Filmmaking in a Box: Indie Feature Film Masterclass

(20+hrs) Watch & Learn the Entire Filmmaking Process of Directing a Low Budget Feature Film. Real Life Film School

3.80 (201 reviews)
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19.5 hours
May 2019
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What you will learn

Comprehensive explanations on lighting and recording sound for every day of production

Examples of the contracts, permits, call sheets

What it's really like to make a feature film


Join over 33,000 students learning from our courses!

You can spend tens of thousands of dollars on film school, you can work as a production assistant for a decade and hope to move up the ladder – or you can GET OUT THERE AND MAKE YOUR OWN MOVIE! FILM SCHOOL IN A BOX shows you – in every possible detail – how one team of Hollywood professionals made, and commercially released, a movie on a micro-budget of $100,000. YOU CAN TOO!

FILMMAKING IN A BOX has over 20+ Hours of real world lessons they DON'T teach you this in Film School! This course is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Seriously. 

If you’re a lover of movies who dreams of getting behind the camera, you know you own dozens of DVDs with behind-the-scens material that you’ve watched 100 times. Right?

But, seriously… When are you going to get the chance to be standing in a field surrounded by 10,000 extras all in custom-made armor filming with 20 cameras? Chances are your first film (or even your second or third) are going to be significantly smaller in scale than that…

FILMMAKING IN A BOX is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the making of a micro-budget(meaning REALISTIC BUDGET!) feature film. This is a look into how a professional near-no-budget film is made – with EVERY DETAIL available at your fingertips!


"It shares the kind of lessons that can usually only be learned by doing. Not a lecture, not a seminar, just the honest, accurate, moment-to-moment account of everything it takes to put a film together."

Earl Newton, Executive Producer/Creator Stranger Things



FIB examines the EVERY detail of the making of an independent movie called 2 Million Stupid Women (a comedy written by a woman!), which was made for only $100,000, made within the “Hollywood” system.

FILMMAKING IN A BOX has ton of INCREDIBLY detailed behind-the-scenes interviews and footage covering every stage of the prep, production and post-production . You’ll get interviews and conversations with all key members of the production team: the director, the producers, the writer, the cinematographers, the editor, the production sound mixer, the post production sound designer, the assistant director and more! These are not marketing fluff interviews – these are uncensored, honest and straight-to-the-point discussions about every pitfall, conflict and negotiation required to complete the project.

In addition – you also get hundreds of pages of the actual documents used to make the film: the full budget (yes! the REAL full budget, line by line see how the money was spent), the schedule, call sheets, every contract, director’s notes and MORE.

FILM SCHOOL IN A BOX will take you, step-by-step, through the exact process this team took to mount an independent feature film from the ground up. FILM FILM SCHOOL IN A BOX shines a light on every potential misstep and lucky break that can fall into a first-time (or second or third!) filmmaker’s lap.


"I wish something like this existed when I was starting out... No bulls**t; the next best thing to actually being there with the filmmakers while they were making it!"

Mark Bell, Owner/Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, FilmThreat


To get a real idea of what’s inside, you need to see the FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS (link below!), but – just as a sample FIB includes:

The complete filmmaking experience all in one package. Over 17 hours divided into 108 individual video modules covering:

• Development
• Funding
• Contracts
• Casting
• Rehearsals
• Locations
• Lighting
• Sound
• Cameras
• Production Diary

• Editing
• Score
• Music
• Post Production Sound

We also include all the production documents we used: 

• Full Budget
• Schedule
• Screenplay
• Call Sheets
• Casting Notes
• Contracts

FILMMAKING IN A BOX also includes such unique features as:
• Audition footage
• Rehearsals with the actors
• The complete, pre-mixed, rough-cut of 2 Million Stupid Women
• The entire table read with the cast and filmmakers of 2 Million Stupid Women
• Comprehensive explanations on lighting and recording sound for every day of production
• Behind the scenes footage shot during principle photography
• Examples of the contracts, permits, call sheets, sound reports, and dozens of other pertinent documents used during production
• Over 100 individual video modules detailing every single element of pre-production, production and post-production
• The final release version of 2 Million Stupid Women
• And even more…

FIB is a must-own for anyone thinking of making their first, second or even third feature film

It is beyond anything you can learn from film school or filmmaking tips in a book.

