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No-Budget Movie Shot with a Canon 5D Rakes in $200,000 Through iTunes

If you look at the Top 100 Movies chart in the iTunes Store, you might not notice anything out of the ordinary, but one of the movies (#43) is actually a no budget film shot using a single Canon 5D Mark II. For Lovers Only” is a romance filmed by Mark Polish and Michael Polish — known as the Polish brothers — over the course of just 12 days with a single actress (Mark himself played the male lead). The film has already generated over $200,000 in profits after being spread through word of mouth via social networks.

The brothers said that their hotels and some meals were comped; they shot and edited with equipment they already owned; and they don’t consider the few grand worth of meals, taxis and the like to be part of an actual budget. “There was not one dime that came out of our pocket specifically for this movie — besides the food we ate, but we had to eat, anyway,” Michael said.

In the end, Michael and Mark even had to make up some names for the film’s title sequence, which they wanted to stretch out to a reasonable length in order to fit the score that had been written by their friend Kubilay Uner. [#]

This is a great example of how the landscape for movie making, distribution and viewing is rapidly changing, allowing anyone armed with a prosumer DSLR and a whole lot of talent to potentially strike it big.

How the Polish Brothers Are Raking It In With a Stealth, No Budget Movie (via planet5D)


 
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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1444195588 Aaron David Cole

    I’d make jokes all the time about project I’ve worked on. I’d say “some people have big budgets, some people have low budgets…and then there’s us.”

  • http://www.article19.co.uk/ Article19

    “changing landscape”, what are you talking about? films have been shot with one camera for decades, where have you been? Also, how can it be “no budget”? What did they buy the camera gear with, the editing gear? Might as well pull this site of the RSS reader because you don’t write or do or say anything you just repost link and commetn bait to push your ads!

  • DocRobinson610

    Well those things don’t count because they didn’t buy those things just for the use with the movie. It’s gear they already owned and had been using prior to ever doing the movie. You can’t tag the price of completely separate purchases to future ventures which will use them. Just like I bought a D7000 last year, but If a year from now I so happen to film something with it, I won’t add the cost of the D7000 to production.

  • Peckermade

    David Lynch already filmed 10 years ago with single low-budget mini dv cams, and a lot of other guys did it too, Buena Vista Social Club by Wim Wenders for example…..there are also a lot of documentarys out there which have been filmed with simple mini dv cams and no-budget….. I would also say it’s not soo special right now.

  • Anonymous

    How much do we think the opportunity to see a famous hot Hollywood actress nekked factored into the sales?  Of course no budget, except for the thousands it cost for a crew to travel through France and buy all the gear it took to make this thing…

  • http://twitter.com/KeuleMedia KeuleMedia

    So having a Canon EOS 5D Mark II is no budget?

  • http://www.article19.co.uk/ Article19

    sorry dude but this is the same BS that came up with Blair Witch and Monsters. “Hey, here’s a movie we shot with nothing, apart form all the gear, travel, publicity, printing, distribution and the other money we actually spent.”

  • Polfilmblog

    What’s with all the smarmy hate?

    Could be an interesting movie (which nobody bothered to actually see before blathering, apparently).

  • Polfilmblog

    What’s with all the smarmy hate?

    Could be an interesting movie (which nobody bothered to actually see before blathering, apparently).

  • Polfilmblog

    What’s with all the smarmy hate?

    Could be an interesting movie (which nobody bothered to actually see before blathering, apparently).

  • http://twitter.com/Blackbird_2 Bob Dunkin

    Note, they said “specifically’ for this movie.  Also note that Twitter is free, and most of their ‘publicity’ was there, and there is no real distribution cost.  If you want to take food and taxis into account…fine, but like they said, they STILL have to eat, whether they’re making a movie or not.  So long as their not actually providing craft (with staff) they’re not spending any more money than a day where they weren’t shooting.

  • http://twitter.com/Blackbird_2 Bob Dunkin

    Note, they said “specifically’ for this movie.  Also note that Twitter is free, and most of their ‘publicity’ was there, and there is no real distribution cost.  If you want to take food and taxis into account…fine, but like they said, they STILL have to eat, whether they’re making a movie or not.  So long as their not actually providing craft (with staff) they’re not spending any more money than a day where they weren’t shooting.

  • Lydelle

    haha Polfilmblog is very right. I have questions of my own but if anything any other aspiring filmmakers should find this intriguing and inspirational.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1830496373 Niall Macaulay

    so they didn’t pay the guy who wrote the score – ? sets a bad example!

  • http://www.article19.co.uk/ Article19

    chill out, it’s not hate, it’s questioning another BS post from Peta Pixel.

  • Rafaelricoy

    The trailer looks like a too long parfum ad

  • DocRobinson610

    So explain to me how if i buy something at this very moment, then so
    happen to use it for something else 5 years down the line or however
    long does that piece of equipment figure into “cost of production” It’s
    weird that you can’t wrap your head around that. Not bought
    “specifically” for the project. It’s pretty clear cut & dry. By your
    logic, if you have a camera you have to factor it’s cost into every
    single thing you ever shoot with it when figuring out production cost…
    1 year from now, 20 years from now, because you own it.

  • DocRobinson610

    …extra thought. I will agree that the traveling should count, because I feel there was no other reason to do that traveling outside of the film. Food, you always have to have no matter where you are, so I’ll give them the food.

  • Epic Life

    dude, you’re a hater! Give the guys some credit, it’s a great thing to do and it’s great enough for you to post message after message trying to steal thunder from them.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AMXOIGQL5PPRCHJGXJKYWHPPGI Joe Mahma

    Hilarious. So if an A-list filmmaker makes a “no budget” film with a celebrity in the cast and makes money, that’s some kind of success story????

  • idrees

    Here’s a low budget movie called The Navigator. Watch the trailer below. It’s made by some australian director for under $5000.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Qy0Rs-iiro