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Indie Film Development: How to Pull Your Movie Into Existence

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You want to make a feature film (or maybe a short or web-series or pilot)! You have a screenplay...now what happens? How do you get it off the ground? You’re just one or two people with a script and a dream! How do you actually pull a film into existence out of nothing?

In this two-hour class, Naomi McDougall Jones teaches all of the practical information that it took her two years of begging people for coffee dates to learn when she was making her first feature Imagine I'm Beautiful.

She’ll cover everything you need to get out of the gate with your project, including:

  • How to assemble a core “yellow brick road” team

  • What “development” means and how to survive it

  • How to decide on the right budget level for you

  • The “one true reason” theory of filmmaking that will make the zillions of other decisions to follow much less headache-y

  • An overview of different kinds of film finance and fundraising options

  • Early-stage audience-building

Students will leave the class with practical information, steps, and a worksheet to plan their development course.


  • None! This class will be most useful to you if you come to it with a specific project in mind but is also okay for those who want to understand what is involved before embarking on a project.

Optional add-on: You will be given the option at checkout to add-on to your ticket an hour worth of one-on-one consulting/coaching with Naomi about your specific project/career after the workshop. To find out more about Naomi’s one-on-one services, visit: https://www.naomimcdougalljones.com/classes


Naomi McDougall Jones is an award-winning writer, actress, producer, and women in film activist. Her second feature film, Bite Me, with producers Jack Lechner (The Fog of War, Blue Valentine) and Sarah Wharton (That’s Not Us), which she wrote and also starred in opposite Christian Coulson (Harry Potter, Love is Strange, The Hours), Annie Golden (Orange is the New Black), and Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story) premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival, followed by a 3 month, 51 screening, 40 city Joyful Vampire Tour of America that took the country by storm. Naomi’s first feature film, which she also wrote, produced, and starred in, was the 12-time award-winning Imagine I’m Beautiful. The film received a theatrical release and is now available on Vimeo (www.imagineimbeautiful.com). She is currently at work on her third feature film, a magical realism piece about a 7-month pregnant woman’s unexpected interaction with the brilliant, eccentric, and deceased inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr., and for which she received the honor of being the first artist in residence at the final home of Ernest Hemingway in Sun Valley, Idaho. Naomi is an advocate and thought leader for bringing gender parity to cinema. She gave a virally sensational TEDTalk, What it’s Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood, which has now been viewed over 1 million times and can be seen on TED.com. Naomi’s first book, The Wrong Kind of Women: Inside Our Revolution to Dismantle the Gods of Hollywood, published by Beacon Press, is now available as hardcover, e-book, and audiobook wherever books are sold. More at www.naomimcdougalljones.com

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