statism in a single night!”, libertarian trading cards, libertarian hero worship, and the many confusing types of libertarians that apparently now exist. Michael isn’t sure what kind he is, nor does he care. Randy England helps sort it all out, Michael still says “I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT IS!”

Download free Michael’s libertarian self-help/time management book, A User’s Manual For The Human Experience.

Download free music by Michael’s 80s San Francisco band BOMB.

Randy’s criminal Defense Blog: www.randyengland.com

Randy’s book, FREE IS BEAUTIFUL: Why Catholics Should Be Libertarian: www.freeisbeautiful.net

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The State is SO Square – Michael Dean After Dark radio archive

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Dianna Hooks and MWD tell you why you’re wrong about everything.

Get the great inexpensive mic our co-hosts use:

Creamy Radio Audio (caviar sound on a cat food budget) is HERE.

Donate Bitcoin, Litecoin, Namecoin HERE.

^Make a donation to help Michael spread the love. (Will come up as “99 Cent Film School”, Michael’s catch-all business name). Donations are NOT tax-deductible, but they might just make you feel really really good.)

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