gory effects may enhance your overall storyline, but producers and investors will want to know if these effects are doable within their budget. You may also decide to fund your low budget horror movie yourself and don’t have the money for a top notch special effects make-up crew or CGI. How do you make movie-goers squeamish without a budget? How can I tailor my concept to appeal to low-budget movie producers?
I asked award winning special effects make-up artist, Dirk Rogers, on some tips for writers who want to cater their scripts for the low-budget horror movie market. Rogers has been in special effects make-up for over twenty years and he’s credits include: Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, The Walking Dead, I am Legend, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Hills Have Eyes, Drag Me to Hell, The Mist, The Amityville Horror, and more. Here are Dirk’s top four tips to keep in mind while writing your low budget horror film.
1. Save it for the big reveal. Dirk suggests, “For low-budget monster movies I recommend you save all of your budget for the big reveal at the end of the film. Writing in too many little gags before your big reveal will blow-up your budget and basically take away from the money you would put into your monster’s big reveal. Since these types of films are all about the monster; you want your monster to look as good as possible. Both Jaws and Alien did this. With Jaws the shark’s big reveal at the end of the film was not intentional. The special effects…
healthy all week, and then splurge on a pint of
superpremium H agen-Dazs ice cream on the weekend, or
might brown bag it for lunch but buy an expensive Starbucks latte and pastries for breakfast.
16. The vigilant consumer: Intolerance for shoddy products and
poor service. Vigilant consumers want companies to be
more aware and responsive, so they act up, boycott, write
letters, and buy green products.
12. 99 lives: The attempt to relieve time pressures by doing
many things at once.…