No-Budget Film School – How to Make, Market & Distribute a Micro-Budget Feature Film

Event Date May 26, 2020 @ 2pm - 4pm PST (5pm-7pm EST) May 28, 2020 @ 2pm - 4pm PST (5pm-7pm EST) June 2, 2020 @ 2pm - 4pm PST (5pm-7pm EST) June 4, 2020 @ 2pm - 4pm PST (5pm-7pm EST)
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Hi everyone,


Here’s info on a great class coming up on HOW TO MAKE, MARKET & DISTRIBUTE A MICRO-BUDGET FEATURE FILM – an examination of the making of the no-budget film Driver -X (starring Patrick Fabian of Better Call Saul).


Details are below – as always, there’s a great discount, and feel free to forward if you know anyone who’s interested in making a super low budget film!


Good luck, have a great day, and don’t forget to dream big!




Jeffrey R. Gund

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A Case Study of the Micro-Budget Feature Film


(starring Patrick Fabian from Better Call Saul)

Go deep inside the making of the award-winning no-budget feature “DriverX” with Producer Mark Stolaroff.



So you can take it from ANYWHERE!


Producer/Instructor Mark Stolaroff pulls back the curtain on the making of his successful no-budget feature DriverX, which he financed and produced.  In this in-depth, comprehensive virtual class, Stolaroff dives deep into the hyper-specifics of how to make, market and distribute a micro-budget film.


The 5th collaboration between Stolaroff and award-winning filmmaker Henry Barrial, DriverX was released theatrically by IFC Films/Sundance Selects and stars Better Call Saul’s Patrick Fabian, as well as other name actors, but was self-financed with credit cards and Kickstarter.  It’s currently streaming on Hulu and other internet video platforms.


Stolaroff’s career in the film business spans more than 30 years, and he’s been producing successful micro-budget features for more than 2 decades.  In this nuts-and-bolts (and screws and wrenches and nails and hammers) course, Stolaroff invites you into his process of no-budget producing, which he’s been refining over the last 20 years. Stolaroff reveals his unique approaches to budgeting & financing, scheduling, crewing up, post production workflow, and more, as well as mistakes that were made along the way.  He also outlines how these specific lessons apply in the general to your own no-budget features.


•  How the film was developed and designed to shoot for “no money”
•  His one-of-a-kind “no-budget” Budgeting Process
•  How numerous “name” actors were persuaded to work on the film for SAG Ultra-Low Budget scale
•  How the film was financed using personal funds and Kickstarter
•  The innovative post workflow used to complete the film
•  Exactly how much was spent in each budget category
•  The Film Festival Strategy developed for the film
•  The Marketing & Publicity techniques applied
•  The details of Distribution that are usually kept secret
        …and much more!


Because of the pandemic, we’ve all got more time than money right now.  This extensive class offers a package of skills that you’ll be able to use as soon as we’re ready to shoot again.


–  This class will be held online through the Zoom platform.

–  Slides, photos and clips will be used to illustrate the lessons taught.

–  Attendees will be able to ask questions and participate throughout the class.

–  Attendees will receive a free link to DriverX once they register, to watch before the class.



The class will be taught via Zoom in four 2-hour sessions – 8 hours of total instruction:

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020:  2pm-4pm PST (5pm-7pm EST)

Thursday, May 28th, 2020:  2pm-4pm PST (5pm-7pm EST)

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020:  2pm-4pm PST (5pm-7pm EST)

Thursday, June 4th, 2020:  2pm-4pm PST (5pm-7pm EST)


The class is broken down into 8 Sections. 2 sections will be taught per session:
1. Key Principles of Successful No-Budget Filmmaking
2. Development & Casting
3. Budgeting & Financing
4. Crew & Equipment
5. Post Production & Festival Strategy
6. Final Costs & Delivery
7. Distribution
8. Marketing



PREMIUM and PRO InfoList Members get 25% OFF!!  That’s just $111.75 (normally $149!) for an eight hour course with a top industry professional! 

UPGRADE NOW (or log in to your Premium/Pro Account) so you can take advantage of this special offer!


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DriverX is the 5th feature film collaboration between producer Mark Stolaroff and writer/director Henry Barrial.  It was self-financed and shot entirely in Los Angeles.  Based on actual events, it’s the story of a middle-aged, stay-at-home dad (played by Better Call Saul’s Patrick Fabian) who must start driving for an Uber-like rideshare company to help support his working wife and two young daughters.  It features Tanya Clark (Banshee), Desmin Borges (You’re The Worst), Travis Schuldt (Scrubs), Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Oscar Nunez (The Office), and many others.  It was an official selection at over 15 film festivals and won two awards, before securing a theatrical release through IFC Films/Sundance Selects in December 2018.  It is currently streaming on Hulu.


Mark Stolaroff is a veteran independent producer, consultant and film instructor who specializes in micro-budget production.  He has produced numerous feature films over his 30 year career, which have played at festivals around the world, winning numerous awards, and garnering worldwide distribution.  Stolaroff was previously an executive at IFC’s Next Wave Films, where he provided finishing funds to exceptional low-budget feature films, including the first features of filmmakers Christopher Nolan, Joe Carnahan, and Amir Bar Lev.  Stolaroff founded No Budget Film School in 2005 and teaches the fine art of no-budget filmmaking to hundreds of filmmakers each year.




“Mark Stolaroff’s class is a deep dive into the wonder and perils of DIY filmmaking. He covers every aspect of the process from finance and casting through production and distribution. My graduate producing students listened with a sense of awe and came away with a healthy respect for the process and how any kind of filmmaking is possible if you have the grit and determination. “

     — Russell Schwartz, Associate Professor, Creative Producing, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Chapman University


“Mark Stolaroff’s presentation on low-budget filmmaking was an eye-opening experience, inspiring and challenging our students with clear, practical steps to craft a professional film with limited resources. Mark has developed a detail-rich presentation, sharing a wealth of information about his production process, budgets, and creative workarounds.”

     — Joshua Sikora, Director of Cinema & New Media Arts at Houston Baptist University


“As soon as it’s possible, I’ll be shooting a feature in the same budget range as “DriverX,” so the minutiae was directly relevant to me and gave me concrete measures and guidelines from which to measure my own production. I’ve always wanted to go through someone else’s film like this, and have often had questions about the topics you addressed that rarely if ever get discussed, leaving people like me in the dark. I found the whole presentation helpful, but the most helpful sections were those that no one else talks about – festivals, reviews, “controlling the narrative,” distribution deals, final costs, costs following “final costs,” etc. That whole post-post-production area. Overall, very valuable for me.”

     — Anonymous Feedback Form


“Mark gave a wonderfully dynamic, interactive and entertaining talk about the concrete realities of independent, low-budget filmmaking.  His approach was practical and knowledgeable, yet not at all discouraging.  My students walked away with a renewed sense of hope that it is indeed possible to produce affordable films with high production value.”

     — Livia Bornigia, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Chair, Communication Department, University of St. Thomas


“Really appreciate your sharing your experiences and budget outlays, especially on the Post, Marketing, and Distribution side. I have 9 pages of notes from this experience! It was a great presentation, and you handled the Zoom management very well.”

     — Anonymous Feedback Form


“Mark’s presentation is an honest, no holds barred, insider’s view to producing a no budget film. He’s passionate as well as generous with details and insight about what’s it really like to get into the trenches of production. This is ideal for students who want to produce their own films, and are not going to sit by and wait for a studio green-light. He tells it like it is.”

     — Randi Barros, Lecturer, Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program, California Polytechnic State University



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