Shooting on location for a film

Certain Women is one of the most atmospheric indie films I’ve seen this year. Taking place in rural Montana, there are many shots of the wide open landscape that seem to come from a larger budget.

Even so, director Kelly Reichardt had problems shooting on location for these beautiful shots. According to an article by Kristen Page-Kirby,  Reichardt had a challenge of choosing where to shoot:

“To be honest, I shot so much outdoor film because when I started I just couldn’t afford lights…”

“I set it up as a challenge for myself: I had to have some interiors in this film,” she says. “I had to conquer that.”

If someone that has years of experience directing films has trouble with trying to find locations to shoot, then an indie filmmaker who only has a small youtube channel  and a much smaller audience than a distributed indie film will have even more trouble.

And it’s true. “It can be pretty hard trying to find a place to shoot, especially in public,” said indie filmmaker Kate Bishop.

Sometimes a backyard will have to do for a film set.

In addition to trying to accommodate the schedules of actors, Bishop’s work doesn’t get any easier for filming, trying to film in public places, like bus stops, backyards and inside buildings.

“Sometimes, the takes don’t turn out the way they should’ve, and it sucks having to try again in a place that’s busy,” she said.

While filmmaking can seem like a hopeless waste of time at points, it can be the best feeling in the world when, “something goes right for once on a take,” she said.



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