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Filmmaking: Write, Direct And Distribute Your Feature Film
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6h 33m

This course is designed for those interested to learn about filmmaking.

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About This Course

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
  • fundraising
  • 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.

10 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.

Get started today and learn more about filmmaking.

Course Curriculum

Section 1 - The Big Picture
Introduction 00:00:00
Your Story 00:00:00
Telling Stories On Film 00:00:00
Targeting Your Audience 00:00:00
What Distributors Think 00:00:00
Studio Politics 00:00:00
Section 2 - The Screenplay
Writing Your Screenplay Introduction 00:00:00
Story Outline 00:00:00
Script Formulas 00:00:00
Listen To Your Audience 00:00:00
Writing A Script You Can Film 00:00:00
Where Your Movie Will Play 00:00:00
Testing The Water 00:00:00
Find Your Script Locations 00:00:00
Film in Your Backlot 00:00:00
Working With Children 00:00:00
Working With Animals 00:00:00
Brands And Logos 00:00:00
Finalize Your Script 00:00:00
Title Your Movie To Sell 00:00:00
Test Your Script 00:00:00
Script Format 00:00:00
Make Two Script Versions 00:00:00
Section 3 - Pre-Production: Part 1
Pre-Production: Part 1 00:00:00
Building Your Team 00:00:00
Create A Contact Sheet 00:00:00
Set the Date 00:00:00
Script Dictates Shooting Style 00:00:00
Guerilla Filmmaking 00:00:00
Stay Off The Tracks 00:00:00
Section 4 - Budget And Fundraising
Budget Overview 00:00:00
Planning Your Film Budget 00:00:00
Crew Roles 00:00:00
Food 00:00:00
Insurance 00:00:00
Make-Up 00:00:00
Props 00:00:00
Costumes 00:00:00
Stipends And Deferred Pay 00:00:00
SAG/AFTRA Contracts 00:00:00
Music 00:00:00
Scheduling Your Shoot 00:00:00
Revise Your Budget 00:00:00
Traditional Film Funding 00:00:00
Crowdfunding 00:00:00
Section 5 - Advanced Publicity
Marketing Options 00:00:00
Create A Studio Website 00:00:00
Blogging 00:00:00
How To Get On IMDb 00:00:00
Facebook 00:00:00
Social Media Management 00:00:00
YouTube 00:00:00
Radio And Podcast Interviews 00:00:00
Section 6 - Pre-Production: Part 2
The Final Steps Before You Film 00:00:00
Effective Casting Announcements 00:00:00
Auditioning Actors 00:00:00
Notifying Actors 00:00:00
Atmosphere Actors 00:00:00
Creating Daily Call Sheets 00:00:00
Contracts And Memo Deals 00:00:00
Cast Rehearsal 00:00:00
Distribution Considerations 00:00:00
Planning Meals 00:00:00
Storyboards / Shot LIsts 00:00:00
Section 7 - Production
How To Run Your Film Set 00:00:00
Keep The Set Closed 00:00:00
You As Cinematographer 00:00:00
Setting Your Lights 00:00:00
Trying To Look Important 00:00:00
Filming Behind The Scenes 00:00:00
Still Photos For Movie Posters 00:00:00
Getting Enough Coverage 00:00:00
Recording Audio On Set 00:00:00
Post Production Starts In Production 00:00:00
Watching Dailies 00:00:00
Section 8 - Post Production
Overview Of The Editing Process 00:00:00
Organizing Your Footage 00:00:00
Editing Tips 00:00:00
Review The Rough Cut 00:00:00
Color Correction 00:00:00
Titles And Graphics 00:00:00
ADR – Automatic Dialogue Replacement 00:00:00
Sound Mix And Music 00:00:00
Section 9 - Distribution
Distribution Overview And Marketing 00:00:00
Traditional Distribution 00:00:00
Hybrid Distribution 00:00:00
Film Festival Circuit 00:00:00
Foreign Distribution 00:00:00
Aggregators 00:00:00
Authoring Your DVD 00:00:00
Google Alerts 00:00:00
Navigating Critics And Criticism 00:00:00
Life As A Filmmaker 00:00:00

Course Review


10 Ratings
  1. Anonymous



    Best course I have ever taken

  2. Anonymous



    Amazing course, Paul Bright is the bob ross of filmmaking.

  3. Anonymous
    Charles valentine August 25, 2021 at 09:32 AM

    Film making


    Great Course! Great Instructor! Paul is Awesome!

  4. Anonymous
    Michelle McMann March 30, 2021 at 22:50 PM

    Well worth it!


    This course is fantastic! Paul is SO knowledgeable! This course was well worth the price I paid for it.

  5. Anonymous

    Brilliant course!


    Very thorough, learnt an enormous amount and appreciate all the information!

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