In this class, you will learn proven, cost-effective filmmaking and business techniques for producing a $50,000 (or less!) film project. We’ll go step-by-step through the filmmaking process to discover tips and tricks for developing, planning, producing, and distributing a microbudget film.
Read more in Filmmaker Magazine: Why Make a Microbudget Film? Five Questions for Director Paul Harrill on the Virtues of Ultra-Low Budgets
What You Will Learn
Developing a script or story treatment that can be filmed on a microbudget.
Raising money from investors, fans, friends, and family (and the legal issues involved).
Pre-Production tips for an efficient and well-scheduled shoot with special attention given to locations, permits, insurance, and other mysterious production questions. (We’ll also discuss catering a microbudget shoot!)
Positioning your film for success on the film festival circuit.
Distributing your film via services like Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon — either through a distributor or by doing it yourself.
About the instructor
In 2005, Paul founded selfreliantfilm.com to champion personal, regional, and do-it-yourself cinema. His work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, IFP, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Aperture Film Grant, among others.