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No Budget Film School's "The Art & Science of No-Budget Filmmaking" 8/20/11

No Budget Film School

Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 9:30 AM - Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

No Budget Film School's "The Art & Science of...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Both Days - Pre-Paid   more info Ended $275.00 $16.12
Both Days - Student   more info Ended $200.00 $11.99
Single Day - Pre-Paid   more info Ended $150.00 $9.24
Single Day - Student   more info Ended $100.00 $6.49
All Four Days - Pre-Paid (Both Classes: "Art & Science" & "Cinema Lang.")   more info Ended $500.00 $24.95

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No Budget Film School Presents "The Art & Science Of No-Budget Filmmaking"

Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21, 2011 • 9:30am - 6:00pm

Raleigh Studios • Chaplin Theater

5300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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"The No Budget Film School is designed for the moviemaker who possesses nothing but a dream and a drive. If you take the course and can't make some kind of film at the end of it, you'll have no one to blame but yourself. " - Peter MacNicol (Emmy Award Winning Actor: Allie McBeal, Numb3rs, Sophie's Choice)

"Your workshop was fantastic--well worth the money in my no budget filmmaking world. I'm a graduate of UCLA film school and two of my screenplays were considered by the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab. You and your guest speakers inspired my husband and I to move forward, honor our uniqueness, and trust our intuition instead of playing the approval game. You've liberated us! Thanks a million for sharing your experiences." - Chien-ei Yu

"I cannot say enough about the two-day class we just completed today...the course was fantastic!! I feel like I have learned in two days, what would've taken me several years of experience and experimentation to learn. Thanks for sharing your wealth of experience and knowledge with us." - Monica Vazquez

"The best filmmaking training money I ever spent." - Amir Masud, writer/director, Affliction

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No Budget Film School presents it's famed "The Art & Science Of No-Budget Filmmaking" two-day seminar.  No-budget first features launched the careers of filmmakers like Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight), Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, Narc), Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler), Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, Finding Neverland), David Gordon Green (Your Highness, Pineapple Express), Justin Lin (Fast Five, Fast & Furious), and Craig Brewer (Footloose, Hustle & Flow).  These first films all went through the offices of Next Wave Films, the former low-budget financing arm of IFC.  Now producer Mark Stolaroff--a principal of Next Wave--is sharing what he's learned from years in the trenches of no-budget independent filmmaking in this in-depth, one-of-a-kind class

Micro-budget (under $200,000) filmmaking is unique.  The methods, models, and priorities are radically different from those of studio or even "low" budget $1 million films. In this class, students will learn the rules of micro-budget production critical to making this type of film successfully, whether the budget is $200,000 or $2,000. Attendees will walk away with powerful ideas that they can use immediately, saving them time and money, and preventing fatal mistakes that could doom otherwise worthy projects.  Guest speakers provide an up-to-the-minute perspective on what works and what doesn't in the current no-budget landscape.  These cutting-edge techniques can NOT be found in a book, at film school, or in other film classes.  For filmmakers who are preparing to make their micro-budget features, this class is indispensable.  The approaches taught will enable filmmakers to maximize very limited resources and minimize critical errors that can doom otherwise worth projects.

LEARN cutting edge techniques and how to choose the latest digital cameras and software

HEAR no-budget professionals offer first-hand knowledge of production, post production, marketing, and distribution

EXAMINE a budget line-by-line and discover where and how to spend money (and, more importantly, not spend money)--whether your budget is $200,000 or $2,000

SEE clips from micro-budget films illustrating the tricks-of-the-trade used by resourceful filmmakers

If you're through talking about being a filmmaker and ready to become one, this will be the most practical filmmaking class you will ever take.

The classes will be held at Raleigh Studios' Chaplin Theater, from 9:30am to 6pm, on August 20th & 21st.  Single day tickets are also available for each day. Tuition includes a complimentary lunch and class materials, plus several special offers and giveaways (see below)! 



And now for the first time, "The Art & Science of No-Budget Filmmaking" is being held alongside Tom Provost's essential "Cinema Language: The Art of Storytelling" class, which takes place the following weekend, August 27th & 28th.  You can take each class separately, or together and save.  For more information on "The Art & Science of No-Budget Filmmaking," see below.  For more information on "Cinema Language," visit the Cinema Language Eventbrite page.  The two-weekend, four-day package can be purchased on this page or on the Cinema Language page.



