Low Budget Does not mean Low Quality

Entertainment should be accepted in all format. Sometimes, a million budget film goes unnoticed. Several low budget films have proved successful in Hollywood as well as International cinema. In order to have huge profit Return of Investment (ROI), filmmakers should now focus on producing low budget films. However, making such films need careful attention and planning to meet the International standard and the viral marketing. Quite often, small films could walk the red carpet in International Film festival circuits and proved to be a fortune bag for the producers.
Now decide whether or not you really want to produce a film. Theme and subject should direct you to prepare a nice story. Especially making a documentary movie with originality does not classify it as bad just because it was done on a low budget. When you have a plan, start writing it down, Never disappoint with the progress, No man is perfect, you can’t expect 100 percent satisfaction even from the screenplay of James Cameroon of Titanic and Avatar fame. During the pre-production stage, prepare your shot list and draw or create storyboards. This helps you to know what shots you want to have in the film before going out to shoot them. Director of photography or the cinematographer would find the concept very helpful during the shoot. Let the artists rehearse themselves and encourage them to perform their inborn talents in front of the camera.
If you have a story that needs to be told it can be a complete team effort with real characters especially in the case of a documentary movie. Low budget it may be but definitely not low quality simply because you did not lay out millions. Often a low budget film with a touching story line whether it is real or fiction collects more at the box office than there expensive counterparts.

‘Controversial – a Jihad for Love

A Jihad for Love’ is a daring documentary-filmed in twelve countries and nine languages. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma has gone where the silence is strongest, filming with great risk in nations where government permission to make this film was not an option. A Jihad for Love is the first-ever feature-length documentary to explore the complex global intersections of Islam and homosexuality.
With unprecedented access and depth, Sharma brings to light the hidden lives of gay and lesbian Muslims from countries like Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, France, India, and South Africa. The majority of gay and lesbian Muslims must travel a lonely and often dangerous road. In many nations with a Muslim majority, laws based on Quranic interpretations are enforced by authorities to monitor, entrap, imprisonment, torture and even execute homosexuals.
Even for those who migrate to Europe or North America and adopt Western personae of “gay,” the relative freedoms of new homelands are mitigated by persistent racial profiling and intensified state surveillance after the terrorist attacks in New York, London, and Madrid. As a result, many gay and lesbian Muslims end up renouncing their religion. The real-life characters of A Jihad for Love are not willing to abandon a faith they cherish despite its flaws. Instead, they struggle to reconcile their ardent belief with the innate reality of their being.
The international chorus of gay and lesbian Muslims brought together by A Jihad for Love does not seek to vilify or reject Islam, but rather negotiate a new relationship to it. In doing so, the film’s extraordinary characters point the way for all Muslims to move beyond the hostile, war-torn present, toward a more hopeful future. As one can imagine, it was a difficult decision for the subjects to participate in the film due to the violence they could face.
However, those who have come forward to tell their stories feel this film is too important for 1.4 billion Muslims and non-Muslims around the world for them to say no. They are willing to take the risk in their quest to lay equal claim to their profoundly held faith.

‘Controversial – a Jihad for Love

A Jihad for Love’ is a daring documentary-filmed in twelve countries and nine languages. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma has gone where the silence is strongest, filming with great risk in nations where government permission to make this film was not an option. A Jihad for Love is the first-ever feature-length documentary to explore the complex global intersections of Islam and homosexuality.
With unprecedented access and depth, Sharma brings to light the hidden lives of gay and lesbian Muslims from countries like Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, France, India, and South Africa. The majority of gay and lesbian Muslims must travel a lonely and often dangerous road. In many nations with a Muslim majority, laws based on Quranic interpretations are enforced by authorities to monitor, entrap, imprisonment, torture and even execute homosexuals.
Even for those who migrate to Europe or North America and adopt Western personae of “gay,” the relative freedoms of new homelands are mitigated by persistent racial profiling and intensified state surveillance after the terrorist attacks in New York, London, and Madrid. As a result, many gay and lesbian Muslims end up renouncing their religion. The real-life characters of A Jihad for Love are not willing to abandon a faith they cherish despite its flaws. Instead, they struggle to reconcile their ardent belief with the innate reality of their being.
The international chorus of gay and lesbian Muslims brought together by A Jihad for Love does not seek to vilify or reject Islam, but rather negotiate a new relationship to it. In doing so, the film’s extraordinary characters point the way for all Muslims to move beyond the hostile, war-torn present, toward a more hopeful future. As one can imagine, it was a difficult decision for the subjects to participate in the film due to the violence they could face.
However, those who have come forward to tell their stories feel this film is too important for 1.4 billion Muslims and non-Muslims around the world for them to say no. They are willing to take the risk in their quest to lay equal claim to their profoundly held faith.

