What Matters (and What Doesn’t) with Your Microbudget Feature

Our film Family Obligations tells the story of an isolated man learning to engage in meaningful relationships for the first time in his life. It wears its heart on its sleeve as a comedy-drama with no recognizable names in its cast and a minimal crew. We shot it around our home of Rockville Centre, New York, for $16,000 with an inexpensive six-year-old camera, budget LED lights, and the leanest, quickest shooting schedule we could create.