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TONIGHT LIVE @ 7PM PST Tiny Budget Feature Film Strategies for Frugal Producers


How much you spend to make a film has nothing to do with how much it earns when you sell it. It's perfectly possible to spend $1M+ on a film and have it earn nothing it all. Tangerine cost $100K to produce and earned $800k+. El Mariachi cost $7000 to make and earned $2M+. You can struggle for years and take lots of risks to make a film, or you can happily make several projects a year that make money. In this workshop you get very specific advice on how to produce projects profitably, and get links to tools and resources that help make it easy.

This live workshop covers skills and information that can help you start producing projects more swiftly, cost effectively, and profitably.

TIP: I personally think you really should not be attempting to produce a feature film with a budget of over $250K until you have produced several smaller projects ($10K-$100K) profitably.  This is true even if you are hiring "expert help" to aid you. Spending more on your projects doesn't guarantee their success, and does significantly increase your risk. You need to understand intellectual property right fundamentals, fundamentals of distribution, legal issues involved in hiring people, etc. You need to know how to do due diligence (check credits, check references, get legal review of contracts, check for judgements or fraud complaints) on everyone you work with, and that becomes critical as development costs and budgets go up.  Doing small, cheap, profitable films correctly helps learn these things in the context of making quick-to-shoot projects. It helps you develop a trusted team of advisors, gives you good credits, and helps you know if you actually enjoy producing before you bet the farm on a project. 

VIP PRO members will automatically receive an invitation to attend this workshop at 3pm and 6pm Thursday. They already have access to all resources, will get a recording of the event free, and can attend upcoming live workshops free.  To become a VIP/PRO for $20/month or $87/year go to

If you would prefer to sign up just for this workshop, go to

Topics Addressed in this workshop include:

  • What hardware to shoot on.
  • What software to edit with.
  • Where to shoot for free and cheap.
  • What kind of projects are cheapest and easiest to produce and earn the most money.
  • Making your movie look more expensive than it is.
  • Guaranteeing distribution.
  • Getting paid.
  • Why shooting several inexpensive features pays off better than shooting one large project.
  • Why shooting something you own lock, stock, and barrel is a very good thing.
  • Why not having to borrow money or find investors to fund a film is a very good thing.

Resources that come with this workshop include:

  • Video: Contract Fundamentals with Attorney Justin Sterling
  • Avoiding Litigation with Attorney Justin Sterling
  • Workbook: Avoiding Litigation with Attorney Justin Sterling
  • How to Hire People Legally & Get Workers Comp Nationwide with Castifi
  • How to Book Locations
  • Lecture Notes Renting Locations
  • Creating Film Distribution Deliverables with Barbara Javitz
  • Video Sam Kleinman Film and TV Content Distribution Realities and Options
  • Video How to create an independent film budget using Excel.
  • Video Writing a Screenplay using Final Draft and other applications.
  • Video Due Diligence The Art & Science of Not Getting Scammed
  • Video The $100 Home Studio
  • An edited video of the live workshop will be added to this library of resources after the event is over.
  • If you have questions about this workshop, email


“ Nancy you are amazing. Thank you for doing all this to benefit all of us newcomers. ” — DP

“ Very relevant and helpful. Nancy, you're doing a great job! Thank you! ”

— Pamela Davis

“ Nancy is amazing and such a gift to the filmmaking community. ”

— Jim Henson

“ Nancy, you amaze me with your giving spirit and ability to bring such great guests on board. Thanks for all you do to help us excel in our careers. ”

— Susan Shearer

“ A very useful, educational resource that is incredibly generous in giving knowledge and expertise to the film making community. ”

— Pippa Hinchley

“ Good information resource. Well organized. ”

— JB

“ Nancy's Film Funding Club is very valuable. Always lots of great information. It's very obvious that she puts a lot of work into these seminars for us (slide shows, audio recordings, coordinating guest speakers, etc.). I am very grateful and appreciative to her and her guests for their time and talent to help further our careers. ”

— Jodi

“ interesting, innovative approach. thank you, Nancy! ”

— Camille Bacos

“I'm thoroughly enjoying this club. I wish I had found out about it way earlier, I'd be way ahead of the game. I would recommend this club to anyone who truly wants to learn the business aspect of the film industry. ”

— Reinaldo D'Amico

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