If you are interested in making your own movies and going indie I have a seminar you need to know about. It takes places at Raleigh Studios. That is right across the street from Paramount. Here are all of the important details, which came from InfoList.com. So check it out!


(former low-budget financing arm of The Independent Film Channel)

Saturday & Sunday, MAY 30 & 31, 2009
10am – 6pm
Raleigh Studios
Chaplin Theater
5300 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

No-Budget first-features launched the careers of filmmakers like Christopher Nolan (“Memento,” “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight”), Joe Carnahan (“Narc,” “Smokin’ Aces”), Darren Aronofsky (“Pi,” “Requiem For A Dream,” “The Wrestler”), Marc Forster (“Monsters Ball,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Quantum of Solace”), Tim Story (“Barbershop,” “Fantastic Four,” “Rise of the Silver Surfer”), David Gordon Green (“All The Real Girls,” “Pineapple Express”), Justin Lin (“Fast & Furious”), and Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow,” “Black Snake Moan”).

Their first films all went through the offices of Next Wave Films, the former low budget financing arm of The Independent Film Channel. Now Mark Stolaroff, a principal of Next Wave, is sharing what he’s learned from years in the trenches in this in-depth, one-of-a-kind class.

Micro-budget (under $200,000) filmmaking is unique. The rules of production and post are radically different from those of studio projects or even “low” budget $1 million films. Stolaroff and guest experts teach the specific methods, models and priorities of micro-budget filmmaking in this unique class specifically designed for the no-budget filmmaker.

In this two-day intensive class:
* LEARN cutting edge techniques and how to choose the latest digital cameras and software
* HEAR no-budget professionals offer first-hand knowledge of production, post production, marketing, and distribution
* EXAMINE a budget line-by-line and discover where and how to spend money (and, more importantly, not spend money)–whether your budget is $200,000 or $2,000
* SEE clips from micro-budget films illustrating the tricks-of-the-trade used by resourceful filmmakers

If you’re through talking about being a filmmaker and ready to become one, this will be the most practical filmmaking class you will ever take.


Peter Broderick, President, Paradigm Consulting. Considered one of the world’s leading authorities on alternative distribution strategy

Jay Duplass, Director. “The Puffy Chair” made for $15k; premiered at 2005 Sundance and released theatrically. No-budget follow-up “Baghead” premiered at 2008 Sundance and released by Sony Pictures Classics. Currently directing film for Fox Searchlight starring Marisa Tomei, John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill & Catherine Keener.

Alex Holdridge, Director. “In Search Of A Midnight Kiss” made for $15k; released theatrically by IFC Films and won the coveted Cassevetes Award at 2009 Spirit Awards, given to best feature made for under $500k

Matt Radecki, Producer; Founder, Different By Design. Has produced numerous low-budget features and runs post house that caters to indie filmmakers.

Additional speakers to be announced.

Get up to $50 OFF on PREPAID Registration tuition prices if you mention INFOLIST.com when you register!
Full Class: $225 – (normally $275!)
Single Day: $125 (normally $150!)
Student Discount: take an additional $25 off the InfoList.com registration prices ($200 full, $100 single day)
Walk-in rate, at the door (if seats available): $325 full course, $175 single day)

1. Go to NBFS Registration/Payment page: www.nobudgetfilmschool.com/id4.html
2. Select INFOLIST.com from the pull down menu line “How did you hear about this class.”
3. Enter the other information requested, and complete your registration.

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Mark Stolaroff has produced and financed numerous award-winning micro-budget and low-budget feature films. As a principal at IFC’s Next Wave Films, he evaluated over 2,000 feature films for investment and provided finishing funds to several exceptional low budget films, including Christopher Nolan’s “Following” and Joe Carnahan’s “Blood Guts Bullets & Octane”. He has worked closely with several talented directors at the beginning of their careers, including Nolan, Carnahan, David Gordon Green, Dan Myrick, Craig Brewer, Darren Aronofsky, and Amir Bar-Lev. While at Next Wave, he created festival strategy and secured distribution for an Academy Award nominated documentary (Sound & Fury), a Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner (Southern Comfort), and a $3,000 feature that was the first in Sundance Dramatic Competition to be both shot and projected digitally (Some Body). He was a producer on several indie hits, including Manic, starring Don Cheadle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. Next Wave Films took seven films to Sundance and five to Toronto; nine were released theatrically in the U.S. and two premiered on HBO; nine were shot digitally and six of those were transferred to film.
Stolaroff has lectured around the world and at many major film festivals. He has taught film classes at UCLA Extension and participated in numerous filmmaking panels, including IFP-LA’s Digital Filmmaking Series in 2001 and 2002 (which he moderated and co-produced). He has written articles on micro-budget digital filmmaking for Scientific American, Filmmaker and many others. He has served on numerous festival juries, and is on the Advisory Board of the Filmmakers Alliance and was formerly on the board of HBO’s US Comedy Arts Film Festival. He has diverse low- and no-budget production experience–including production managing an Academy Award winning short film–and is currently in post on a new feature that he produced, “Pig.” He holds a business degree and a film degree from the University of Texas in Austin and previously worked in investment banking for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets.