It is tremendously difficult to get a screenplay produced. Because of this, many screenwriters must break in with micro-budget or no-budget projects. Often, these are projects they can finance themselves. But not every screenplay can survive a micro-budget or no-budget production. Should a film's budget be considered before writing the first slug line? How does the foreknowledge of having a small budget affect the screenwriting process? Can you keep your screenplay budget lean without sacrificing content and quality?