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From Budget To Philosophy, How Big Film And Independent Differ

Sep 18, 2017

When you go to the movie theater, you might see a film that went through dozens of rounds of focus groups, cost tens of millions (or hundreds of millions) of dollars to make and spent a year in post-production.

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Or, you might see a film with a much more modest budget, made with a crew of less than 50 and one camera. These are just some of differences between an independent film and one made with a major film studio like Columbia Pictures and 20th Century Fox.

Of course, the difference between an independent film and big-budget one might not be as visible to the audience. After all, A-list actors appear in both, and depending on distribution, they both can end up in movie theaters or on streaming sites like Netflix.

Filmmaker and film instructor Linda Burns joined "City Lights: host Lois Reitzes in studio to talk about the nuances between these two types of films, how they are made and what Georgia can do to foster its independent film scene.