Save Money with Low Budget Documentary Movies

Many film producers and directors have proved that it is possible to produce a documentary movie, which are great and still classify as a low budget films. Low budget films usually come to mind as a movie that will not be a pleasure to watch simply because there is not millions of dollars involved.
Documentary movie production often means that a production has little or no budget and everyone tries to focus on saving as much money as possible. The first step in saving money is to get a producer of your documentary movie. Equipment rental is something else to keep in mind. Renting from standard renting companies for indefinite periods will cost a packet you may not be able to afford. Ask friend first if they do not have video equipment and even regular cameras will do a good job.
Before you hire anybody to assist, you rather ask friends and family first and use volunteers as much as possible. You may find that you need props for your documentary movie and after scouring your own home and those of family and friends, rather hit garage sales, flee markets and street markets for second hand things.
A documentary movie has other advantages in the fact that nobody expects high quality production and superb shots and expensive equipment used the idea is to capture something of interest to everyone that is important to you and the need to share it with the world. When you go guerilla and advertise as such everyone will know what to expect and no one will label your low budget film as gritty as they already know what to expect with a guerilla documentary movie. You will only need a tripod to keep your camera steady and a standard video camera, as you only need to focus on capturing the action you want to portray.

A Documentary Over Six Years

A Jihad for Love, from the director Parvez Sharma, is a documentary film made over a period of six years in twelve different countries. He aims to portray the issues that conservative Christians, Muslims and Jews have in their disdain for homosexuality. It is not the only documentary film on homosexuality, but often gay individuals are filmed in their yearning to be accepted. For the Bible Tells Me So, by the director Daniel Karslake and Trembling before G-D, by the director Sandi Dubowski are also low budget films in the line of A Jihad for Love.
The producers of this documentary are Dubowski, Sandi and Sharma and they successfully portray the incredible anger, loneliness, pain and suffering homosexual individuals have to live with. A South African Muslim, Muhsin Hendricks who wishes nothing else but to remain a Muslim, despite the suffering and condemnation of the Islam people and most of the world in general. Homosexuality in Islam is a crime, punishable by death and Muslim authority’s sees homosexuality as apostates of Islam.
This is a documentary movie that should not be missed as everybody will be able to see the world through the suffering eyes of homosexuals. It is amazing how they are able to keep their faith and many Christians, Muslims and Jews will be surprised at the strength of those homosexual people’s faith. Will it be possible for anyone else to survive through, persecution, hatred, repression and bigotry and still remain a devout faithful servant of their religion is a question many should ask themselves?
This documentary movie features all gay lesbians and homosexual people mostly living in exile and how difficult live are for them living as refugees and the fear they have for their families. It is indeed an eye opener and hopefully other people will be less judgemental and stop persecuting homosexuals.

A Jihad for Love

A Jihad for Love is a documentary film about gay rights of Muslim people living in different parts of the world. Both gay and lesbian individuals are filmed in this documentary movie, which incidentally are classified in the low budget films category.
Muslims from France, Canada, Turkey, India, Iran and Egypt are documented in gay and lesbian people in subcultures for homosexual communities. The documentary movie then follows them to the West where gay rights are recognised and more acceptable.
A South African, Muhsin Hendriks is the main focus of this documentary movie as a previously married man with three children that was forced into marriage to a women and kept his gay status a hidden fact for many years. As is often the case in low budget films the faces of people whose lives are documented are not seen, but what makes A Jihad for Love different is that you can see all the people portrayed in the movie. It adds to the depth and tragic lives that gay and lesbians often have to live with and the difficulties they have to overcome to be accepted by communities.
Debates with heterosexual people and gay Muslims is something that makes this a different type of documentary movie and the references the gay communities uses from the Quran. They still have strong traditional beliefs and views and want to be accepted for who they are as they get different types of answer when they quote the Quran.
A Jihad for Love is translated into nine different languages and filmed in twelve different countries and because of this it sometimes seem as if the documentary loses track of its purpose and appears a bit scrambled. The different lives and stories are not always quite connected it appears, but the focus still try to portray that homosexuality is indeed not forbidden in the Quran.

