Shooting any sort of film on no budget is always a daunting task and sometimes you can't buy out a location or do all the paperwork in time. So here's a guide to the resources you will need to film something on little to no budget.
What you Will Need
Shot List And An Idea
I'm not going to get into what a shot list is or how to make one in this guide but is generally a basic list of every shot you are going to take that day broken down into a rough schedule.
Lighting is one of the most important aspects of film making. Fortunately, lighting equipment is affordable because we can manipulate the sun with a bounce and we won't need any actual lights in this because you need to be mobile to move from place to place. For this music video a 5x5 ft white paper board that you could pick up from Home Depot for about $20.
You're going to need a camera; any camera. On this day we just happened to have Brian's RED Mysterium-X lying around with a Zeiss lens collection Brian's been putting together. But when I first started all I had was a Canon T3i, a kit lens and a $20 Amazon Basic's Tripod. When it comes to filming, as much a the camera and lens' matter, a huge portion of the look and feel of film comes down to direction, color grading, editing, lighting, and story. So don't feel like you need to get a RED or a Leica, because that won't make you a better filmmaker it'll just put a dent in your bank account.
Tripod, Gimbal or Flycam
You're going to need something to stabilize your camera. If your camera is less than 6lbs the Amazon Basics Tripod should be more than enough to lock off your shot. If you have a RED where the body itself is 5lbs you might want to shoot on something like this Manfrotto.
Stability systems makes it so you don't get that shake-y camera I just came out of the Blair Witch Project look, you need them to get a good locked off shot or a dynamic sweeping shot. They come in all prices and ranges, Gimbal's like the DJI Ronin that we had are a bit on the pricier side, but we rented it from a local rental house instead of shelling out the $2k you would typically need to pick one up. A Flycam ($150) is a more affordable version of a Gimbal they both generally do the same thing, the Flycam just takes a bit of initial practice to get everything set up and balanced but most times you can achieve the same shot or same type of shot with a Flycam.
These are people that like you and want to help you in exchange for high fives and a lunch. They will be your extras, they will manage your props and help out the production crew when they need it.