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Denver Rebel Heart Film Workshop

Rebel Heart Film

Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 6:00 PM (MST)

Denver Rebel Heart Film Workshop

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early Bird   more info Dec 31, 2016 $316.00 $0.00
Regular Admission   more info Not Started $395.00 $0.00
Pro Admission Bundle   more info Not Started $695.00 $0.00
Early Bird Pro Admission Bundle   more info Dec 31, 2016 $556.00 $0.00

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Over an intensive two day workshop in a relaxed and intimate setting, Sundance award winning writer/director Diane Bell and producer Chris Byrne will share step by step how to make a stand out indie film, from developing a unique script to distributing your completed film...and everything that happens in between. Get ready to be inspired and to learn the practical tools that will take your filmmaking goals to the next level.

After completing this two day intensive, you will have a clear plan of action of how to make your dream of making a great movie into a reality.  Broken down into sixteen simple steps, the mystery of how to successfully fund, make and distribute your film will be eliminated, and you will feel empowered and full of confidence about how to proceed.   

Diane and Chris don't teach the conventional way of making a movie (cast big names, foreign presales, etc), but drawing on their real life experience making Sundance winner, Obselidia, they share the Rebel Heart way: a path that is open to anyone, anywhere.  You don't have to have go to film school or be greenlit by the powers that be.  You just need to have the desire to make a movie and the willingness to do the work of each step to make your dream of a filmmaking career your reality.

With a maximum of twelve participants at each workshop, you will have plenty of personal attention and opportunity to ask all the questions you have.  In the workshop, we practice total honesty, and you will learn the truth behind making sucessful indie films.

You will also meet and become part of a community of serious, ambitious and wonderful filmmakers.  In the year since we have started teaching this workshop, our alumni have already gone on to create successful web series, short films and features - and best of all, many of them are working with each other.   Our goal is to help anyone who is serious about making films achieve their dream by sharing real life knowledge and creating a solid community of support.

Rebel Heart Film Workbook

Recent Feedback:

"Don't bother with film school, you can learn everything you need in one weekend from Diane and Chris. They break things down, step by step, on how to plan, make, and promote your film. They aren't teaching theory, they are fellow filmmakers sharing their firsthand experiences. And best of all, they teach how you can be a SUSTAINABLE filmmaker. I can't recommend their workshop enough." - Neil Stevens

"I wish I had done this workshop BEFORE I made my first film; I wouldn't have made the mistakes I did.  Everyone who is thinking of making an indie film should go to the Rebel Heart Film Workshop. They won't regret it." - Ross Clarke, director, DESIREE

"I'm grateful I came across you and your workshop. For years I've been struggling (and a little afraid) with trying to figure out how to get filmmaking into my life and you gave me a direction to start."  -Kristin Clark

"The Rebel Heart Film Workshop was one of the greatest investments I have made for my career.  It was truly inspiring and answered all of my questions and gave me the extra confidence I needed to move forward." - Jeff Gadigan

"As a director with micro-budget music videos, shorts, and one feature under my belt, I found this intensive invaluable. I left the workshop empowered and inspired to make my second feature.  I highly recommend this workshop to anyone who is looking to make an independent film."  -Rory Gory, director, AUDIENCE

"Thank you for inspiring, educating, and motivating me to follow my heart!" - Dan Eason

Workshop attendees

Participants in one of our workshops in Santa Monica, 2015


Cost includes: 

- two days full tuition with plenty of opportunity to ask your questions and receive personal guidance

- a copy of the Rebel Heart Film Workshop manual, the ultimate guide to making your own film that you cannot buy anywhere else

- delicious lunch and snacks provided on both days

- after completing the weekend, entry into the closed Facebook group of Rebel Heart filmmakers

- invitations to future exclusive networking events of Rebel Heart Film alumni

The workshop covers:

DAY 1 (Saturday) - everything you need to develop your project and make it viable to investors, as well as how and where to raise finance:

  1.  How to develop a singular script  
  2.  The importance and power of setting a start date
  3.  Finding a line producer (what they do and why you need one now)
  4.  Making a preliminary schedule + budget: planning is everything, this is where it begins 
  5.  Writing a business plan for your film
  6.  Finding a visionary Director of Photography and committed Key Cast
  7.  Shooting an effective Teaser Trailer
  8.  Starting an LLC, raising cash - you are in business
  9.  Crowdfunding: why you must do it (clue: it's not just about funding, it's about the crowd)
DAY 2 (Sunday) - how to make the best damn film you can with your funds, and what you should do with it when you finish:
  1. Recruiting crew
  2. Casting smaller roles
  3. Preproduction Essentials (AKA you can't plan too much)
  4. The Shoot: how to ride the challenges and get your best movie in the can
  5. Post production essentials: editing, music, sound, color
  6. Submitting to festivals 
  7. Executing your (self) distribution plan

If you are ready to stop talking about making a film, to stop dreaming about it, and actually MAKE IT, this is the workshop for you.

Please check out for further details and information about us and please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions.  

Numbers of attendees are extremely limited, so there will be plenty of opportunity to share your projects for personal advice as well as to connect with other filmmakers.

Chris Byrne and Diane Bell

 Diane Bell and Chris Byrne


With over 30 years experience in the film industry between them, Diane Bell and Chris Byrne have been working together since 2007.  Chris is a hands-on producer who has worked on dozens of film sets as an actor (his credits include TITANIC and MAD CITY), a stunt man, a military tech advisor and a camera assistant. There's little he doesn't know about making a movie.  Diane is a screenwriter and director.  Her first feature film premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, winning two awards.  She has been nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, attended the Sundance Screenwriting Lab, and has directed two more feature films, which have played at festivals around the world.  Together Chris and Diane believe that there has never been a better time to be an indie filmmaker and they are all about empowering others with the real life knowledge they have learned.    


Have questions about Denver Rebel Heart Film Workshop? Contact Rebel Heart Film

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Cherry Creek

Denver, CO 80206

Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 6:00 PM (MST)

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Rebel Heart Film

The aim of Rebel Heart Film is to empower storytellers everywhere with the real life tools and knowledge they need to make stand out, successful indie movies.  

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