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.

You can follow Matthew Manyak on Facebook by clicking below.

How To: Not Have To Fix It In Post

Workshop Overview:

It isn’t the editor’s job to fix things – yet writers and filmmakers do things that create a world of “fix it in post.” Learn from the experience of an editor to take a few steps in the editor’s shoes and utilize the perspective of post production throughout all of development, pre-production, and production. This includes having a good grasp of various types of shots to provide the most possible coverage for the edit, and understanding how to research for a wider film vocabulary yourself, and the value of having hands-on experience as an editor for all aspects of continuity, sound, coverage, and story.

Our Guest Host for this workshop is Spaceship, Executive Vice President of Space Dream Productions.
Utilizing the editor’s perspective and influence early in production to save time, money, and headaches!

Spencer "Spaceship" Shipton
Spencer “Spaceship” Shipton

Spaceship is the Executive Vice President of Space Dream Productions, an independent film and music production company with a focus on creating true to the world of independent art: telling stories that need to be told, and creating music that needs to be heard. Since Sept 2016, over 60 projects have moved (or are moving) through the company. 21 completed projects have received over 50 film festival acceptances internationally, received just under 70 award nominations and 24 awards, including “Best Animation,” “Best Drama: Short” “Best Short”, “Best Picture.” Both Spaceship and his partner and wife Koura Linda, have been awarded “Best Director,” for 3 different films. Spaceship has been writing, recording and releasing songs for a few years now, as well as performing at American venues on both east and west coasts (including The ASCAP Music Cafe at Sundance 2020, Johnny Cash’s Hideaway Farm, The Viper Room and, more famously, His Bedroom.)Aside from recording his own original music, he is also an Audio Curator, and contributing artist to 2 Emmy Award wins for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s production company hitRECord. His songs “The Spaces Between” and “Of The Future” were produced for the Emmy Award-winning TV series Hit Record on TV. His work was also used in the Emmy Award-winning YouTube Original Series “Create Together” by hitRECord. Spaceship is proud to have worked with artists from all around the world on major promotional campaigns for LG and Samsung and the U.S. National Park Service (just to name a few). He directed Space Dream Productions’ short film “Tidings”, which won the 2020 Miami 48 Hour Film Project and earned a slot at Filmapalooza 2021.

You can find out more about Space Dream Productions by clicking below.

How to Make a Great Film on a Deadline

How to make a great film on a deadline
-Presented by Koura Linda

With so many elements going in to every step of creating a film, what are the key points to check when rushing a project through from development to completion?

In this workshop, we will cover how to make a great film on a deadline and give you an over-all understanding of the tent pole aspects that can help to make sure your film holds up.

From story development and pre-pro to lighting, sound and wardrobe, to color-grading an how to cut your film to a time limit. Plus much more.

The Organization of Independent Filmmakers is pleased to introduce you to our Guest Host, Koura Linda.

Koura Linda
Koura Linda

Koura is the Founder and President of Space Dream Productions, an independent film and music production company with a focus on creating true to the world of independent art: telling stories that need to be told, and creating music that needs to be heard. Space Dream Productions have moved over 60 projects, have received over 50 film festival acceptances internationally and received just under 70 award nominations and 24 awards, including “Best Animation,” “Best Drama: Short” “Best Short”, “Best Picture.”  

In her early 20s, she fell in love with the Art Department and spent the next almost decade working on set and event design, eventually getting into full production design.
Knowing that production design entails more than just a fancy set, Koura studied acting and writing and camera and lighting, working as a day-player where she could, and even going to a 3-day rigging intensive to become a certified set rigger and later working with electric, rigging lights on concert stages across LA.
When she wasn’t 50 feet in the air on a truss rig she’d helped build, she was studying design and make-up and wardrobe, eventually moving up to Art Director and then Production Designer for large private events, then music videos and TV shows and short films.
With such a strong background, it was a small leap to jump over to learning more about camera, sound, and then producing and directing, releasing Space Dream Productions’ first film in August 2016.
Recognized as a contributing artist to two Emmy Award wins through her work for open collaborative production platform, hitRECord, in August 2019, Koura was also awarded The Mico Award for Innovation, Courage, Excellence in Film in Las Vegas, for her career thus far as an Independent Filmmaker.
Space Dream Productions’ short film “Tidings” won the 2020 Miami 48 Hour Film Project and earned a slot at Filmapalooza 2021.

