Complete Your Enrollment by Sunday 11:59pm PDT.
We’ve had some incredible people join us
and have more applications to review so we’re
keeping enrollment open through Sunday.
This course was born out of many years of hard work,
and literally millions of dollars that we’ve raised and spent
on filming and marketing our films.
We’ve created a number of successful movies, but they didn’t come without learning
some hard (and expensive!) lessons. The Movie Maker Academy is designed to show you
everything we know so you can skip the mistakes we made and start out miles ahead of
where we started.
Last year we decided that instead of making more films, we could have a greater
impact on the planet by teaching a group of change-makers how to use our
techniques to launch their own film projects to success.
Our mission is to teach you everything we’ve learned about how
to make a successful movie, from start to finish. That means figuring
out who your audience is, how to get the film funded, how to actually
create a compelling picture, and perhaps most importantly, how to
promote your movie and start a movement.
This information isn’t out there anywhere.
A Filmmakers Inner Circle
The three of us first got together to help one another.
We each specialize in different aspects of filmmaking and
I (Jeff writing now) was delighted with what I learned from
our collaboration – and would have been fine keeping this
information behind closed doors.
But not Nick. Nick kept saying how much he wished he had a
mentor like one of us when he was starting out.
Here’s his story (from Nick):
When I first got started in this business, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. My friends had started making a documentary and after realizing they were in over their heads, they called me because of my creative background – I had gone to graphic design school, not film school. Somehow this qualified me to give them guidance on their film project.
After a few weeks of advising them, I ended up taking over as director of the film. Considering my lack of experience, it seems a little crazy in hindsight – but sometimes you just feel a calling in your bones, and you know that you’re meant to help bring a message forward. This was mine.
As we got started, we figured there had to be a course or series of books out there for filmmakers wanting to make an impact on the world while also making a good living from their efforts. We were wrong.
Movies like The Secret, and What The Bleep Do We Know were coming out and making a HUGE splash and I kept searching for some kind of guide on how they did it. But there were no resources available at the time.
The few people who knew how to make smash hit independent films were keeping their strategies to themselves.
Now, 10 years later, with a few very successful films under my belt, I’m teaming up with two other heavy hitting filmmakers, Pedram Shojai and Jeff Hays to show you EVERYTHING we know about creating a successful film. We hold absolutely nothing back in this program.”
What’s in the Movie Maker Academy?
This section is worth the price of the course in itself. We give you all of our strategies to raising money for your film project, whether you’re coming to the table with your own money or starting without any funding. A little secret: Jeff Hays shares some priceless techniques on how to use crowd-funding to pay for your entire film… He’s one of a tiny number of people in our industry with this knowledge (featured in Forbes Magazine). We’ll also share our investor agreements that costs us over $50,000 in legal fees to create.
Now that you’ve created a buzz with your picture, how do you want to distribute it? Are you going to hold onto all the rights and distribute it yourself? Are you going to screen it in theaters, on television? Are Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu appealing to you, and why? We go into every mode of distribution that is available so that you can custom tailor an approach that makes the most sense to your project.
Another little secret: We give away our “secret sauce” in this section and teach you how to host your own free online screenings of your movie. This might seem simple, but doing it right takes some specific strategies and systems that we only share in this course.
How to start a movement with your film
The course will begin on: JUNE 13, 2016 and will feature one module every week for 10 weeks. Each module features 8 lessons or more and will be released every Monday.
The live calls will be on Wednesday afternoons at 3pm PDT weekly. They will always be recorded and we will take questions beforehand for those who can’t make it and post our answers. You’ll have access to all recorded calls for life.
We have several guest faculty coming to the party including Betsy Chasse (What the
Bleep do we Know?), James Colquhoun (Food Matters/Hungry for Change), Alex
Jameison (Supersize Me), and many many more. We like surprises…
So what does it cost?
We wrestled with this. We want to be paid for the hundreds of hours we’ve spent creating the curriculum and sharing our “our secret sauce”, but we also want it to be affordable for anyone who really wants to make a film that starts a movement.
As we worked on this, Nick kept saying “I can’t tell you how much I wish I had had someone to teach me this stuff when I was starting!”
The 3 of us have been doing this for a long time and our
specialties fill in different pieces of the puzzle.
Pedram has built the biggest list, that allowed him to quickly soar to the NY Times bestseller list with his latest book.
Jeff has been short-listed for an Academy Award following a traditional model and was able to learn, launch, and succeed using the online strategies that Pedram, Nick and a few others coached him on.
Nick’s films have been screened in major film festivals worldwide. His innovative content and promotional strategy have given rise to one of the most active alternative health communities ever built.
If your application is accepted, we will give you full enrollment for $3000.
The first step is to apply below and give us a good idea of who you are
and what your project is. We’ve had many applicants already and the deadline for
all applications is Tuesday, June 7th at 5:00pm Pacific Time
Once accepted, you can pay in one of two ways:
1 payment of $3000 or 3 payments of $1100 spread out
over 3 months. And we decided, if you don’t agree that it’s worth at least
10 times your investment, we’ll refund your money 100%.
You are about to catapult your project to success and be part of a collective of passionate
filmmakers of all shapes and sizes.