Producing An Independent Film From The Grassroots Up
with Michael Gottwald
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01 Class Introduction17:31
05 How to Get Into Producing23:13
Class duration: 5h 26mSee all 18 lessons
About The Class
your guide to producing indie films.
Producing an independent film takes an enormous commitment of time, money, and energy – but there are steps you can follow to make the whole undertaking more productive and less overwhelming. Producing An Independent Film From The Grassroots, Up is your guide to reducing friction during every stage of independent feature film production.
In this class, Michael Gottwald, a producer on the OSCAR®-nominated, Beasts of the Southern Wild, will detail the process his team used to bring this sleeper hit to life. By exploring the independent film production process through the lens of Beasts of the Southern Wild you’ll learn how to generate your own independent film success.
Michael will teach you how to:
- Find optimal material to produce
- Engage private and social fundraising resources
- Craft a production plan suited to your existing resources
- Distribute and market a finished film
Whether or not you have industry connections, or live in traditional “media centers” (such as New York or Los Angeles), you can still give life to a project that will impact the film industry and artform. You don’t have to blindly navigate the rocky terrain of grassroots film production alone. Michael will offer the insights you need to tackle common challenges during every stage of the producing process.
Producing An Independent Film From The Grassroots, Up will show you how to create films that, if positioned properly, rise above the current indie film marketplace "noise."
What is Grassroots Producing?16:37
The Different Types of Producers10:58
The Producer/Director Relationship14:59
How to Get Into Producing23:13
Connecting with People13:27
Get the Funds for Your Film41:12
How to Approach Film Budgeting24:56
How to Approach Film Budgeting14:29
Find a Grassroots Cast19:26
Locations with Casey Coleman16:35
Scheduling & Shooting14:20
Who is Your Film's Audience?29:30
Grassroots Film Distribution20:48
Watch Movies & Read Books12:05
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Michael Gottwald graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He served as Executive Producer on Court 13's Glory at Sea in 2007. In 2008 he worked for Obama for America as a Field Organizer during the primaries, ... read moreSee instructor's Classes
Michael Gottwald - Keynote Part 1.pdf
Michael Gottwald - Keynote Part 2.pdf
Michael Gottwald - Keynote Part 3.pdf
Michael Gottwald - Keynote Part 4.pdf
Michael Gottwald - Call Sheet - Filled Out.xls
Michael Gottwald - Sample Low Budget Documentary Excel Budget Total Budget.pdf
Michael Gottwald - Sample Low Budget Documentary Excel Budget.xls
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A top-notch presentation on indie film making. I learned a lot from this course which I hope to soon put into practice as I'm about to embark on my first indie film - as a screen writer for the first time out, but eventually I hope to write, direct, and produce my own film. Very easy to follow the presentations in this course, and the handouts I received when I purchased the course are quite useful.
Such a great course! Being an indie "Grassroots" filmmaker in the middle of three projects, I found what Michael shared to be very valuable. The way that he described the different aspects of producing and illustrated with examples was very clear and fresh. The course really opens you up to examine your own processes, what works / what doesn't and stirs up some new ideas on how to move forward. Thanks CreativeLive team for making the class happen!
This is a tremendous introduction to grassroots filmmaking. Michael takes you step by step through the various elements of film production and offers those so inclined a cursory understanding of what is required. Because filmmaking is a creative pursuit, the direction the individual filmmaker takes from there is entirely up to each. I would highly recommend this course to any one starting out in filmmaking. Well worth the cost. David W. King, Michigan Movie Magazine
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