IFH 350: Do You Want to Learn How to Make, Market and Sell an Indie Film?


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First of all, we made it to 350 episodes. HOLY CRAP! Thank you all for all the love and support that you have given me, this show and Indie Film Hustle in general. To celebrate I’m launching the first-ever MAKE YOUR MOVIE BOOTCAMP. The Bootcamp is a LIVE two-day intensive designed to show you how to make, market and sell a feature film. I’ve been working on this for months and I finally get to release it to the world.

I wanted to create a workshop that could jump-start people on their filmmaking career but with my flavor of course. Below is a fraction of what I’ll be diving into at the Bootcamp.

Ideas: Learn how to flesh out your ideas into a marketable film project.

Screenwriting Process: We go over the basics of screenwriting and discuss alternative methods of writing like scriptments and improv.

Finding Money: Alternate ways to raise money for your film.

Crowdfunding: Discuss the dos and don’ts of what makes a successful campaign.

Directing Your Film: I breakdown methods and techniques that will jump-start your directing journey.

Post Production Workflows: Where many indie films die. This won’t happen to you. I’ll teach you the proper way to set up your workflow and get you and your film to the finish line.

Marketing and Building an Audience: Once you have your film done you need to get it out into the world. I will go over proven techniques that will help you build and target an audience.

Submitting to Film Festivals: Tricks and techniques on what to do and definitely what not to do when taking your film on the festival circuit. This one section that will save you thousands of dollars and years of your life.

Self Distribution Models: I’ll teach you how to run a successful self-distribution campaign by using multiple case studies on how it is done correctly.

Avoid Predatory Film Distributors: It is shark-infested waters out there. We go over what to look out for when dealing with traditional and predatory film distributors.

Revenue Streams: I do a deep dive into how to create multiple revenue streams from your indie film.

Breaking Through Your Fear: I show you techniques to break through your own creative fears and finally make the feature film you have always wanted to.

PLUS: Two Surprise film industry heavy hitters will come into Guest Speak and answer questions.

Why Do You Need This Bootcamp?

Jump Start Your Feature Film

It takes a lot of time and energy to get a feature film off the ground, but it doesn’t have too. I shot my first film in 8 days and completed the entire process, from idea to final product, within 3 months. The film went on to be sold internationally and was licensed by Hulu. I will teach you the techniques I used to make this happen.

Marketing and Audience Building

In today’s world if you do not understand how to get your indie film in front of the right customers you are dead in the water. I’ve built a large platform with millions of eyeballs. I will teach you my secret sauce for audience building.

Avoid Distribution Pitfalls

There are a lot of predatory film distributors in the industry today that are all too happy to take advantage of you. If you are not careful you could end up making a non-tax deductible donation to one of these sharks and loss your film for 15 years. I will show you how to avoid these snakes and how to find a good distributor to partner with.

Actually, Make Money with Your Film

I will discuss the Filmtrepreneur® Method of filmmaking. Thinking more like an entrepreneurial filmmaker is imperative moving forward in the business. Creating multiple revenues and passive income streams from your film projects is the key to a sustainable career.

The MAKE YOUR MOVIE BOOTCAMP will be taking place on March 21-22 in Burbank, CA at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Burbank. If you want to get 20% off the ticket price CLICK HERE.

This will be EPIC. When you finish this Bootcamp you will be ready to make, market, and sell your feature film. I go over the details in this episode so take a listen and I hope to meet you in person at the MAKE YOUR MOVIE BOOTCAMP.

