If you want to become a filmmaker you can buy a camera, get some gear and start shooting, but making a movie requires something more than that. If your goal is to shoot a picture without a big crew and a big budget, you need to think out of the box. There are many opportunities for indie filmmakers and things that you can do in order to save some money and you should definitely use what you've got. B&H uploaded a 1-hour long video seminar on this topic. It provides some information on how to take a personal project from concept to reality and maximize its potential in the marketplace, but of course you will hear many more ideas and tips that you could find to be useful. If you are a talented filmmaker and you know how to tell stories, you will have big chances to succeed with your project. Anyway check out the video for more details.
"Most video seminars focus on "the gear" when talking about the DSLR as a movie making tool, but few provide a case study, showing by example how to take an idea, create a project, and monetize it. There is a high demand right now for story-driven content for the web and beyond. We live in an age where the content creator is king/queen of their content's financial destiny -- the gates to the kingdom are open to all who are willing to think outside the box and do "the work."
And here's some more on Gail Mooney:
"Gail Mooney's film Opening Our Eyes won Best Documentary at the 2012 Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival, Best Documentary at the 2012 Orlando Film Festival, Utopian Visionary Award at the 2012 Utopia Film Festival, and Best Humanitarian Documentary at the 2012 Bare Bones International Film Festival. In this seminar she uses the film as an example of how she made her project happen."