Presents:

The 2-Day Micro Budget Filmmaking Class

...teaches an approach to feature filmmaking that is achievable and affordable for anyone"

Josh MageeClass Attendee & AFTRS graduate

What is a Micro Budget Film?

A Micro Budget Film is a feature length film (90+ minutes) that is strategically designed to be affordable to produce. Although industry professionals consider a Micro Budget as about $250k maximum, the 2-Day Micro Budget Filmmaking Class teaches how it can be done for $5k – $50k including how to get that money.

It doesn’t require investors, and it doesn’t require selling your soul. What it does need though, is a clear understanding of how the film business works, including how to sell a film regardless of what it cost.

Gareth Edwards’ first feature film ‘Monsters’ cost a rumoured $15k to shoot. After the film's success, he was asked to direct the $160 million ‘Godzilla’ remake.
[Image copyright Vertigo Films]

Why make a Micro Budget Film?

It’s fun to watch multimillion dollar blockbusters and to dream about making them. But no filmmaker ever gets the chance to make those films until they’ve proven what they can do with small budgets. If you look at the careers of any established filmmaker, you’ll notice that they almost always start out by making Micro Budget Films.

In fact, 98% of students of Micro Budget Film School ticked ‘Strongly Agree’ to the statement: “making film on a small budget is a necessary stage for career filmmakers”. And this belief is backed many great filmmakers:

The best advice I can offer… is not to wait for the system to finance your projects and for others to decide your fate. If you can’t afford to make a million-dollar film, raise $10,000 and produce it yourself.

Werner Herzog, legendary German Director

It’s a great time to be a filmmaker starting out. Back when I was starting, even a low budget film required hundreds of thousands of dollars. Now it can be done for virtually nothing. I encourage you to make movies and keep making them”

Jon Favreau, respected Hollywood Director

Well, if it’s so important… why is there such little information on how to do it right and do it cheap?

​Introducing

The 2-Day​

2-Day Micro Budget Filmmaking Class

When: Saturday & Sunday, 15th - 16th July, 2017.
Where: Sydney, Australia - The Hubstudio, Chippendale.
Earlybird 15% off tickets expires Thurs 29th June!


Kitty HopwoodAssistant Director for feature film, 'Rough Stuff'

THE BEST CLASS OF IT'S KIND I HAVE ATTENDED!

This class gave me real tools and a broad understanding of how to actually create my film, from concept through to distribution. I would absolutely recommend this class to anyone with an interest in film!"

Noel VinsonFilmmaker and Graduate of QLD school of Film & TV

MOST PRACTICAL AND INFORMATIVE WORKSHOP I'VE TAKEN!

The stuff they don't go into in Film School. If someone is serious about filmmaking, this will arm them with the knowledge they need to be a true auteur. Do it!"


What is the 2-Day-Class?

The '2-Day Micro Budget Filmmaking Class' is a weekend class that takes you through the Micro Budget Model, a reusable plan that all filmmakers can use to make affordable films and sell them to audiences. This model is a skeleton template for an entire feature film production on a budget of less than $50k, including how to get your production money. The class teaches the 12 different funding options legally available to a micro budget filmmaker and how to use them to meet your budget.

The 2-Day-Class is broken up into 8 sessions: two in the morning and two after lunch on both days. The Sessions on Day 1 will define everything you need to prepare your micro budget film, including calculating costs, legal agreements, and how to get your production money. The Sessions on day 2 will define what to do with your film when it's done, including how you can distribute your film and what returns you can get expect from selling.​

Film Development

Session 1 & 2
DEVELOPMENT

Learn to tailor your production to suit a micro budget, and legally protect yourself.

Film Budgeting

Session 3 & 4
BUDGETING

Discover how to calculate and raise your production funds, and schedule your shoot.

Film Marketing

Session 5 & 6
MARKETING

Come up with a marketing plan to build hype around your film and attract the right attention.

