Making a Movie Without a Hollywood Budget and Big Crew
The B&H Event Space (420 9th Ave., Manhattan)
1-3pm (arrive at least 15 mins. early)

Most video seminars focus on “the gear” when talking about the DSLR as a movie making tool, but few provide a case study, showing by example, how to take an idea, create a project and monetize it. There is a high demand right now for story driven content for the web and beyond. We live in an age where the content creator is king/queen of their content’s financial destiny – the gates to the kingdom are open to all who are willing to think outside the box and do “the work”.

This seminar will provide the audience with information on how to take a personal project from concept to reality and maximize its potential in the marketplace. Gail Mooney uses her film, Opening Our Eyes, Best Documentary at the 2012 Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival, Best Documentary at the 2012 Orlando Film Festival, Utopian Visionary Award at the 2012 Utopia Film Festival and Best Humanitarian Documentary at the 2012 Bare Bones International Film Festival, as an example of how she made her project happen.

Opening Our Eyes – a feature documentary
In the summer of 2010, Gail and her daughter, Erin embarked on a 99-day journey around the world, making a film about people who were making a positive difference.

Gail will discuss making your film or creative project a reality:
• Recognizing an idea and overcoming inertia
• Breaking the project down into manageable facets
• Logistics – Scheduling, travel arrangements
• PR and press – finding the niches
• Building an audience with a project blog and utilizing social media
• Crew needs – what you really need
• In the field – the shoot – being prepared but flexible
• Post-Production – collaborating with an editor, sound mixer, composers and
music licensing, composite artiest
• Raising funds but keeping your rights – crowd funding (Kickstarter,
IndieGoGo), Grants, Sponsorships
• Distribution options – selling your project – not your soul

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