Understanding the Low Budget Genre Film

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If you're a genre writer, you've probably heard a note (or several notes) about budget. Especially when you're starting out, it seems like everyone wants you to write a film that can be filmed easily, and is cost effective. But how can you deliver on a compelling story while being mindful of the budget? And how can you make sure to deliver on the expectations of the genre at the same time? 

To answer all this and more, Roadmap has this two week clinic to guide you through the low budget genre film development process! 

This Two Week Clinic Will Cover: 

  • Conventions and expectations of a genre film 
  • Creating a satisfying character arc
  • Delivering a big impact on a small budget 
  • Feedback on your story doc 
  • Live Q&A 

Week One - What Makes a Good Low Budget Feature

Date / Time

This week, we will cover: 

  • What is a genre feature? 
  • What are the expectations for these kinds of movies? 
  • What are elements to be mindful of when you want to write a low budget film? 
  • What are ways you can still deliver on the genre while keeping the budget low? 

Week Two - Story Doc Feedback

Date / Time

This week, your Instructor will give you feedback on your story doc and answer any final questions. 

More about
Zachary Allard
Creative Executive
Exile Entertainment
A graduate of Georgetown with a Masters in English, Zac Allard is currently a Creative Executive at management and production company Exile Entertainment, which represents award-winning writer/directors including Guillermo Del Toro (SHAPE OF WATER), Jennifer Kent (THE BABADOOK), and Josephine Decker (SHIRLEY). Zac has extensive experience working at numerous production companies and was one of the early readers on The Black List. In addition to developing/editing material with screenwriters and novelists and playwrights, Zac has published both creative and critical writing in a variety of journals and magazines.
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