Film Marketing

Session 7 & 8
DISTRIBUTION

Learn about Distribution Deals, and how to sell your film to paying audiences.

The Importance of Doing it Right

The problem emerging filmmakers face is that simply throwing together the cheapest film you can without any sort of strategy isn't going to find you any success. You risk producing another lacklustre film like many before you that fails to find an audience and is money misspent, wasting $10k, $20k or $50k+, whatever your micro budget may be.

At a bare minimum, you need a business plan and an understanding of how to target film distributors - and all of this is covered in the 2-Day-Class. On top of that, you need to understand which costs can be cut without sacrificing quality, and which can't. There is a lot more to it than just getting a film together and "putting it out there to see what happens", and the 2-Day-Class will provide you with all the necessary tools to do it right.

Oscar winner Darren Aronofsky began his career with feature film ‘Pi’, made for only $60k, which sold for $3.2 million in USA alone!
[Image copyright Protozoa Pictures]

What You Will Learn:

This class focuses on the business of being a filmmaker and will include everything from:

  • The cheapest way to start your production company
  • How to design a film story that suits a micro budget
  • An easy approach to negotiating cast & crew agreements
  • Scheduling and budgeting efficiently
  • The 12 ways to legally get your production money
  • How to sell your film
  • Building Hype: affordable film marketing
  • Festival entry strategies
  • Attracting and signing with distributors
  • Understanding film sale cashflow
  • Self-Distribution Methods

Is this class for me?

This class is designed to suit the limited resources of an emerging filmmaker early in their career. It is recommended attendees have some experience in filmmaking since the class assumes a basic knowledge of production workflow, but this is not a requirement.

You do not require a script or story idea either. The class includes a development guide to help you devise a story suited to the Micro Budget Model. This is the stuff they don't teach in film school but is invaluable for an emerging filmmaker.

Ngaire O'LearyGraduate of WAAPA & Sydney Film School

THIS ASPECT IS RARELY COVERED IN FILM SCHOOL

A comprehensive & practical look at how to budget, fund and find an audience for your micro budget film. If you are figuring out how to finance your micro budget film and how to market & distribute it, this is a very useful class!

Justina WardFilm Producer and WAAPA Graduate

WILL INSPIRE YOU TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

This course will inspire you to believe in yourself and make you realise you can and have to be the one to start your own career.

Andreas ToumbasClass Attendee

LEAVES YOU FEELING MOTIVATED!

One of the most important classes a filmmaker can take to jump that ship from short films into features. This class is a no-fills insight into the importance of making a micro budget feature film.

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What is 'Success' for a Micro Budget Film?

The 2-Day-Class doesn't assume every filmmaker has the same priorities. It's important to be specific and understand the purpose of your film, since this will inform many of your decisions. Here, we are defining success as meeting any or all of following 3 criteria that matter to you:

  • Critical Acclaim: producing a film that is widely accepted as being a great film.
  • Financial Success: profiting by making a greater return from the sale of a film than it cost to produce.
  • Creative Satisfaction: making a movie you are passionate about and telling the stories you want to tell.

A Micro Budget Film can target any combination of these criteria, if you design it to. It's important to have a clear vision and strategy before you embark on the challenge of making a micro budget film, and the 2-Day-Class will ensure you do.​

Not only did Shane Carruth act in his film 'Primer', but he also Produced, Wrote, Directed & Edited it! All for a budget of only $7k. Incredible!
[Image copyright erpbfilm]

Who is Running The Class?

Bradley Stevens, founder of Micro Budget Film School

Class teacher:
Bradley Stevens

"I made my first film when I was 10 years old, with a horrible black-and-white VHS camera. It sucked, but I was addicted. In 2005 I went to university, studied acting, and was so hungry to be around filmmakers that I found myself working on over 20 short films and a few features in just a 3 year period. I studied Filmmaking in every spare minute and read every film textbook I could get my hands on.

