The Business of Indie Filmmaking

The Business of Indie Filmmaking – Making the jump into the Industry. This workshop is geared towards emerging filmmakers, film students and indie short filmmakers looking to make the leap to features or series.

Topics covered:

  • Writing a script that will sell
  • Analyzing the market
  • Structuring a pitch
  • Budgeting & Investors
  • Attaching Name talent
  • Working with Unions
  • Making a movie that makes business sense
  • Understanding distribution.

The Organization of Independent Filmmakers invites you to attend this exciting Workshop!
Our guest host for this workshop is Matthew Manyak. Add block

Matthew Manyak
Matthew Manyak

Matthew is a full-time self-employed filmmaker, as well as a Marketing Specialist.
Matthew is an award-winning filmmaker of 25 shorts, 3 series, 4 features and has written 14 screenplays so far in his career.
He is looking forward to sharing with you what he wished he knew when he first started making films.

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Cinematic Lighting Workshop

The Filmmaker Workshop Series

This is an archived workshop page. Workshop #3 in this series. (Previous live Workshops were not recorded).

How to Light Your Scene for Mood

Virtual workshop was held on August 12, 2020 at 8:00pm.

How to Light Your Scene for Mood
Click on the image to view an archived video copy of the Workshop
The Filmmaker Workshop Series
This Workshop is Hosted by

Trent Duncan

Trent Duncan is an award winning Filmmaker and Navy Veteran. Graduating from Valencia’s Film Program in 2002, Trent has spent many years becoming very diverse in all the fundamental aspects of filmmaking.

Trent has held many production roles on various short and feature length films in addition to teaching filmmaking at two accredited institutions. Versed in the scifi and horror genres, Trent’s Epic Horror Battles on Youtube have tallied over 40 million views and almost 200,000 subscribers. 

Although Trent enjoys the many aspects of film production, much of his passion lies in Cinematography and Lighting.

Trent brings his years of on-set and on-the-couch movie going experience to this OIF workshop.

In the workshop, Trent will talk about the various tips, tricks, and professional ways to light your next movie scenes and achieve the desired mood you are looking for.

The Q&A session has been removed for brevity and to respect the privacy of the workshop’s participants.

Visit  for more on Trent’s work.


As part of our mission to help educate and inform filmmakers, we periodically offer online workshops, courses and tips so our community members may practice and improve their crafts.

Exchanging knowledge and experience is one way we help achieve our mission goals.

Be sure to visit our Calendar to view other posted events.