How to Write, Direct, and Fund Film for Beginners - Ben Walton

Next Saturday, August 29th, at 3pm PDT Ben Walton will be teaching how to jumpstart your career in film. 

This is a live one hour class with 8 spots available: it will be individualized and interactive. The price is $10, and 100% of proceeds will go to charity.

This deal is for aspiring filmmakers, directors or writers looking for mentorship, feedback, and personal advice on how to get your next wins in the field.

Get intimate, individualized help from a film mentor -- it helps a lot.

Ben's background:

Ben was a law student who, coming to his senses, dropped out to pursue film. Recently a semi-finalist in the New Zealand Film Commission's Fresh Shorts funding competition. 

Perhaps most impressively to aspiring screenwriters, he was able to 100% fund his current project -- Zinzan -- on Indiegogo. He'll share with you how he did it, and what your steps should be.

This one-hour online class will take place August 29th 3pm PDT (6pm EDT) for $10.

In his own words -

He said, “I wasn’t happy with where I was, my heart just wasn’t in law. I’d never really thought that making films is something that I could do. I’ve always enjoyed watching film and telling stories, but it seems so far off from making them myself. In school, I stumbled upon a creative paper and it made me realize I didn’t love what I was doing. I wanted to do something more creative, and as soon as I started messing around with making films, it clicked for me.

“So I dropped out of law school and went to a post-grad filmmaking school.

Filmmaking isn’t just for the die-hard directors however, everyone can take part, even if they have an everyday job. Ben works at a non-profit by day and works on film during his down time.

He said, “Many filmmakers, such as myself, have a job on the back burner to make sure we can sustain some type of guaranteed revenue.

“I think trying out film is great for anyone who likes film or writing (as a hobby or eventually full time job). It’s really easy to just put together a few minute video or a longer one over the course of a few months. It’s really rewarding and a lot of fun.

“Nowadays, anyone can make a short film and get it out there for people to see. You can make a film on your phone and post it to YouTube to get feedback in hardly any time at all. The downside to this is there’s a lot of content out there so it’s hard to break through. You have to distinguish yourself.

“I think the most unique and best stories are ones that are simply honest from the person who’s telling them. If you’re just mimicking someone else’s work it won’t stand out and you won’t make an impact. Whether it’s the story you tell, the way you work with your actors or the way you film things differently, it has to be honest to yourself.

“There are lots of opportunities for anyone with great content or storytelling. For example, there are tons of Indie film festivals that run worldwide dying for interesting content. That’s not necessarily stuff that looks amazing, but just a person telling a good story.

“One of the hardest part about filmmaking for me was learning to trust other people with my good story. Unlike many forms of art, like painting for example, you can’t do it all yourself. You need a support network where you can get feedback and help. Many times you’ll think something is perfect if someone else is not there to check your work.

“Through my experience mentoring other film-makers and directors, I’ve realized the importance of understanding what they want to do and helping them get to that point. If you’re mentoring someone too much on small details, you’re probably not doing a good job and should instead be helping their trajectory match their long term goals.

This class will help you:

  • Learn what technical skills are needed in the film industry
  • How to cast
  • Learn how to effectively raise funding 
  • Start filming now!

Come take this live, personalized, five-person class for one-hour. 

This class is next Saturday (August 29th) at 3pm UDT.


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