Alex Ferrari 2:42
Today, I'm celebrating episode number 350. But I'm also celebrating my first ever live two day intensive workshop which I'm calling the make your movie boot camp. Now before I tell you everything about what I'm going to be doing in this boot camp and what you get, if you decide to come out and join me live for two days of fun filled education, inspiration, and giving you the tools that you need to finally make the feature film Navy always wanted to make. Before we get into that I'm just gonna play you the audio for the 62nd commercial that's going to be running around all through Facebook, all through social media on YouTube everywhere else. But this gives you a real clear idea of what I'm going to be doing in the bootcamp. So take a listen. Have a feature film, but you have no idea where to begin. I feel you because that's exactly where I was when I first got started. And I finally decided to stop talking about making a movie and just go out and do it. I've been working in the film industry for over 25 years and I've worked with some of the biggest clients and stars in Hollywood. My first micro budget feature film was self distributed sold around the world and I even got a streaming deal with Google. I've condensed my years of experience into a two day intensive called the make your movie booth. In the bootcamp I break down how to flesh out your idea, the screenwriting process, finding money, crowdfunding, directing your film, post production workflows, marketing, submitting to film festivals, self distribution secrets and how to deal with distributors. If you click on the link below, you'll get 20% off the bootcamp but there's a limited amount of spaces. So sign up before we sell out. So stop talking about my movie, get off your butt and make it happen. See you there. And there you go. It is something I've been working on for months now trying to put together a curriculum that kind of just packs up to 16 hour workshop or boot camp and teaches anybody who wants to make a movie and has never made one kind of a crash course on what it actually takes to get a movie made from the very beginning to the idea all the way to actually how to create revenue streams and talk about the entrepreneur method a bit at the end as well. Now I want to just talk a little bit about why I'm doing this and what I'm planning to do in the future. I wanted to create a series of boot camps or workshops, for filmmakers, and for people outside of the film industry who want to learn how to make a movie, and have no idea where to get started. So this boot camp is really a primer, to go out and make a move. Because when you're done with this boot camp, you will have a head start a massive head start on anybody else who's just about to go down the road, I lay out every trick, every technique that I've learned in my 25 years, and also the last four years that I've been doing indie film, hustle, I've learned just immense amounts of information from all of my dealings, and my guests that I interview and I talked to, on air and off, and all these kind of nuggets of information that I have been able to grab along the way, I want to share it with you. And in this course, we will go through how to flesh out your ideas, how to, you know, the screenwriting process, how to use a script meant if you want to go down how to get a film made and up and running within 30 to 60 days, how to market that film, how to deal with post production workflow, how to deal with social media, and social media marketing and audience building, how to find that niche, how to target that niche audience, how to create those revenue streams, those ancillary product lines, those services, those things that you can build and sell out of that film and make it from that film, where at the end of the day, the film, you're not even making most of your money from the film you're making. That's just almost a loss leader. But we get into that pretty deeply in the workshop. Now, I also have two special guests coming out two big heavy hitters in the film industry, I had them come out to do a little guest guest talk and lecture, a one on each day one will be about film financing, and how to go out and raise money, how to just set everything up to actually find real money from real investors. And on the second day, my guest speaker is an expert in film festivals, as well as international sales and distribution, including hybrid distribution, and different kinds of models of distribution and how you can work that how you can talk to distributors, everything like that we're going to go over as well with him and in the class as well go a little bit deeper into it. And I'll also be including a q&a session each day to talk to every student and really dig into their project and how we can help them with their project. And we talk about it in the class. So we can really help each other and kind of grow together. So it's almost like a mini mastermind, as well as a boot camp, I'm really jamming in as much as humanly possible. Now those few bonuses that you're going to be getting, if you attend to make your movie boot camp is you will get a year access to indie film, hustle TV for free. That's 1000s of hours of film courses, documentaries, feature films, interviews, all sorts of resources for filmmakers on screenwriting and filmmaking, all of it included one year for free, you will get a copy of shooting for the mob, of course, and you will get a an early copy of my new book, Rise of the film shoprunner before it hits the streets before it gets released. Officially, you will have the first copies ever in the bootcamp. So that's another real big plus as well. And included in the price you will have breakfast, lunch and dinner included. So you have all your meals included. And we're going to do about eight hours probably maybe go a little bit longer here and there talking and things like that. But by eight hours, at least, that we're going to be jamming in as much as humanly possible. And to get you down. I want to download as much information as I can into your brains to help you on your filmmaking journey. Now, if you