No Budget Film School has partnered with Write Brothers to bring you an incredible offer:  all registered attendees will receive Movie Magic Screenwriter software absolutely FREE!  (a $250 value!).  Attendees also receive big discounts on Budgeting and Scheduling software from Showbiz Software, and on Quick Film Budget's innovative budget-making tool.  And we'll be raffling off some goodies, too. (see below for details)

"The Art & Science of No-Budget Filmmaking"


Course 101: "The Art of No-Budget Filmmaking"

"Tremendous stuff, all weekend long, and so professionally put together. The 'write to your definition of no-budget/write to your resources' philosophy at the center of your teaching really came through and rang true -- absolutely vital, and really sums it up." - Chris Soth, Screenwriting Instructor

This course gives filmmakers the tools and the confidence to make a feature right now, with the resources available to them, however limited those resources might be.  The class offers a unique overview of Production, Post Production and Distribution from a no-budget perspective, encouraging filmmakers to throw out old templates of moviemaking.  The approach guides filmmakers to examine their own specific circumstances--their limitations and their resources--and reinvent the moviemaking process to suit their unique situation.  Learn:

  • How to design a great script that will cost little or no money to produce
  • How to devise a production that conforms to your particular circumstances
  • How to prioritize limited resources
  • How to tackle post production, festival strategy and distribution on a shoestring
  • Much, much more


•  Peter Broderick, considered the leading authority on alternative distribution strategy, will give an empowering presentation on maximizing distribution with new, innovative techniques; and will also discuss Crowdfunding, with new platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. Broderick has been one of low-budget filmmaking's leading experts since the early 90's. He wrote a series of articles for Filmmaker Magazine back then that helped drive the micro-budget filmmaking movement.  In 1997 he founded Next Wave Films, which helped launch the careers of filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Joe Carnahan, Amir Bar-Lev and many others.  Now, as the President of Paradigm Consulting, he is a sought-after consultant, speaker, and producers rep.

•  Joshua Leonard, the prolific actor best known for his roles on no-budget features like The Blair Witch Project, Humpday, and Bitter Feast, as well as bigger projects like Men of Honor and HBO's Hung, will discuss his new low-budget film and directorial debut, The Lie, which premiered at this year's Sundance and will be released theatrically in the Fall.

•  Matt Radecki, co-director of TV Junkie (Sundance 2006) and producer of numerous award-winning features and documentaries (including the recent documentary feature Marwencol, winner of over 15 awards) will discuss Post Production for no-budget features.  Radecki is the co-founder of Different By Design, a production company and post-production house catering to the independent filmmaker.


Course 201:  "The Science of No-Budget Filmmaking"

"I can't tell you enough how helpful I found your No Budget Budgeting lecture. So many things you spoke about that day have come up for me. I'm very glad I took your class." - Pamela Pedder 

A detailed line-by-line analysis of the production budget from a no-budget perspective.  Topics include: Cast & Casting, Crew, Equipment, Insurance, Locations, Permits, Props/Set Dressing, Vehicles, Makeup/Wardrobe, Camera/Format, Sound, Legal, and Miscellaneous Budget Items.  The class will dissect the production of the $50,000 feature True Love (a Sundance Screenwriters Lab Project)demonstrating the low-budget tricks used--and the mistakes made--showing clips from the film and valuable behind-the-scenes footage, in this comprehensive examination of a no-budget film.  Learn:

  • How to find great cast & crew with little or nothing to pay
  • How to shoot in LA without filming permits
  • How to get free locations, free props, and free equipment
  • What formats, cameras, and editing systems to use
  • Much, Much more


•  FSI:  Film Scene Investigation - analyze scenes from an award-winning no-budget movie, from script to screen.  Hear the scenes read, get the opportunity to identify and solve production problems, learn how those problems were solved in the movie, see behind-the-scenes footage of the scenes' set-up, then see the filmed scenes in their finished form.

•  Evan Glodell & Vincent Grashaw, the writer/director/star and producer (respectively) of the 2011 Sundance and SXSW hit feature, Bellflower.  This micro-budget bit of anarchy, shot for $5k on a homemade camera, was picked up out of Sundance by Oscilloscope and opened theatrically August 5th, selling out the Nuart. It is fast becoming the no-budget hit of the year and will eventually play in over 500 cities.  

