It's no secret that times are changing fast. As someone who has been a big film buff my whole life, I can attest to the drastic change in production quality from low-budget movies made in the 90s and low-budget movies made today. The worse of the low-budget movies of yesteryear betrayed themselves with poor quality production - everything from the look and sound to the poster art just screamed "don't watch me!" Today, low-budget productions aren't as easy to spot - for better or worse.
Accessibility of Technology
A lot of independent, low-budget, no-budget, and micro-budget films are being shot on various devices, ranging from iPhones to Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras. And now with the affordability of drones, aerial shots are becoming more accessible as well. Each passing year, better #technology becomes available and drives down the price of the tech that came before it. This opens up the playing field to filmmakers from all walks of financial backing.
Proliferation of Viewing Platforms
The internet has made everything much more accessible to everyone. With Youtube, Vimeo, and Google Drive allowing filmmakers to upload their movies to the internet, it is now easier than ever to share them with friends, family, and other prospective viewers. The internet FTW!
Know-How Is Easier To Come By These Days
Information is much more accessible now than at any other point in known human history thanks to the internet. If I want tips on how to frame a shot, I can ask Google, who will refer me to many people that have written on the subject already.
Ultimately this is a good thing for all of us. Access to necessary technology is the first step to truly liberating filmmakers around the world. If the boundaries that separate independent artists from big studios continue to shrink, we will all benefit from a broader catalog of films to enjoy.