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This is an all-encompassing guide for making an independent feature length movie.
By the end of this course you will have the information you need to successfully make a feature film that you can distribute around the globe to be seen by possibly millions of people.
I’m sharing with you my experience as a veteran screenwriter, director, producer and editor of 9 feature films. Normally film students pay a lot of money to learn this information at universities, and often all they really learn is cinema theory. These videos tell you what you need to do and how to do it to make your movie.
This course covers:
- the basics of screenwriting
- turning your screenplay into a shooting script
- organizing and scheduling your film shoot
- tips on saving money
- calculating your budget
- contracts you’ll need with cast and crew*
- basic tips for filming, lighting and recording audio
- basic film editing instruction and concepts, along with tips to make the editing easier
- tips for finishing the film to give it the professional look
- thorough review of distribution options for your movie
- and tons and tons of details about all the steps in between
The videos include lectures, demonstrations and examples illustrating the information I’m sharing. This course also includes sample spreadsheets, sample contracts, and a list of additional resources. You will get all the forms and resources I use to make a movie.
I LOVE filmmaking. I LIVE to make movies. If you have a story you want to tell, this course gives you the tools to do it. I’m not a lawyer. These sample contracts are not legal advice.
What are the requirements?
- You need to have access to a computer with basic writing software.
- You will need access to an HD camera. (You could even use your cell phone.)
- You will need to download video editing software to your computer.
What will I learn?
- Write a screenplay
- Schedule and organize the entire film production
- Raise funds to pay for making the movie
- Find the cast, locations, costumes and props
- Film the movie using lighting and camera angles that tell the story
- Understand the basics of film editing
- Choose the right distribution options for releasing the movie
Who is the target audience?
- Anyone with a burning desire to make movies.
Our Promise to You
By the end of this course, you will have learned how to write, direct and distribute your feature film.
30 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.
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Section 1 - The Big Picture
Telling Stories On Film
Targeting Your Audience
What Distributors Think
Section 2 - The Screenplay
Writing Your Screenplay Introduction
Listen To Your Audience
Writing A Script You Can Film
Where Your Movie Will Play
Testing The Water
Find Your Script Locations
Film in Your Backlot
Working With Children
Working With Animals
Brands And Logos
Finalize Your Script
Title Your Movie To Sell
Test Your Script
Make Two Script Versions
Section 3 - Pre-Production: Part 1
Pre-Production: Part 1
Building Your Team
Create A Contact Sheet
Set the Date
Script Dictates Shooting Style
Stay Off The Tracks
Section 4 - Budget And Fundraising
Planning Your Film Budget
Stipends And Deferred Pay
Scheduling Your Shoot
Revise Your Budget
Traditional Film Funding
Section 5 - Advanced Publicity
Create A Studio Website
How To Get On IMDb
Social Media Management
Radio And Podcast Interviews
Section 6 - Pre-Production: Part 2
The Final Steps Before You Film
Effective Casting Announcements
Creating Daily Call Sheets
Contracts And Memo Deals
Storyboards / Shot LIsts
Section 7 - Production
How To Run Your Film Set
Keep The Set Closed
You As Cinematographer
Setting Your Lights
Trying To Look Important
Filming Behind The Scenes
Still Photos For Movie Posters
Getting Enough Coverage
Recording Audio On Set
Post Production Starts In Production
Section 8 - Post Production
Overview Of The Editing Process
Organizing Your Footage
Review The Rough Cut
Titles And Graphics
ADR – Automatic Dialogue Replacement
Sound Mix And Music
Section 9 - Distribution
Distribution Overview And Marketing
Film Festival Circuit
Authoring Your DVD
Navigating Critics And Criticism
Life As A Filmmaker
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