"In 2010, some filmmakers I knew wanted to make a No Budget Feature Film for less than $1000 and asked me to to be an associate producer. We were young, naïve, but eager. The film was fun, but it found no success because there was no business strategy to how it was put together.

"It became apparent to me that filmmakers with all the passion in the world still cannot find success unless they learn micro budget film strategy. So I set a 2-year goal to study this topic, interview filmmakers, and build the Micro Budget Model, a reusable plan that filmmakers can use to make affordable films that can find success."

Pip EdwardsNIDA graduate, actress, and Class attendee

BRADLEY IS A GIFTED COMMUNICATOR

... and his course is interesting, engaging and informative!

Jahne Coutts-SmithClass attendee & Actress

BRAD HAS DONE THE HARD WORK FOR YOU!

An incredibly informative class that gives you a solid set of tools to start on your next (or first) feature film project. A simplified approach to the complicated financial, legal & logistical issues when making your own films.

Brendan CainAFTRS graduate & class attendee

BRAD IS PASSIONATE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

Bradley's passion and enthusiasm for the content made even the most complicated and confusing concepts digestible and interesting.

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Christopher Nolan famously made his first feature film, 'The Following', on a micro budget of $6k, and used it to create the opportunity for his next film, 'Momento'.
[Image copyright Next Wave Films]

The industry will not beat a path to your door… not until you are a well-known and profit making film director- you must prove yourself.”

- Directing: Film Techniques & Aesthetics, 5th Ed. Focal Press.

  • 8 x 1.5 Hour Sessions
  • 12 Hours of Content
  • Legal, Financial, Marketing & Distribution Training
  • Template for a feature film

All of this for just:

$320
Earlybird only $272

Earlybird 15% off until Wednesday 28th June!
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Class Details

This class is currently being held in Sydney, Australia.

When: Saturday & Sunday, 15th - 16th July, 2017. 9:30am - 5pm, both days.

Where: Sydney, Australia. The Hubstudio, 18 City Road, Chippendale, NSW.

Cost: $320 Earlybird Price, save $48 and pay $272 


100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE – No Risk!

"It is important to me that you get answers from this class- so much so that if you don’t, I’ll give you 100% of your money back. This class is designed to help filmmakers- and if you don’t think it does, I will make sure you never wasted any of your money.

"You are welcome to attend THE ENTIRE CLASS and if at the end you’re still not fully satisfied with the value of the class- then just let me know in person before you leave and you’ll receive a full 100% refund within 48 hours! I’ll even pay the processing fees myself!​"


Sam WangDirector, Writer, Actor, Designer

DO THIS CLASS BEFORE YOU WRITE THAT SCRIPT!

All the things you need to know after you've written your film and thinking "now what?". Better yet, do this class before you write that script!

Adam DallasWriter, Producer, Director

JUST TAKE THE CLASS!

Informative, up-to-date guide on how to schedule, budget and distribute a micro budget film - Invaluable information. Definitely recommend. It's presented in a logical manner of steps to go through.

Shannon BrowningFilmmaker at Shann Studios

GAVE ME MY DESIRE TO MAKE MOVIES BACK

All the stuff no-one thinks about, but absolutely should. This course gave me a little of my confidence & desire to make movies back.

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"I make sure attendees at my classes feel welcome and comfortable, no matter their background. I hope you can make it, and that I have the chance to show you that you can and must be the one to take charge of your filmmaking career!"

- Bradley Stevens


PS: This class is continuously improving based on student feedback. As more time and effort goes into updating the class, the price will increase proportionally to reflect the increased value. If you don't take the class at this time, you may not see it at this price again.


FAQ

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions​:

What do I need to bring to the class?

Do I need a screenplay to benefit from this class?

Will my film sell?

Have you made a successful micro budget film?

Why are you teaching this subject?

How do I know your class is worth my while?

Contact Us

Email: info@microbudgetfilmschool.com

Telephone: 0405 823 039