The Complete Indie Film Producing Workshop
Award-winning film producer Suzanne Lyons is about to take you from script to screen and beyond in this Mastermind workshop. After producing a number of bigger budget features Suzanne thought producing the SAG ultra-low and modified budget films would be a piece of cake. Boy, was she wrong. Wearing 100 different hats was a challenge and she learned so much. And now she will be sharing all that great info with you. This workshop is unique in that it will literally guide you through the entire process of making your film.
The Complete Film Distribution Blueprint: How to Get Your Indie Film Distributed
Taught by Indie Film Hustle Founder Alex Ferrari, this course is an insider's look at how the film distribution side of the business works. It will teach you how to avoid predatory film distributors and aggregators, what to look for in distribution agreements, VOD myths, film deliverables, working with sales agents, and much more. Don't become a statistic. Educate yourself and thrive.
The HartChart Screenwriting Masterclass with James V. Hart
Drawing on three decades as a major film industry screenwriter and 20 years leading seminars and workshops around the world, J.V. Hart writer of Hook, Dracula, and Contact presents the HartChart screenwriting masterclass, his visual story mapping tool, and story system. You'll learn how to get your script production and market-ready.
How to Cast Bankable Actors In Your Indie Film
Content is king, but casting is key. Filmmaker, Shane Stanley shares his casting tips to secure talent that will elevate your project's value and perception but also reveals the essential dos and don'ts when negotiating the deal. Regardless of budget and your experience, there is no reason you cannot get talent attached to your project that you'll need to get it off the ground and surrounded with a cast you've always dreamed about.
Light and Face: The Art of Cinematography
This workshop will walk you through how to light the most important and emotional subject you could put in front of your lens, the enigmatic face on a low budget. This workshop is unique in that it will literally guide you through the entire process of making your film. Taught by award-winning cinematographer Suki Medencevic A.S.C.
How to Pitch Your Film Projects to Studios, Investors & Producers
In this Webinar, the Formula for the Perfect Pitch, you'll be introduced to a whole new way to look at pitching... with great suggestions to take you through the pitching process, whether you're pitching your self or your projects, pitching will become easy and fun.
The Indie Film Funding Formula
In this Webinar you're getting the information, tools, and strategies you'll need to enroll investors into investing in your projects. Also, included will be a detailed outline of how to prepare your sales presentation and a bonus pack of forms, business plans, and templates.
The Art of Improv Indie Filmmaking
Improvisation is a form of performance in which the players have no script. Free of conventional methods and constraints, improv gives filmmakers and actors complete freedom to explore characters and relationships in depth and capture genuine authenticity on camera. It allows you to speed up production, make more films, and ultimately save time and money by working efficiently at all stages of the production process.
Crowdfunding for Filmmaking Masterclass
This course will guide you through every stage of planning, creating, and running your film crowdfunding campaign. Crowdfunding is the only method of film finance open to all filmmakers, anywhere in the world and over $250 million has already been raised for films on Kickstarter. It’s based on research on over 50,000 film crowdfunding campaigns, interviews with over 50 filmmakers who have run a crowdfunding campaign and interviews with some of the top people at major crowdfunding platforms and services.
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Hollywood Filmmaking & Television Directing Masterclass
Veteran film and television director Gil Bettman teaches you how to enhance the drama in a scene, heighten the action by using different lenses and how to move the camera in your next film and video production. The key here is that camera movement must be invisible. It should serve the story without calling attention to itself. Next, learn How To Move the Camera most effectively by systematically fulfilling Five Tasks when designing each moving master shot. Finally, learn how a master of visual design like Zemeckis customizes his application of these Five Tasks to the unique demands of each scene.
