What is Low Budget Code?

Hi, my name is Raul Torres! If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed I am a huge movie fan. I’ll watch anything from the latest chick flick to the summer’s big budget comic book adaptation.  I have a special place in my heart for horror movies, especially the low budget ones. When I am not watching movies I am usually working on the code that powers my latest idea.

What do low budget movies have in common with coding and software development?

venndiagram Low budget filmmakers and software developers have been creating the next big thing before for years. They have invested their own time and money to create projects straight out of their garage. They face the same challenges from budget constraints to tight deadlines.  They are rule breakers and disruptors that change the world. The final product may differ, but the entrepreneurial spirit is the same.

Low budgets films have been the proving ground for various directors. James Wan’s short film Saw led to a full length movie. He recently directed the latest Fast and Furious movie. Quentin Tarantino’s didn’t include the heist scene in his first film, Reservoir Dogs, due to budget constraints. Despite having limited resources these filmmakers managed to put together amazing projects in a short amount of time.

What is Low Budget Code?

  • Low budget code is the proof of concept you put together to learn a new technology
  • Low budget code is the demo you create to get your manager to buy in on your idea
  • Low budget code is the side project that lands you your next big opportunity

Software developers can learn a lot from film makers, and the best place to start is with the low budget filmmaking. No matter what your goal is, you can use small projects to boost your skill set and career. I’ll be writing about how to create your own low budget code projects and various software development topics, while exploring the connections to the world of filmmaking.

And now, on to our feature presentation…

-RT