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Access hundreds of hours of online courses, workshops & seminars taught by some of the film industry's greatest minds.

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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.

Independent Film Producing Masterclass with Suzanne Lyons

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.

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.

SCREENWRITING COURSES

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.

DIRECTING COURSES

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.

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.

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.
30% Off - COUPON CODE: HUSTLE

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.
30% Off - COUPON CODE: HUSTLE

FILM PRODUCTION COURSES

DSLR Filmmaking Masterclass

Learn DSLR Filmmaking from Pre-Production to Post-Production. In this course, you will learn to capture quality video with your standard DSLR. You will learn how to capture quality video, capture clear sound, how to set up lights and much more!

The Definitive Super 16mm Film Masterclass

Why the hell have you created an online Super 16mm Film Course? Because believe it our not there are a ton of television productions, feature films and indie films that are shooting on Super 16mm film. The need for education in the craft of shoot celluloid is great. After getting many requests for this information instructors Alex Ferrari (Indie Film Hustle) and Egon Stephen Jr. (Cine VideoTech) decided to put together the DEFINITIVE Educational resource for anyone interested in shooting in Super 16mm film.

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.

CINEMATOGRAPHY COURSES

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.

The Master Course In High-End Blocking & Staging

Years in the making, The Master Course In High-End Blocking & Staging is the most comprehensive and ambitious camera blocking course in the world. A groundbreaking learning tool used by everyone from beginners to Academy Award winners, the course teaches high-end camera work through over 9 hours of 3D animated instruction.Besides working with actors, blocking is one of the most important things a Director does, and should be really good at. Yet most books, videos and many film schools barely touch the basics.
30% Off - COUPON CODE: HUSTLE

Hot Moves: The Science of Awesome

This course is all about making single shots and master shots look absolutely awesome. Hot Moves focuses on a very different angle of how to make single shots look super expensive and sexy for their own sake. What is fascinating is that the vast majority of truly awesome and trailer-worthy shots come from just a handful of techniques, which we explore in Hot Moves.
30% Off - COUPON CODE: HUSTLE

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 - 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.

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.

Crowdfunding Your Film with Emily Best

Raising money and gathering resources is crucial for making movie dreams a production reality. In Crowdfunding Your Film, Emily Best will lay out your options for getting early support and identifying the fundraising sources that will bring your work to life. You’ll learn how to develop a community of contributors and supporters that ensure you have the resources you need to make your vision come to life. You will also learn to build momentum so your audience will follow your film creation from beginning to end and your film has an audience from the beginning.

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING COURSES

Twitter Hacks: 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.

Facebook Hacks: Mastering Marketing and Branding on Facebook

Are you a business owner struggling to generate leads (and exposure) for your indie film, production company or online business? Tired of having that gut-feeling like you're “missing something" and want to FINALLY learn a PROVEN (step-by-step) system for marketing on FB that actually WORKS!?! This course is for you.

Instagram Mastery: The Beginners Guide To Marketing On Instagram

Instagram has become one of the most popular social networking channels for businesses of all sizes. If you’re ready to harness the power of Instagram, this course will detail every marketing technique that works.Through straightforward, easy-to-understand instruction, you’ll move through seven courses that are packed with information that you can apply right away.

Snapchat Mastery

Snapchat is one of the fastest growing social networks of the decade. Since its inception in 2011, it has grown to 10 billion daily video views (head to head with Facebook) and 150+ million daily active users. Keep yourself in the know by learning the fundamentals that will help you seamlessly use the platform with confidence.

ALEX FERRARI'S BOOKS - AMAZON #1 BEST SELLERS

I write books to help you on your filmmaking path.

"Alex Ferrari’s Rise of the Filmtrepreneur is an absolute must-read for serious indie filmmakers seeking to build a sustainable living from making movies. This is a radical shift in the current thinking about how to make money as a creative and puts the power back into the hands of the filmmaker. It is an inspiration.”
- Chris Gore, Film Threat

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