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.
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
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.