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.
My next "The Art & Science of No-Budget Filmmaking" class is May 11-12, 2013 in Los Angeles, with writer/director Tom Provost's Cinema Language class the following weekend, May 18-19. These classes will be held at Raleigh Studios' Chaplin Theater. You can register at our Eventbrite Page, and please be sure to sign up on the Mailing list, as I'll be sending updates on guest speakers and valuable goodies we'll be giving away And, there is even
a chance that the class will be back on the road for the first time since 2007. Don't quote me on this, but there's
a chance I will be back in Houston and even in New York City, finally, for the first time. We'll see. Sign
up on the Mailing List and you'll be sure to know when any classes are scheduled.
| Instructor Mark Stolaroff
FREE PRODUCTION SOFTWARE!
Budget Film School has partnered with Write Brothers and Showbiz Software to bring you an incredible offer: all registered
attendees will receive Movie Magic Screenwriter and Showbiz Producer software absolutely FREE! (a $340 total value!). Attendees also receive big
discounts on Budgeting and Scheduling software from Showbiz Software, on Quick Film Budget's innovative budget-making tool, and on Lightspeed's new cloud-based production management system. And we'll be raffling off some goodies, too. (see below for details
on the software) GUEST SPEAKERS
Guest speakers include award-winning filmmaker Sean Baker, who holds the distinction
of being nominated for the Cassavetes Award (probably the most prestigious award given to a no-budget film),
three times. His most recent feature, Starlet, premiered at SXSW last year and was released theatrically in November. Brothers Ken and Jim Cran
will reveal the secrets behind the making of their audacious no-budget monster movie, The Millennium Bug, (profiled on this site). Producer/Director/Editor Matt Radecki will go through post production on a
no-budget; Matt is the owner of Different By Design, an indie friendly post house in Los Angeles. And I will be announcing more speakers soon.
To register for the class, visit our Eventbrite
Movie Magic Screenwriter is the best screenplay formatting software, an industry standard, and the choice of Hollywood professionals. Screenwriter
formats while you write so you can focus on what you're writing, not where it goes on the page. It also formats for television,
stage, novels and comic book scripts so you've got an all in one package for any story you want to write. With a massive
set of features designed to make the rewriting process fast and simple you can get from FADE IN: to FADE OUT effortlessly.
Developed by writers for writers, Write Brothers is the first and ony creative team ever to receive a Technical Achievement
Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science for screenwriting software. All No Budget Film School attendees
get this terrific product FREE for registering.
Showbiz Software's Budgeting allows production accountants, production managers and independent producers to create all types
of budgets for film, TV, commercials, music videos, web series and corporate videos. The program also actualizes, so you can
see what you've spent and how it affects your overall budget. Showbiz Scheduling has become the go-to
software for producers and production managers who want the most control over their shooting schedule, combined with the
flexibility to change elements on the fly. The program comes with fully customizable reports, including call sheets, production
reports, shooting schedules, Exhibit G's, and more. All No Budget Film School attendees will receive a generous discount
on these two products, and we will be giving away a free copy of Showbiz Producer.
QuickFilmBudget.com is a revolutionary budgeting tool that helps independent filmmakers move toward production by automating the budget-making
process and delivering a professional customized budget in minutes. Quick Film Budget can create budgets for Short Films,
Micro-Budget Features, and Studio Films. You can select to have your budget delivered in a modifiable file format such as
Showbiz Software, EP's Movie Magic, Excel, or Numbers. Attendees get 20% off this incredible budget-making tool.
LightSPEED eps s a a web-based entertainment production management system designed specifically for the film and television industry. It
centralizes your production information and 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
|Rudolf Martin in "Pig" |I've finished my new no-budget feature
PIG, 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. Pig has been an
official selection at over 30 festivals worldwide and has won 10 awards so far, including 7 Best Feature awards. 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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