The Business of Microbudget Filmmaking

In this class, you will learn proven, cost-effective filmmaking and business techniques for producing a $50,000 (or less!) film project.

10–5pm (Theater)
  • Part 1 – May 13, 2017

Take as many classes as you like for $350 month


Take as many classes as you like and a daily workspace for $450 month

No minimum purchase required!

Unlimited Classes

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.

Why Make a Microbudget Film? Five Questions for Director Paul Harrill on the Virtues of Ultra-Low Budgets

Hear what past participants thought of the workshop!

“Paul Harrill is a fantastic teacher!! I will attend any class he ever has in the future at the Media Center. He understands every aspect of filmmaking from the ideation phase to production and down to the nitty gritty of post-production! Truly great class, I wish it was 3 sessions long instead! I feel that 3 sessions would have given more time to expand on certain subjects.”

“Paul was extremely helpful in navigating the complex landscape of micro budgeting film making. He was also very generous with his resources and was very inspiring to myself and the room as a whole. I look forward to taking more classes at the Media Center because of this experience.” 

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

Paul  Harrill

Paul Harrill

Paul Harrill’s films have screened around the world at festivals, museums, and on television. SOMETHING, ANYTHING, Harrill’s microbudget debut feature, was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick, earned an “Essential Viewing” tag from The Dissolve, and was called a work of “simple, unforgettable beauty” by The film was listed as one of the Top 25 Best First Features in IndieWire’s 2015 Year-End Critics’ Poll. Harrill’s other films include the shorts Gina, An Actress, Age 29, which won the Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival and Quick Feet, Soft Hands, a co-production with the Independent Television Service starring Greta Gerwig.

In 2005, Paul founded 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.

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