Filmmaker in a Box: Learn How to Make a Low Budget Feature Film
FILMMAKER IN A BOX is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the making of a micro-budget (meaning REALISTIC BUDGET!) feature film. This is a look into how a professional near-no-budget film is made – with EVERY DETAIL available at your fingertips! FIB examines the EVERY detail (Over 18+ Hours) of the making of an independent movie called 2 Million Stupid Women (a comedy written by a woman!), which was made for only $100,000, made within the “Hollywood” system. If you want to make a feature, you need to take this course.
Guerrilla Filmmaking Academy: Learn How to Make a Short Film
This course houses a collection of short films by international award winning writer/director Alex Ferrari, founder of Indie Film Hustle. Included in this collection is over 9 hours (and growing) of a guerrilla indie film school (over 50 videos). Filmmaming Hacks goes through pre-production, production, post production and what to do after you're done shooting your indie film.
Directing Actors Masterclass
Years in the making, Directing Actors is the most comprehensive acting and directing training in the world. Created by Per Holmes, the course teaches a better way to be a Director, by having extremely strong technique, and the right philosophy and personality on the set. Through almost a thousand examples, we cover literally every acting and directing technique, every interaction between Actor and Director, and we cast, rehearse and shoot 9 scenes.
Visual Effects for Directors
The course is completely unique, in that it's about understanding exactly what to do on the set, so that more of the budget ends up in front of the camera instead of being wasted on fixing impossible problems in post -- and trust us, it happens every day, even by big guys who should know better. This is training that everybody needs, from Directors and DPs, to highly professional Visual Effects Artists, because the challenge is the same: to make some really good decisions during shooting that you know for a fact will work easily in post. Even many Visual Effects Artists haven't explored this aspect.
Documentary Filmmaking Step by Step
Get filmmaking secrets, from finding (and securing) financing, through surviving production, through distribution and everything in between from me, Adam Bhala Lough, a Spirit Award nominated, 3-time Sundance Film Festival alum and one of Filmmaker Magazine's Top 25 Indie Filmmakers to Watch. Who am I? I'm an internationally acclaimed 14-year vet with four documentaries currently on Netflix and three that were the #1 documentary on the iTunes charts. I've had an incredible amount of success in my career but I have also failed many, many times. You will learn where I failed along the way so you won't make the same mistakes.
The Dialogue: Learn from the Masters
The Dialogue is a groundbreaking interview series that goes behind the scenes of the fascinating craft of screenwriting. In these 70-90 minute in-depth discussions (over 37 hours in all), more than two-dozen of today's most successful screenwriters share their work habits, methods, and inspirations, secrets of the trade, business advice, and eye-opening stories from life in the trenches of the film industry. Each screenwriter discusses his or her filmography in great detail and breaks down the mechanics of one favorite scene from their produced work.
Storytelling Blueprint: The Hero's Two Journeys
Experience two of Hollywood’s most sought-after story experts, authors, and lecturers with Screenwriting and Story Secrets: The Hero’s Two Journeys. If you’re a screenwriter, novelist, filmmaker, game developer or storyteller in any arena, this course will empower you to captivate your readers and audiences to achieve both artistic AND commercial success. Modeling what works is the philosophy at the heart of this course.
Mastering the Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters with Karl Iglesias
In Mastering the Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters, bestselling author Karl Iglesias will guide students to identify and develop the key screenwriting habits of A-list screenwriters, like Ron Bass, Akiva Goldsman, Gerald DiPego, Eric Roth, Nicholas Kazan, Ed Solomon, Scott Rosenberg, and more. He'll offer an insider's view at how these pros discipline themselves, create original material, conquer the blank page, eliminate writer's block, network, pitch, and persevere in Hollywood. Modeling what works is the philosophy at the heart of this course.
WGA Presents: The Art of Screenwriting
These workshops have some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Dialogue and Description with Bruce Joel Rubin, Ed Solomon and Dana Stevens With Bruce Joel Rubin (Stuart Little 2, Deep Impact, Jacob's Ladder, Ghost), Ed Solomon (The In-Laws, Charlie's Angels, Men In Black) & Dana Stevens (For Love of the Game, City of Angels). These masters teach dialogue, character, theme, plot, structure and so much more.