•  Filmmaker Tom Provost will give a preview of his Cinema Language class, taking place the following weekend, and will be on-hand throughout the two days as a resource.  Writer/director/producer Provost's independently financed and produced new feature The Presence, starring Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino, Golden Globe nominee Justin Kirk, and Shane West, has won numerous awards at festivals throughout the past year and is being released by Lionsgate in October.

•  Scott Leberecht, for years a storyboard and conceptual artist at George Lucas' ILM, will break down his award-winning micro-budget horror film, Midnight Son (a huge hit on the festival circuit this year), revealing how he created all manner of make-up and visual effects on a shoestring.


Mark Stolaroff, InstructorMark Stolaroff is an independent producer and a founding partner of Antic Pictures, an LA-based production company producing a slate of low budget, high quality digital features.  Stolaroff just completed his newest micro-budget film Pig, the fourth feature from award-winning writer/director Henry Barrial (Some Body). Pig recently received its World Premiere at the Nashville Film Festival and won Best Feature Film at Sci-Fi-London, its international debut. With Ron Judkins, Stolaroff produced Barrial's third feature, True Love, which was developed in the 2003 Sundance Screenwriters Lab and recently played the festival circuit. He was also the co-producer of the feature documentary Paper Chasers, which was released in 2005, and was the Associate Producer of The Trouble With Men And Women, which opened theatrically in 2006. 

Stolaroff was formerly a principal of Next Wave Films, a company of The Independent Film Channel that provided finishing funds to exceptional, low budget films; and through its production arm Agenda 2000, financed and executive produced digital features.  Included in Next Wave's 13 films are Christopher Nolan's (Inception, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Memento) first feature, Following; Joe Carnahan's (The A-Team, Narc) first feature, Blood, Guts, Bullets, & Octane; Amir Bar Lev's (The Tillman Story, My Kid Could Paint That) first feature Fighter; the Academy Award-nominated documentary Sound And Fury; and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning documentary Southern Comfort.  He was the Associate Producer on a number of Next Wave projects, including Some Body and Manic (starring Don Cheadle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Zoey Deschanel), two digital features at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, and the award-winning theatrical documentary Keep The River On Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale. In all Next Wave took seven films to Sundance and five to Toronto; nine were released theatrically in the U.S. and two premiered on HBO; nine were shot digitally and six of those were transferred to film.



Stolaroff has lectured on low budget and digital filmmaking throughout the world and at many of the major film festivals.  He has taught film classes at UCLA Extension, the Maine Film Workshop, and The Learning Annex and has written for Scientific AmericanFilmmakerSight & SoundFilm Festival Reporter, and Film Arts Magazine. He has been on countless filmmaking panels over the last two decades and has sat on the juries of many film festivals.  He was on the Advisory Board of HBO's US Comedy Arts Film Festival and he currently serves on the advisory board of Filmmakers Alliance. 


Stolaroff has extensive production experience on several low budget features and shorts, including production managing the Academy Award winning short film My Mother Dreams The Satan's Disciples in New York. His background also includes two years in Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, and five years as the Managing Director of Curtains Theater, an innovative legitimate theater he founded in Houston.  A native Texan, Stolaroff received his BBA from the prestigious Business Honors Program at the University of Texas in Austin and minored in Film Production, directing several 16mm shorts.



Movie Magic ScreenwriterMove 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 just for registering.



Showbiz SoftwareShowbiz 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:  save $220 on Budgeting (that's 55% off the list price); save $150 on Scheduling (that's a 50% savings); and save $425 on the bundle, (60% off the list price!). And we will be giving away the bundle in a raffle, (worth $700!). 





Quick Film BudgetQuckFilmBudget.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 (above), EP's Movie Magic, Excel, or Numbers.  Everyone who attends No Budget Film School will receive a 20% discount on Quick Film Budget! 





Discounts are available to attendees who pay before the start of the class.  Further discounts are available to students, (both former No Budget Film School students and all other students with a valid Student I.D.).  All tickets at the door will be $300.  Only cash and checks accepted at the door.  Tuition includes a complimentary lunch, refreshments, and class materials.


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5300 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, 90038

Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 9:30 AM - Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

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No Budget Film School

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 intended to maximize very limited resources and minimize critical errors that can doom otherwise worthy projects. 

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