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The Self-Sufficient Filmmaker

via CreativeLive


Independent filmmakers are often called on to not only write and direct, but to produce their projects. Wearing all three “hats” can be a daunting, yet inspiring proposition. In The Self-Sufficient Filmmaker with Francesca Gregorini, you’ll learn easily-applied strategies for balancing the demands of doing all three very unique jobs.

Francesca’s work has been officially selected by the Toronto Film Festival and premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at Sundance. In this class, she’ll discuss both the advantages and challenges of producing a film you’ve written and will direct. 

You’ll learn:

  • How to decide when its ‘right’ to produce your script and when to develop it further
  • Which "hat" to wear at what time from start to finish
  • Personalized paths for fundraising, production, and distribution

Francesca will explore the processes of writing, directing, and producing and how leading the charge can make these three unique perspectives more efficient, productive, and artistic.

The Self-Sufficient Filmmaker will help you develop best practices for all aspects of indie film production and inspire you to take control of your own destiny as a filmmaker. 


  • Tanner Hall & Truth About Emmanual
  • Screenwriting - Where to Find Your Inspiration
  • How to Outline & Write Your Script
  • Putting Together Your Creative Package
  • How to Get Your Project Off the Ground
  • Getting Your Foot in the Door
  • What To Do When You're There
  • Students Pitch Their Films
  • Preproduction - Working with Your Cinematographer*
  • Pre-production - 3 Scene Studies
  • Preproduction - Working with Your Production Designer
  • Preproduction - Other Department Heads
  • Preproduction - Casting
  • Working with Actors - Rehearsals & Blocking
  • Beyond the Set - Festivals, Sales, & Premiers
  • Working with Actors - Rehearsals & Blocking
  • Beyond the Set - Festivals, Sales, & Premiers

Taught by

Francesca Gregorini


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