This is as close to the experience of actually making a movie as you can get – without actually doing it. Through candid, first-hand anecdotes, hard-earned by actual independent filmmakers, FILMMAKING IN A BOXwill help prepare you for what to expect before you ever step foot on set. Whether you’re prepping your first film, or you’re simply curious what goes into making an independent film, FILMMAKING IN A BOX is an essential tool of every aspiring filmmaker or video creator.

If you've got the dream.

If you've got the drive.

If you've got the passion - but you're missing the knowledge and experience...Filmmaking in a Box will help you make your film into a reality.

Enroll NOW and learn how to make a low budget feature film! Let's get started!


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Pre-Production: Development and Gearing Up

The Script
The Budget
Why This Film, This Way?
Getting the Deal
Creating a Schedule

Pre-Production - Casting an Indie Film

Using Non-Union Actors
Working with a Cast Director
The Casting Process
Casting Lead Role #1 - Melissa
Casting Lead Role #1 - Original Audition
Casting Lead Role #2 - Anna
Casting Lead Role #2 - Original Audition
What are Chemistry Callbacks?
Chemistry Callbacks - Melissa and Anna
Casting Lead Role #3 - Todd
Casting Lead Role #3 - Original Audition
Final Chemistry Read
Chemistry Read - Todd, Melissa and Anna
Casting Supporting Roles - Jim
Casting Supporting Roles - Original Audition
Casting Additional Roles

Pre-Production: Rehearsals and Table Reads

The Table Read
Rehearsal - Character Study
Rehearsal - 1st Improv
Rehearsal - 2nd Improv

Production: Planning and Logistics

Production Meeting
Day One: Production Moves
Day One: Camera and Lighting
What is a Walk Away Meal
Day One: Sound - Beveled Glass
Day One: Sound - 7-Eleven Store
Adjusting Call Times & Background Make-up
Camera Department - DIT Workspace
Start Times and Turn Around
When to Serve Your First Meal
Sound on the Shotmaker
Driving and Ambient Lighting
Shooting Guerrilla Style (Totally Illegal)
Planning the Night Club
Production: Creature Comforts
Sound in Small Spaces
Dealing with Puke and Waredrobe
Planning the Big Party Night
Cash vs Checks
Creating a Visual Style
Dueling Cinematographers
Duel Camera Coverage
Recording Great Production Sound
Working with the Script Supervisor

Production - Day 1

Day 1 - Location
Day 1 - Lighting
Day 1 - Sound
Day 1 - Production Diary

Production - Day 2

Day 2 - Location
Day 2 - Lighting
Day 2 - Sound
Day 2 - Production Diary

Production - Day 3

Day 3 - Location
Day 3 - Lighting
Day 3 - Sound
Day 3 - Production Diary

Production - Day 4 & 5

Day 4 & 5 - Lighting
Day 4 & 5 - Sound
Day 4 - Production
Day 4 - Camera
Day 5 - Production Diary

Production - Day 6

Day 6 - Locations
Day 6 - Lighting
Day 6 - Sound
Day 6 - Production Diary

Production - Days 7, 8, 9 & 10

Days 7, 8, 9 & 10 - Location
Days 7, 8, 9 & 10 - Lighting
Days 7, 8, 9 & 10 - Sound
Days 7, 8, 9 & 10 - Production Diary

Production - Day 11

Days 11 - Locations
Days 11 - Lighting
Days 11 - Sound
Days 11 - Production Diary

Post Production: Editing the Beast

Building the Credit Sequence
How to Find an Editor
The Editor's Audition
Editing - The Process
Editing - Organization
Editing - The Rough Cut
Editing - The Test Screening Version
Editing - Additional Shooting

