We’re taking applications for a limited number of seats for our new Movie Maker Academy where we teach you how to fund, film, and distribute your project. If you’re committed to making an impact and are willing to learn, please apply now.
Accepting Applications For a Limited Time
Once the course begins, you can go at your own pace.
The live calls will be on the last Wednesday of each month at 2pm PST. 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.
Note We are active filmmakers who are on location now and again so the monthly call times are occasionally shifted
All the information is yours. As each module is released to you, you’ll have lifetime access
to it and can always go back. We have an enormous amount of content that you can pick
and choose from as needed in the course but have also committed to listening to YOU
each week and layering in more information as we learn where you may be stuck.
We have several guest faculty including Betsy Chasse (What the
Bleep do we Know?), James Colquhoun (Food Matters/Hungry for Change), Alex
Jameison (Supersize Me), Joe Martino (Collective Evolution), and many more. We bring VIPs…
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.”
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.
Pedram loved the idea of teaching a group of change makers the real tools to make
movies, to start movements. So, we did it.
Last year we decided that instead of us making more films, we could have a greater
impact on the planet by teaching a group of passionate filmmakers how to use our
techniques to launch their own projects to success.
We’ve learned a lot and are excited about learning more about how we can adapt the free-screening model to marketing and monetizing our completed NARRATIVE FEATURE film which we would like to grow into a movement. She Sings to the Stars is the first of a cycle of 4 films we are producing about restoring the feminine voice (in both women and men) to a world turned upside down.
Thank you kindly! You guys are great
I could go on and on, but I will take this moment to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the incredible openness, honesty, humility, and fun you all provided consistently throughout the course. I feel as if I know you and truly do look forward to having with you at “the pool” someday. I am a huge fan and believer in Mastermind groups and sessions and you guys are totally doing it and reaping the benefits from it as well!
Please do keep me posted as you craft your Deep Dive group, I would love to know about that when you put that together.
With gratitude! Let’s go change the world!
Before you spend countless hours and hard earned money making this project, let’s pressure test your film concept. We’ll go into the criteria we use to make sure your initial idea for a film will lend itself well to this medium. What are the needs in your market or niche? What aesthetic would best serve this topic? How would you present and film it?
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.
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!”
Pedram has built the biggest list, that allowed him to quickly soar to the NY Times bestseller list with his book “The Urban Monk.” He’s made three successful films and written three books.
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.
The tuition for the Academy is currently $5000.
You can pay in one of two ways: 1 payment of $5000 or 3 payments of $1800 spread out
over 3 months. We now offer flexible third party financing as well. We honor a 30 day money back guarantee.
You are about to catapult your project to success and be part of a collective of passionate
filmmakers of all shapes and sizes.
We would be honored to have you in our Movie Maker Academy.
These appealing and successful filmmakers come from a place of wanting to make the world a better place. And their offering these invaluable lessons is testament to that philosophy.
I’ve been a filmmaker for forty-six years and talk about teaching an old dog new tricks, this course is chock full of important lessons. I would highly recommend it to anyone setting out to make a documentary film. And to those like me trying to figure out how to make a living from one’s filmmaking passion. It’s the Bible baby!
Just a FEW of the things I’ve learned along the way (and I could go on all day):
• How to combine a sense of business, purpose and art
• How to research a potential audience
• How to think on a much bigger scale
• That a team can create so much more than one
• A much better understanding of backend and crowd funding, and more.
• The piece about legacy was so insightful, it’s still resonating.
There are hundreds of more things I learned, and I plan to go through all the videos again to pick up the hundreds I’m sure I missed.
I’m looking forward to sharing my movie(s) with you guys some day on a professional level. That may be a while though. Right now I feel like the kid who has decided to join the swim team but currently can only dog paddle.
Thank you for not only the knowledge to continue forward, but the courage. This is the best class I’ve ever accidentally signed up for. J
I’m starting from the very start (building a team, myself starting with no film skills or knowledge!), but am very definitely taking action.