Hey Meg, great question.
For the Binge we actually didn’t have a budget at all. It was all self funded and involved calling in a lot of favors.
Granted we’ve been at this for a long time so we’ve got access to equipment/locations/talent/etc that not everyone has. But I’d say that while not having a budget is definitely limiting, there’s always workarounds and it really depends on the story you want to tell and how you want to present it.
Something I’ve learned in this business is that no matter what you’re doing there’s basically never going to be enough time and money. Even huge productions with huge directors, you’ll often hear stories about how they had to get scrappy to make something work.
And one of the best lessons I think you can learn as an artist and a filmmaker is how to turn your adversity into advantage.
In this business you need to be able to constantly adapt and learn to make the most out of what you’ve got, even if it’s very little.
So while you might not be able to shoot a scene with a unicorn in space, you can figure out a story you want to tell and how you can tell it within the confines of a limited budget.
You just have to be willing to put in the time and work and find other people who want to create that are willing to do it with you (easier said then done sometimes I know).
So all that said, I’d say it goes back to that same concept I was saying earlier about mindset. You see each project as a puzzle and learn to enjoy the process of solving it.
As just a random example, in our original web series Break a Leg, we had a location that called for something an espionage headquarters. We lost the location we had planned on and didn’t have the budget to get anything else so we ended up renting a Uhaul and creating a mobile espionage station out of the back of it. It ended up creating a pretty hilarious visual and a memorable location and we never would have thought of that had we not been placed in the position where we needed to.