want to get 20% off the ticket price, all you have to do is go to m y m bootcamp that's make your movie bootcamp. So m y m bootcamp.com. It'll take you straight there, you can fill everything out. You will also get access to an exclusive Facebook group that's a private group that's only for students of the make your movie boot camp where you guys can mastermind with each other. I'll be in there as well answering questions. And you know, when you become a student of the maker movie boot camp, you know you're coming into a very, very exclusive family that will be continuing to support you for years and years to come. You're going to make a lot of contacts there. You're going to be able to get a lot of information, and you'll be able to ask me anything you like that specific To your film, your goals as a filmmaker, and really help your filmmaking career. Now a lot of screenwriters Listen to this. And this is also going to be simulcast on the bulletproof screenwriting podcast. So a lot of screeners out there have this wonderful script that they want to that they've been writing, or this done. And they're like, man, I can't get anybody to buy this. Because of whatever reason, I'm like, I want to tell this story. This is your opportunity to take a class to help you get your movie off the ground. If you're listening, and you have an investor, or group of investors that want to learn how this business is done, and how you actually go through this process, and you're part it's part of your team, this is a great boot camp to take, it really will give them a lot of information on this entire process. And I'm going to use a ton of case studies of things that have worked in the past. And I'm also going to talk about few things that didn't work. So you can stay away from that. And one of my favorite parts of the entire boot camp is how to protect yourself from predatory film distributors. And that includes some film aggregators. And I'm sure you know what the hell I'm talking about. But generally speaking, how to protect yourself from rogue film aggregators, and predatory film distributors, and I'm super, super proud about what we're going to be talking about, there is going to be a lot of inside knowledge, a lot of stuff that, you know, I can't really talk about publicly, but really can go deep into in the boot camps. So I really do hope you guys come out, there is a limited amount of seats, this is not going to be for everybody. So if you want it, you've got to act quickly because I feel that these seats are going to fill up. And once it's done, it's done. And I don't know what I'm gonna do this again. So this will be taking place here in Burbank, California, October 26 and 27th at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Burbank. So if you have any questions about the bootcamp, please email me at [email protected], that's bootcamp@indiefilmhustlecomm, and either myself or someone from my team will get back to you and answer your questions as soon as possible. And also, there might be a few other bonuses that I'm working on, to kind of toss it in there for you to make that kit even bigger and better than it is right now. So I'm working on that as well. But trust me, as we are right now, this is an immense amount of value that you're going to be getting in this two day boot camp. So I really am excited about this, I thought it'd be a perfect Episode Episode 350 to announce this and send it out to the tribe and hopefully to the world to as many people that can I can help with this boot camp as humanly possible. Now if you want links to the email, or you can't write it down right now, you can always go to the show notes at indiefilmhustle.com/350. And I'll have a link to the bootcamp there as well as direct email for any inquiries in regards to the boot camp. Also, if you're flying in from out of state or out of city, and you need hotel arrangements, we can help you with that, I've made a deal with the Hilton to give me discounted room rates for all of my students. So I cannot wait for this boot camp to come. Alright, I'm like Jones in at the mouth to teach everything I have planned in this boot camp. And I wish I would have been able to get this out a little sooner. But this whole distributor thing exploded. And I had to divert a lot of my energies and attention to helping filmmakers and helping the tribe with this whole distributor thing. So there is going to be some big announcements coming up in regards to this tripper and there's going to be possibly some bigger media attention coming. I can't say who yet. But I have been in talks and talks with some major outlets that are now just hearing about this, and are going to start making some noise about what's going on and how it's affecting not only myself, not only the tribe, but 1000s and 1000s of filmmakers this entire distributed debacle. So I'll also put links if you if this is the first episode you hear you haven't heard any of the distribute ones. I'll put links to those episodes in the show notes as well. So again, if you want to get 20% off, head over to mymbootcamp.com. That's make your movie bootcamp or mymbootcamp.com. Please spread the word guys to as many people as you can. This means a lot to me, I really am putting a lot of energy and a lot of effort into this. So please spread the word far and wide. Oh, and before I go I do have an update on the rise of the film shoprunner book that should be coming out November 7 or eighth. And we did push the release date because we're still going through the editing editorial process but we will be getting it out Buy November, early November. So keep an eye out for that as well. Thank you guys so much. Again, I'm humbled that we've gotten to this point at three, Episode Number 350. And thank you for all all the support that you guys give me. All the love and all the good energy that I get from you guys on a daily basis. It is my pleasure. It is my honor to serve my tribe every single day. Thank you again so much. As always, keep that hustle going. Keep that dream alive. And I'll talk to you soon.



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