Trying to make a movie without a budget? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The good news is that making a money cheaply is entirely possible if you have the right software on your computer. We’re going to go over what you need to have to make sure you finish your film while sticking to your minimal budget. If you follow our advice and tips, you may end up with the next Blair Witch Project on your hands. Stranger things have happened!

Movie Software for Small Budget Film Making

Here’s a list of some specific software you want to have on your computer if you’re doing film production with little to no budget at all.

 In the Office – One of the first things you can get – for free – is Open Office, which is a “clone” of Microsoft Word, one very important thing to get is a currency counter in case the movie bozos come and pay you an advance, also be sure to get a handy pdf to word converter. Another good idea is to get Skype so you can save money on overseas calls!

  • Editing

When it comes to editing your masterpiece, you don’t need to spend a ton of money to get something that’s going to work.

  • Lightworks (Best for linux)

We recommend using Lightworks, which runs best on Linux (Versions of MAC & windows are also available). Lightworks supports SD, HD, 2K and Red 4K broadcast formats.You can use its free version to make MPEG-4 format movies and the maximum resolution is 720p.

  • Kate’s Video Toolkit

If you are a starter in editing, Kate is best. Simple format conversion tool saves your time. Linking two videos, trimming and inserting custom audios make it a complete basic tool.

  • Avid Free DV (Best for mac)

They are not offering a free version now, but its older free version is available. Its simplicity makes the editing way easier.

  • VSDC Free Video Editor

  • MPEG Streamclip 1.2.1b6

  • VirtualDub

  • Graphics

  • Gimp

The good news is that there are a lot of tutorials out there for this so you’ll be able to know how to work it and get it to do what you want and runs on every operating system. It is the second most software in use (after adobe) and have huge community.

Seashore (Only available in  Mac)

After gimp it is the best alternative  for photoshop. Seashore and  gimp share same native formats

  • Paint.net

Only available in windows, and allot of plugin are available. Official tutorial videos are available.

  • Pixia

A basic but useful tool. Made in japan (english version is available). Layers, masks and other basic tools are available.

Others include:

  • Inkscape

  • Photoplus

  • CinePaint

  • Mac Preview

  • PhotoFiltre

  • Audio Editing – For editing audio – which is important for a film – you’re going to want to try Audacity or Frinika or free . Both are great ways to edit your audio tracks until you get them sounding just right. The best part is that you’re not going to have to pay for these programs.

  • Animations and Intros – Lastly, let’s look at some of the top software for creating animations for the beginning of your film.

  • Others – Most of the tools require windows. so make sure Microsoft Framework is upgraded. Audio recorder (free from microsoft), keylogger tools (for saving your keystokes), skype (for communication), high specification PC (for graphic and other processing) are some other basic tools that you definitely needed.

It’s easy to see why so many movies are being made these days when you look at the list above. There’s some really great movie making software that will help you get through post-production having your film look great. If you do happen to win any awards with your film, be sure to come back and thank us! Just kidding. In all seriousness, though, we love to help people so if you think this article was helpful at all, please write us a comment below. It’s possible to make a great film with no budget, but you need to make sure you’re using the best software available.