Being True to Your Personal Story with UCLA's Richard Walter
Walter lectures on screenwriting and storytelling throughout North America and the world. He has written numerous feature assignments for the major studios and has sold material to all of the Big Three television networks. He has also written many informational, educational and corporate films, and is a 30-year member of the Writers Guild of America. Walter is also a court authorized expert in intellectual property law, in particular, plagiarism and copyright infringement. Join Walter in this video as he discusses his career and the importance of writing one's own personal story.
Screenwriting Masterclass: Crafting Complex Characters
You can’t have a great plot without having amazing characters. Strong character development will evoke emotions in your audience whether you’re writing a comedy, drama, or any other genre. To create great characters, you need your audience to connect in some way. Even if you love your characters, there is no guarantee your reader will connect with them. If you want to elevate your scripts and stories – AND your screenwriting or filmmaking career-- to the highest possible level, this class is a must.
FILM PRODUCTION COURSES
Shooting for Black and White Masterclass
Allen Daviau, ASC (The Falcon and The Snowman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Bugsy, Twilight Zone, The Color Purple) takes students back to the golden age of cinematography — the 1920's. He painstakingly recreates the shooting style by employing the filtration, vignetting, aspect ratios and shot coverage of the period. In doing so he evokes the spirit and dynamic of the B&W silent screen masterpieces. Denis Lenoir (Monsieur Hire, Daddy Nostalgie/, These Fooling Things, Paris Awakes Shuttlecock) creates an intriguing comparison to the work of Daviau by using modern cinematic techniques featuring a moving camera. He shoots with both color and B&W stock to make the comparison complete.
Location Lighting Masterclass
Location lighting, utilizing the equipment one truck can carry, is the most common task a young cinematographer will face. Geoff Burton (The Year, My Voice Broke, Flirting, Wide Sargasso Sea) condenses his many years of location lighting experience in this highly practical and useful workshop. Geoff’s approach emphasizes the maximum use of natural lighting resources (daylight and practicals) and imitating these sources with the light he adds. Geoff shows how to work with the limitations of location space and design (in this case three rooms of a cramped apartment) rather than against them. He demonstrates how fast stocks and fast work can be critical to success.
Kodak Cinematography Masterclass Series
This unique series, sponsored by the Kodak Worldwide Student Program, features nine of the world's finest cinematographers sharing their wealth of experience in a workshop setting, as they guide you through a series of professional lighting problems both in the studio and on location. 3-D computer animations are used to vividly illustrate solutions in over 7 hours of instruction.
Studio Lighting: A Comparative Workshop
Two internationally renowned cinematographers Don McAlpine(Moulin Rouge!, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Romeo + Juliet) and Denis Lenoir A.S.C (Paris, je t'aime), light the same shots from the same dramatic script in this back-to-back workshop. They vividly demonstrate how differences in creative style and approach affect the impact and tone of the scene.
Shooting For Drama Masterclass
Robby Muller (Repo Man, Paris Texas, To Live and Die in L.A.), Peter James A.S.C. (Meet the Parents, Driving Miss Daisy). Both were given the same script and set constraints. The beautiful images they created reflect their different backgrounds & philosophies on the art the business of filmmaking. Muller creates a moody and impressionistic feel & James creates a wider view of the dusty cafe. Both men prove to be generous teachers, sharing many creative and technical insights that come from years behind the camera. The video culminates with split-screen comparisons of each cinematographer's finished piece.
POST PRODUCTION COURSES
Video Editing with DaVinci Resolve + FREE Software
Whether you're filming an award winning feature length film you will need software to edit your video on. I believe that Software should be accessible and easy to use. DaVinci Resolve is FREE and accessible to everyone! It's just as powerful as Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro. Way more powerful than Sony Vegas or Camtasia. This course will introduce you to the software and get you up and running editing videos like a pro.
