NO BUDGET FILM SCHOOL is a unique series of classes specifically
designed to help the NO-BUDGET filmmaker, whether he or she is working with a budget of $200,000
or $2,000. The lessons, tools, and techniques gained from these courses are are intended to maximize very limited
resources and minimize critical errors that can doom otherwise worthy projects.
I plan to teach my next class in
Los Angeles in early May, 2014.
Tom Provost's Cinema Language class will come the following weekend. These classes will be held at Raleigh Studios' Chaplin Theater.
Please be sure to sign up on the Mailing list so you can be notified as soon as the next class is scheduled. AND remember, mailing list subscribers get
special discounts on all classes!
I also plan
to teach again in New York in 2014, and perhaps in a few other cities, depending on my producing schedule.
UPCOMING PUBLIC APPEARANCES
I will be teaching a two-day class as a visiting fellow at the California Polytechnic State
University on February 4-5, 2014. Theses classes are limited to students at the university.
I will also be
speaking at the 2014 Southern Entrepreneurship In The Arts Conference in Greensboro, NC on February 22, 2014.
For more information on the conference, please visit their website.
I've always been proud of the feedback I've received
from my weekend "The Art & Science of No-Budget Filmmaking" class; here are some responses to the class I taught
in New York last October:
"Amazing! Thank you for
taking the time & bringing the workshop to NYC. Super-inspired, and really grateful I got the chance to learn what you
teach." - Tim Venable
"Thanks so much for the class. I've sat through similar film seminars
and classes in the past and must say that your No Budget School was the most inspiring, yet pragmatic in approach and method.
It should be called the No Excuse Film School. None of us have any excuse for not producing a feature after taking your class."
- Jim Long
"Thank you so much for creating this incredible workshop for filmmakers and for coming all
the way to NYC to share it with us here. I have so much admiration for how much work it took for you to put this together,
and I so appreciate all your personal experience in the industry that you distilled into such a crystalized and clear format
to share with us. I not only learned an incredible number of new tools with which to continue working on my craft, but I also
reinforced several things that I've been doing in my filmmaking to date." - Peter Davenport
again for the outstanding class. I'm still reeling from all the information you gave in class. I definitely got my money's
worth -- and much, much more so." - Larry Daggett
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provides secure access from your computer, cell phone, or wireless device. LightSPEED combines and integrates several production
management functions, like scheduling, call sheet creation, contact list creation, and makes them available in the cloud for
your whole production, safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively. All attendees receive a discount on the LightSPEED product. Got a script and are ready to shoot? Can't make it to the
next class? I offer private, one-on-one Consulting for no-budget filmmakers who need some guidance. Check
out my No Budget Consulting Page for more information.
And I blog, Facebook and Tweet, so feel free to follow me here:
- Film Radar Indie Producer Blog
- No Budget Film School Facebook Page
- Mark Stolaroff Twitter Page
PIG is my third collaboration with award-winning writer/director Henry Barrial. It stars Rudolf Martin
(Swordfish, NCIS) as a man who wakes up in the middle of the desert with no idea who he is or how he got there. Pig is a "lo-fi sci-fi"
that plays like a mystery and a drama, all the while messing with the audience's head. I produced "Pig" using
the same techniques taught in No Budget Film School. Pig has been an official selection at over 35 festivals
worldwide and has won 10 awards so far, including 7 Best Feature awards. Kino Lorber will be releasing Pig March
11, 2014. To learn more, visit our website and sign up on the PIG mailing list: www.ThePigPicture.com.
You can also join our Facebook Fan Page and follow us on Twitter.
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