What are Documentary Movies

Unlike with soap operas, comedies and general television sit in programs, documentary movies come packed with educative information. Researchers the world over have realized that people who watch lots of documentaries are versed with current affairs. Documentaries range from governments, environments, animals, drugs, humanity among several other topics. Information on each topic handled is given in detail, in an easy to understand manner and very educative in the long run. Unlike with reality TV where the viewer is thrilled and once the program ends the same thrill disappears, with documentaries, the information garnered is registered in the mind.

Documentary movies come with other entertainment and learning. Whatever is viewed is real and factual unlike with soap operas where the story line is the fiction of somebody else’s imagination and cannot be applied in real life. Documentaries are real, factual, not stage managed or scripted, informative and educative. There is no need for PG ratings with documentaries. Parents can stand assured that their children are watching content that is non corrupted and in the end educative which could prove beneficial to their education.

Some of the documentary movies can be accessed for free online. Most people that watch documentaries do it online or merely download them to view them later from the comfort of their homes with their loved ones. Other sites offer documentaries for a fee in exchange for unlimited stream. This is however, not a very popular option because most of them can be accessed and downloaded for free.

Majority of documentary film makers, engage in documentary movies production as a craft or hobby. They are more interested in passing a message along rather than selling millions and millions of DVDs, which is what commercial movie makers’ target. Take the example of a documentary feature on the wildebeest migration in Africa. This happens only once a year. The film maker needs to observe, follow the wild animals around and even make not of specific behaviour, routes they follow and challenges they face in the process. This is what makes documentaries even more exciting.

It is something that cannot be accomplished in a day, a week of even a month. It involves being in the wild with the wild for months. These documentary film makers enjoy value and seek knowledge of whatever venture they undertake. It is not a get rich mission but it is something they love to do. The weather conditions and environment is dangerous and harsh. Requiring one to be committed, humble and very authentic. A novice in documentary movies will not produce as professional a feature as those who have experience in the trade.

Being alert is a must. This is because documentaries are produced in a non predictable and fast environment. It is not like in a movie where a bad scene can be redone. In this case if a scene is gone it is gone forever. There are no rehearsals and a film maker needs to be keen and alert not to miss out on any detail however minute. Many documentary movies have so much detail to the extent that a new viewer will be tempted to view them again and eventually get addicted.

The film crew travels to various remote locations while shooting for a documentary  movie and it is always a wise decision to obtain visitor guard insurance for traveling crew members; also look up movie staff site for hiring film crews. There are several film festivals that support and promote documentary films, such as the Sundance film festival and the American Documentary Film Festival .

Documentary movies

Documentary movies are an effort to showcase some sort of reality. Great care is being taken in choosing the scenes in such types of movies. Generally no actors or scripts are involved in such kind of movies .These movies rely on voice over recitation or narration which describes the scenes of the movie. It also includes interviews of people and their viewpoints.

These are low budget films without and they lack the backup of any large production house.  Where documentary movies used to be comparatively difficult to understand as a genre, contemporary documentarians like Michael Moore and have extended the general position of such type of movies.

The initial movies that came up were basically documentary movies and they featured only one shot of events. Later on these movies had some agenda on which they were based for instance Triumph of the Will, depicted the great heroics of Adolph Hitler. There were documentary movies that communicated their agenda itself without any narration as well.

Through the Wormhole: Can We Live Forever?

In this second season of the documentary series Through the Wormhole aired on the Science Channel. Morgan freeman will analyze with the help of science more of most intriguing questions of humanity Is There Life After Death? Is Time an Illusion? Is There an Edge to the Universe? Are There More than Three Dimensions? Is There a Sixth Sense? Are There Parallel Universes? Can We Live Forever? What Do Aliens Look Like? These are some of the questions that this new second season covers. Medical advances have doubled human life expectancy during the last centuries. But can humans ever beat death altogether? Can we control and fix the errors that build up in our DNA over the years? Can we find a way to replace the chemistry of life with something more durable?

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Through the Wormhole: Can We Live Forever?

NY Times Offers New Platform for Documentaries

2011 Independent Film Week announced a new addition to NY Times online edition in which documentary makers will be able to post 3-5 minutes Documentaries to spread awareness about their projects. Since this new online addition is likely to go live at NYTimes.com by October, contributors must send their submissions for consideration now.

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NY Times Offers New Platform for Documentaries