Final Cut Pro X Marks the Spot Editing Crash Course
The FCPX MARKS THE SPOT CRASH-COURSE is designed for anybody and everybody to learn Final Cut, Pro X, proficiently and efficiently enough to be able to import, edit and export their own content-- no matter if it's for a film, a branded social or for your YouTube channel. In just under 4 hours you will be taken the full gamut of importing, organizing, editing, coloring, titling, captioning, finishing and exporting -- no matter if you have previous editing experience or not!
Film Editing Pro - Hollywood Film Editing Masterclass
In this course, FilmEditingPro gives you Step-By-Step Training From Pro Hollywood Editors. They dive deep into what it takes to edit like a professional. To get you started they are GIVING AWAY 52 min of FREE lessons. All the videos are 100% free to watch (there's no catch) and are filled with professional video editing techniques and creative skills from real Hollywood editors. Just click the button to enroll for FREE.
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Film Editing Pro - Secrets of Creative Editing
Secrets of Creative Editing is a 36-lesson online training course. The step-by-step lessons will teach you core editing skills and provide downloadable footage and audio to cut a practice project. Taught by professional film & TV editors.
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Film Editing Pro - Movie Trailer Editing Masterclass
Trailer editing is a lot more than just picking the best parts of the film and stringing them together. A lot of work goes into connecting these seemingly unrelated moments together logically, visually and musically. This course is a one-of-a-kind course for anyone wanting to learn the craft of editing a trailer, regardless of genre.
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DISTRIBUTION & FINANCING COURSES
Film Festival Hacks: How to Submit to Festivals Like a Pro
Can't get your indie film into film festivals? Are you tired of spending TONS OF CASH, you don't have, on submission fees? Want to get the inside secrets to give your film the best chance on being accepted to film festivals? Save TIME and MONEY by learning what film festivals are looking for and how to position your short or feature film to have a fighting chance of being accepted.
How to Sell Your Film at the AFM (American Film Market) Workshop
Got a completed film? Have no idea how to sell it? How do I get my film to distributors? If you’re looking for the standard, Hollywood distribution, and are based in America, then the best place for you to go is The American Film Market. But the market has it’s own culture that can be overwhelming and difficult to understand. Luckily, Producer’s Rep Ben Yennie and Author of the First ever book on film markets has your back.
Pitching Investors Masterclass for Indie Filmmaking
Have a film idea or project but have no financing for it? Want to learn how to properly pitch your indie film to an investor? So you’ve got your budget, you’ve found your audience, and now it’s time to pitch. But this is no simple process, it’s a skill that must be practiced and honed. Yet many filmmakers struggle to create and present a pitch that brings results. So, how do you develop a good pitch? While we've done a few workshops to help filmmakers get feedback on their pitches, a lot of filmmakers just don't understand how to structure a pitch.
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING COURSES
Twitter Hacks for Filmmakers & Screenwriters: Get 10,000 True Fans in 10 Weeks
Are you not getting the results you want from Twitter? Haven't cracked the Tweet code yet? Are you ready to take your Twitter game up to a whole new level? Then is the course for you. You'll learn NEW SKILLS that they don't teach you on YouTube. The "secret sauce" I use is a gold mine. I'll teach you how to find, engage and eventually monetize true fans of your brand, website or product.
Digital Marketing for Filmmaking: Learn to Sell Your Film
Have a film idea or project but have no idea how to get the word out? Want to learn how to sell you film or brand? The world of independent film and media is rapidly evolving and the industry will be nearly unrecognizable within a few years. With the wide adoption of second screen viewing and cross-platform storytelling, it’s more important than ever for film and media makers to understand how to use the myriad of tools available to establish relationships with customers and monetize your film or video projects. These are big words and even bigger concepts, so it can be difficult to know where to begin.
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Taught by veteran award-winning film producer and author Suzanne Lyons. The filmmaker behind over a dozen profitable low-budget feature films.