Low / No Budget Filmmaking Workshop

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We offer an evening masterclass on low / no budget filmmaking, which draws on Spectacle's two decades of experience.

Unfortunately, if you wait for your work to be funded it will probably either never get made or you will lose control of your project. The workshop aims to equip aspiring filmmakers with the knowledge necessary to go ahead and make their production themselves on a shoe-string budget. 





- Basic budgeting

- Principles of costings

- Using a spreadsheet

- Techniques for keeping costs to a minimum

- Approaches to equipment - to buy or hire

- Getting the best value from technology

- Deferred payments, "in kind" contributions

- Music, archive and copyright issues

- Just do it versus self exploitation

- Organisational strategies when there is no money

- Open accounting

- Funding strategies




Mark Saunders is an award-winning independent filmmaker, media activist and writer. His expertise in the field spans over two decades.

He is currently running Spectacle Productions, a company which he founded in 1990. Clients have included Amnesty International, Channel 4, the Rowntree Foundation, the Howard League for Penal Reform, Council of Europe, Groundwork, the London Health Commission, and many others.

His films have been broadcast internationally and exhibited at galleries, including Tate Britain, the National Film Theatre, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Musee des Beaux-Arts, the National Media Museum and the Photographers Gallery.

Alongside production work, in 1990 he was a founding member of INURA (International Network for Urban Research and Action).

Mark has also been teaching for over 15 years, and has been a visiting lecturer at a number of institutions, including London School of Economics, the Royal College of Art, the London College of Communications, Bournemouth, Florence, and Coventry Universities. He is currently teaching at Birkbeck College.

Spectacle is a member of the Moving Image Training Alliance (MITA).





Sorry, we don't have anything scheduled at the moment, but if you're interested in taking this course please get in touch anyway - we may be able to schedule additional dates to meet demand.

If you are booking for a group we may be able to arrange additional dates, tailor the course to suit your needs and/or travel to your organisation/company within the EU to deliver training on site. Please contact us for a quote.



2.5 hours (usually from 19.00-21.30)


No. 25
99 - 109 Lavender Hill
London SW11 5QL



£55/ £36 concessions

(concession rate for unemployed people and full-time students)



Group bookings

- Bookings for three to five people: 10% discount
- Bookings for six people or more: 20% discount

Multiple bookings

- receive a 15% discount if you book a place on our Digital Editing Workshops.




Please complete the Booking Form to reserve a place on this workshop.

Also, please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before reserving a place on one of Spectacle's training courses.

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