|Which do you like more, large budget or small independent productions?
Smaller productions but one day soon I want to direct a big budget film.
small independent productions
Again, this is a question for a latter stage of my career. But as money is almost always the major inhibitor for our independent projects, I would have to say I would favor a bigger budget.
The ones with the best coffee.
I really have no preference, as long as it's good. I'm not one of those critics who thinks only foreign and indie fare is worthwhile.
Never been on large scale budget films.
But it depends on the risk I suppose. The small films are more personal but there is nothing riding on the success of the film but you forget that when things are more relaxed and you feel you might be making something special. With larger scale films the risk is higher but the security is there with the company. Either way, the more money involved doesn't mean the film will be better, just means the money looks like it might be on the screen.
small independent productions...although a large budget is nice.
I like larger budgets, not for breathing room, but for quality assurance. I like to run my shop like a basement-of-your-mom's-house kinda production, but the larger the budget, the more takes/the more time/the better the picture.
They both have their benefits; personally I would love to try a big-budget production so that you could have things done much quicker and not necessarily sacrifice any quality when trying to hit a deadline. That said, small independent productions will normally find interesting ways or methods of doing things that would usually cost big bucks in the movie biz. It never hurts to weigh your options though, you can end up with a big fancy looking film that got done within a certain time in order to make it to theaters or you could end up with an indie film that thinks outside the box but still works with how you intended it to feel and look.
I'm a big fan of independent film.
There's something to be said for both. Big budget isn't inherently bad, and small independent isn't inherently good. Films are a culmination of their parts. If everything comes together to make a great $100 million film, then it's just as good as when everything comes together to make a great $500,000 film. In turn, small films can be terrible, just like big ones. It really depends on the talent of the actors, the writer(s), the director, the editor, the crew, et. al.
When I have my first large budget, I will let you know.
Less is more.
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