Post Production: Sound and Music

Finding Music
Scoring Through Social Media
How to Approach the Artists
Music Contracts & Releases
Sound on a Limited Budget
Sound Editing
Sound - Dialog Editing
Sound - Music Editing
Sound - ADR
Sound - Foley
Sound - Pre-Mix
Sound - Final Mix

Watch The Movie

Two Million Stupid Women - Final Version

Bonus Materials

BONUS: What DO You Want to Learn Next?
Interview with the Writer of Two Million Stupid Women
WGA Writer's Strike
IFH Podcast: Why Are Filmmaker so F*ing Broke?
Understanding Light Quality Hard and Soft Light
What is Dynamic Range?
Introduction to HDSLR Cameras
How to Repair an Arri Fresnel


May 3, 2021
A wealth of knowledge that will put the viewer in the mindset of simply stopping what he or she is doing and going out to immediately make a movie.
October 19, 2020
This course gave me insight to some of the answers I was looking for, which you can't find anywhere else. Ranging from the paperwork, strategies, and sharing the experiences of it all. Plus the bonus material toward the end of the course made me wanna learn more from these creators of the course. Very well worth the time and money, I only wish I took this course sooner. Definitely would recommend this course to aspiring filmmakers everywhere.
September 2, 2020
Really in depth on how to shoot a movie. Using an actual film being made helped give practical examples. Just a bit jarring at the beginning because it feels like part documentary as opposed to a 'class/course' so it took a few minutes to realize what exactly was going on.
August 17, 2020
Great grassroots discussion on indie film making. For those not familiar with the industry this is a great entry point. Excellent resources as well.
April 18, 2020
A good lesson on casting process and about sag union and the struggles and the trust which is the keyword why I say this because I am a independent filmmaker and the struggle behind it and I invest money from my own monthly salary and make medium length films.I am also searching for a film producer to make a movie in a budget of 10 lakhs which I have been tired in getting a producer.If Udemy helps me to make a film with 10 lakhs in Indian money.I will be greatfull
March 26, 2020
This was a complete course from soup to nuts, on how this crew put it all together. Very interesting and inspirational! Great job everyone!!!
November 8, 2018
"So far so good. This Course reminds me of being back in the Movie Industry working for M. Night which was an excellent experience! I'm looking forward to this Rabbit Hole and where it helps me go as a director." ~Sir Marqus T Kane
August 30, 2018
So far this course, though not useless, is the filmmaking tutorial equivalent of a 12-yr-old skate punk giving lessons on zen living.
July 4, 2018
The material is actually very good! What frustrated me was that whoever owns the material and making course just suddenly slashed what was originally available for the course. That's not fair! How can you just take a whole concise course from beginning to end (pre-production, on-set and post) and then just suddenly split it up ito three different courses and give the original buyers just one part of that! Completely unfair!
June 15, 2018
I am really enjoying the course so far. I like the documentary style and appreciate that a lot of material has been made available for download. It would have been great, if some more detail in certain areas could have been given (especially "boring" things like budgeting, contracts, etc. - pointers would have been awesome (what to look out for, things to include, ...))
June 10, 2018
Having been unable to be on a professional film team this is as close as I've seen to the inner workings of film production. It's phenomenal! I'm learning so much!
June 2, 2018
I am a writer at heart, but have learned the better I understand the entire business the better my chances of survival. This series of courses is helping me appreciate what happens on a set, behind the scenes, and also how the business of it all unfolds. Definitely worth my time.
March 19, 2018
very disappointed, extremely boring, poor taste could have been a tenth of the length and more useful. I bought it and let it sit for a month or so and too late for a refund
February 11, 2018
Massively comprehensive. This is as close as one could get to actually being apart of the production itself to learn about how movies are made. I recommend watching it at double speed, as it is incredibly long. Fantastic if you haven't been in a feature film production and want a feel for it.
October 13, 2017
Excellent introduction to the project. Excellent. two thumbs up! A complete education on what it takes to make a movie. The information was more than what I expected. The filmmakers didn't leave anything out. The BEST information I seen yet on the topic of making a film. Pablo



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