Crash Course: Indie Filmmaking

Saturdays 11/7, 11/14 & 11/21 @ 2:00pm - 3:30pm PT

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Let's say you have this idea for a film. No, let's say you have this vision for a film. You can see it all play out just right in your minds' eye. You don't just know the story you want to tell, you know how you want to tell it. 

You don't want to wait for someone else to come on board and craft this idea into a film. You want to make it yourself. But the world of indie filmmaking can seem daunting to the uninitiated. What are some elements you need to incorporate into the script? How do you plan and execute a shoot? And what do you do with all this footage once it's done? 

To demystify the process, Roadmap is hosting a special three session event!


How It Works:

  • Each week, we will cover a different aspect of indie filmmaking. 
  • Following each lecture, we will answer your questions live.
  • As always, all Webinars are recorded and all registrants will receive the recordings after the live broadcast! 


    Week #1: Writing a Killer Script 

    Week #2: Planning and Production

    Week #3: The Wonderful World of Post

    About Your Host

    Zac Allard is the creative executive of Exile Entertainment. Zac has extensive experience working at numerous production companies and was one of the early readers on The Black List. Exile Entertainment represents Academy Award-winning writer/directors Guillermo Del Toro (SHAPE OF WATER), Damien Chazelle (LA LA LAND) and Jennifer Kent (THE BABADOOK). Zac has a master’s degree in English from Georgetown and has worked to develop/edit with screenwriters and novelists and playwrights. In addition to his work in film and TV, he has published both creative and critical writing in a variety of journals and magazines. He’s repped by Folio Literary Management.

    Arman Cole is a freelance director, writer, and producer. His USC MFA thesis film SMALL ARMS, starring Tyler Young of USA Network's Eyewitness, premiered at the Creative Artists Agency Moebius showcase, played at LA International Shorts Fest, and was recently released online on Short of the Week as well as at Omeleto, where it has over 4,000,000 views. He co-produced the Warner Bros. financed proof-of-concept short film RISE which is now being developed there as a feature by Roy Lee. In addition to producing and directing web content, shorts, and music videos, he is currently developing an independent feature drama about undocumented Pakistani immigrants set in his home state of Michigan.

    Eva Contis is a Los Angeles and New Orleans based writer director. Raised in Northern California, at 22 years-old Eva sold everything she owned and moved to Vienna, Austria. The Berlin Wall had recently come down, which opened up a world that had been shut off for an entire generation. Eva had no idea she was witnessing history unfold as she drank beer and traveled through Central Europe and the former Eastern Block trying to find herself. After a year in Austria, she traveled through the United States and South America, where she continued to develop a deep commitment to humanity and social justice. After getting a degree in Latin American Studies from UCSC, Eva taught first and second grade in South Los Angeles before becoming an editor to hone her craft of storytelling. While raising her son as a single mother, she edited narrative features, documentaries and television. The animated short she edited, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore took home an Oscar in 2012. When her son became a brooding teenager and didn't want to spend time with her anymore, Eva dove into directing. Her directorial debut, The Stand, won “Top 5” at the Louisiana Film Prize, as well as a “Founder’s Circle Grant”. It screened at numerous film festivals, was Oscar qualified and landed distribution with Shorts International. It was also featured in a four-page spread in American Cinematographer. Her most recent film, Breasts, had a strong festival run that started with a premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival before heading to the Austin Film Festival for its Texas premiere, and screening worldwide at over 20 film festivals, winning awards for best short drama, best story, best international short and two awards for social impact and a nomination for best director.

    What To Expect

    Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation email that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email you will find a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to your syllabus, instructions for submitting material (if any), and the link to join the Live Class. Sessions are conducted via video conferencing software ZOOM. You will receive a link to the recording of the session via email following the live session.

    Cancellation Policy

    You may cancel for a full refund up to 72 hrs. prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this deadline will be ineligible for refunds.


    If you have any questions at all about this class, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at!

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