Low Budget Video: 7 Scrappy Tips For Mobile Videography


November 26, 2019·8 min read

If you have a smartphone, you can make great videos. From focal length to framing up your shot, here’s what you need to know to create low budget videos with a high budget impact.

Napoleon Dynamite, The Blair Witch Project, and Paranormal Activity: Not only some of the most anxiety inducing movies ever made, they’re also three of the top 10 most profitable.

Napoleon pulled in $46 million on a $400,000 budget, Blair Witch made $248 million on a $60,000 budget, and the all-time winner Paranormal Activity—made by a married couple using actual home security cameras and consumer grade camcorders—resulted in a supernatural profit margin of 1,300,000%, earning an eye-popping $193 million on a $16,000 budget.

Other than a few tasty nuggets of trivia to impress your cinephile friends, why am I telling you this? Well it seems like a lot of businesses are interested in “scrappy” production, which I can only assume means low budget videos with a high budget impact.

Disclaimer: I work for Revenue River, a professional videography team, where we wholeheartedly believe that the right equipment is a necessary investment when you can afford it and can put in the time needed to learn how to use it.

That said, until you get there, you already have a camera that’s capable of creating excellent video content—if you know what you’re doing. It’s time to learn mobile videography so you can shoot killer low budget videos on your phone.

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