Certificate of Completion in Independent Filmmaking A-Z

Produce, Write, Direct, and
Distribute Feature Films

This is the filmmaking course that launched the careers of Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan (Momento), and Guy Ritchie (Snatch). In one weekend you learn how to take an idea, obtain the script, create a budget, finance the project, direct the shoot, edit the film, attend festivals, secure an agent, and then market, sell, and distribute around the world.

Saturday (Filmmaking) focuses step-by-step on the actual process of shooting the film, from scheduling
to lighting to cinematography. Sunday (Film
Business) is dedicated to the business of financing,
distributing, and selling that movie globally. The
course applies to feature films with budgetsranging
from as low as $5,000 to as high as $5 million.

You'll learn about

  • Producing low-budget features
  • Directing independent film
  • Writing screenplays that sell
  • Explore the international dimensions of project management
  • Financing films
  • Foreign sales, video and cable deals, festival awards

Bonus: Digital Filmmaking Nuts-and-Bolts and Screenwriting A-Z.
All enrollee's receive a filmmaker's workbook and a certificate of completion.

Dov S-S Simens, founder of the Hollywood Film Institute, has been producing films for the past decade, and has taught in the film schools at USC, UCLA, and NYU in addition to his independent film workshops.

Classes are convenient for people living and working in
Los Angeles, Torrance, Long Beach, Carson, Compton,
El Segundo, Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Hawthorne, Gardena, Lakewood, Paramount, Bellflower, Downey, Inglewood and other parts of the South Bay and Southern California.

Classes are held in the Chaplin Theater at Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90038


For Further Information:
Call Jim Bouchard at 310-243-3729 or send email to jbouchard@csudh.edu