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No Budget, No Limits: Inspiration for Amateur Production

"Improve your films not by adding more equipment and personnel but by using what you have to its fullest capacity. The most important part of your equipment is yourself: your mobile body, your imaginative mind, and your freedom to use both. Make sure you do use them."
- Maya Deren

100 films for low/no-budget inspiration. Formal ingenuity, creativity, new ways of approaching film - all made on very low budgets. The more movies I watch, the more I realize that the cheapest tend to be the most exciting. List assembled on 11/25/19 based on current tastes, will go untouched.

There are 20 crime films in this list.

  • Assault on Precinct 13
  • Blast of Silence
  • Bullet Ballet
  • Carne
  • A Colt Is My Passport
  • Cut-Throats Nine
  • Deadbeat at Dawn
  • Elephant
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
  • Hunters' Sense of Touch
  • Love Is Colder Than Death
  • Mean Streets
  • Murder by Contract
  • Noisy Requiem
  • Pusher
  • Shuffle
  • The Silent Partner
  • Supermarket
  • Take Aim at the Police Van
  • Ten Monologues from the Lives of the Serial Killers