This chapter offers suggestions for filmmakers who hope to make low-budget or "no-budget" movies with a professional look but costing as little as possible. These conditions apply to most student productions and to those of independent filmmakers who do not want to or cannot presell certain rights to raise financing. In most cases, these films also lack the elements that usually qualify for pre-sales to foreign territories or market segments: stars and established directors. These tips also might be of interest to filmmakers who want to retain complete creative and business control of their projects. The chances of a low-budget production becoming a "surprise hit" are slim, though, considering the market and mechanisms of the film business; it is still possible, however, for a picture to be discovered at a festival, find an audience, and, if nothing else, gain enough critical praise to help the filmmaker or producer launch another project.