You can find out more about Space Dream Productions by clicking below.


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Workshop Series

Screenwriter

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.

The Organization of Independent Filmmakers does not endorse any company, product or service mentioned on this site or mentioned by any of its users or contributing authors. The content and any opinions expressed via this site solely belong to the Contributing Authors or Hosts conveying the same and are not necessarily those of this Organization.

Special Effects Make-up Basics

The Following Fx/Make-up Topics were covered:

  • Bruising
  • Shading
  • Cuts
  • Bloods


Have knowledge to share with fellow filmmakers?

Consider hosting a virtual workshop to and share your expertise with our arts community.


If you or someone you know would like to share their experience with other filmmakers and artists, please reach out to us.
For Article Submissions, please visit the Submission Page.

Thank you for caring and sharing!

Workshop Series

Screenwriter

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.

The Organization of Independent Filmmakers does not endorse any company, product or service mentioned on this site or mentioned by any of its users or contributing authors. The content and any opinions expressed via this site solely belong to the Contributing Authors or Hosts conveying the same and are not necessarily those of this Organization.

Getting Real With Reality Shows

Presented by Jason Gregory

Jason D. Gregory
Jason D. Gregory

Jason D. Gregory received his MFA in Film Production in 2019 and is a screenwriting lecturer at the University of Central Florida. He is a working writer and producer as well as a producer with 13 Brains, an unscripted reality show production company. Their first series premiered on Netflix in February 2021.

Finally, Gregory is the president of the Orlando Urban Film Festival; a film festival dedicated to promoting and celebrating multicultural content creators. Jason is also a Board Member of the Organization of Independent Filmmakers

Navigating IMDb Awards Credits

Filmmaker Workshop

This Virtual Workshop was held on February 3, 2021

How to add your nominations/awards to your IMDb page

-presented by Robin Hofmann (Click below for the video archive)

Robin Hoffmann

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Robin Hofmann,

Writer, Director and Producer.
Robin started producing content to spread awareness and highlight individuals who may not have had a voice otherwise. Robin started with an online baking show focusing on gluten free recipes and spreading awareness on a variety of disabilities. Shortly after, she began interviewing “ordinary people with extraordinary stories” on her online talk show, Chat with Me. To date, Robin has written and published three children’s books, completed a novel and written and produced four short films.


Actors and Directors Workshop

Director-Actor Workshop
Click on the image for a partial audio archive of this workshop

This Virtual Workshop was held on September 2, 2020

Breaking Down the Boundaries: Actors and Directors

-presented by Marco DiGeorge (Click below for the audio archive)

Note: The workshop audio archive is a partial recording of the original presentation.

Marco DiGeorge has a love for teaching and the arts which has led him to the various endeavors he is involved with today, including Co-Founder and Teacher at Truthful Acting Studios, Adjunct Professor in the Film Department at UCF, one of the founding members and Artistic Director of Theater On The Edge, Producer at Doctrine Creative, and father of five.

After an amazing experience producing and directing several shows at Theater On The Edge, Marco has also recently been back on stage as an actor, portraying the unhinged and provocative radio host Barry Champlain in the acclaimed show Talk Radio.

Marco is also privileged to be working side-by-side with his amazing wife, Samantha, who is the set-designer for Theater On The Edge, and Director of Operations at Truthful Acting.


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 http://trentduncan.com/  for more on Trent’s work.

Screenwriter

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.