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Film Producing

Film Producing
Brand: Martin Shapiro
Product Code: FTV 140
Availability: In Stock
Price: $149.00

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To have a successful career in Hollywood requires tenacity, passion, good story ideas, luck, and money. If you've never made a film before, this comprehensive, thought-provoking workshop will show you how to do it on a low budget. Using a variety of independent movies as examples of what works and what doesn't, the instructor will lead you through the entire production process from shooting script to final cut. You will learn how to:

  • Rewrite your script to fit the realities of a low budget production
  • Get a star actor to be in your movie and leverage their name to generate foreign pre-sales
  • Manage production logistics using forms, contracts, and software
  • Assemble a knowledgeable crew even if you have little money to pay people up front
  • Rent the right video, audio, lighting, and grip equipment. Every piece of equipment is covered in detail.
  • Use low-cost technology to produce expensive looking movies
  • Stage the scene properly and get sufficient shot coverage to make editing easier
  • Edit your video with professional editing software
  • Add music, sound effects, and voiceover to your video

Course handouts include digital production forms and contracts you can use for your project along with a full checklist of equipment, supplies, and people you'll need to be successful.

This class will motivate you to take action, stop making excuses, and finally shoot something that will catapult your career to the next level. Stop waiting forever for a big movie studio to green-light your movie. With today's incredible, low-cost technology, you no longer need Hollywood to finance your dreams. All you need is the desire and willingness to work very hard, and the knowledge of how to produce something professionally, which this class provides. Jump in and learn how other guerrilla filmmakers made their first feature and found success.

Course Options

This class is available in 2 formats:

1. Live Webinar
An instructor-led course that takes place through our learning management system at a scheduled date and time. You have the ability to ask questions and interact with the instructor. If applicable, homework assignments can be emailed to the teacher for feedback.

2. On-Demand Video
A downloadable video recording of the class for people who can't commit to a specific day and time for regular class meetings or who wish to get started immediately. These self-paced instructional videos include the same PowerPoint presentations and other course materials as the live lectures, only without teacher feedback or the ability to ask questions. The benefit of the videos is you can rewind and fast forward to particular sections, and rewatch the class as many times as you want 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any computer or mobile device.


Teacher - Martin Shapiro

Martin Shapiro

Martin Shapiro created the horror comic book series Chopper, and sold the movie rights to it. As part of an ambitious transmedia launch, the prequel to Chopper was produced as a web TV series starring Tyler Mane (Halloween, X-Men). Mr. Shapiro’s action-thriller screenplay Lair of the Fox was optioned by Ilya Salkind (Producer of Superman). Mr. Shapiro has written and developed projects for MGM, HBO and numerous production companies including an adaptation of Dragonlance, the New York Times bestselling series of fantasy novels with sales of 22 million copies. He received a Master’s Degree in Screenwriting from UCLA.