The New Model of Independent Filmmaking – – Kelley Baker has lived it for years and he knows more about it than anyone else.  He has gotten funding for his no-budget films and successfully self distributed them all over the US and Canada.  In this workshop Kelley walks you through all of the steps you need to make your movie and not go broke.  He will also discuss ways of getting the word out and distribution possibilities for your film. Is the future of Independent Film online?  Topics include; making lower budget films, making it personal and targeted to a VERY SPECIFIC audience, creating a fan base for the film and yourself, using a mailing list to market and RAISE MONEY for your production, using your web tools (website, Facebook, etc.) to increase sales/downloads, and guarding your digital rights with your life.  Kelley will also talk about the pitfalls to avoid making and distributing an Independent Film.

Making the Extreme No Budget Film – – In 2000 Kelley Baker set out to make a full length feature film for the sum of $1000.  He failed miserably.  His budget ballooned up to $4000, (he forgot he had to feed cast and crew), but when the dust finally settled he had completed THE GAS CAFE, a 90 minute DV feature.  Along the way he set up a website, shot behind the scenes footage and made the movie that he wanted to.  What’s wrong with this guy?  In 2002 Kelley sent 100 letters to 100 Friends asking for $100 to fund Kicking Bird.  He raised $5000 and shot for 18 days.  In this workshop Kelley will walk participants through the entire process from scripting through post production.  How to get the most for very limited resources, asking the right questions to get free stuff, and working in an atmosphere where people share your vision and put in very long hours for no money, and enjoy it!

Now That Your Film Has Been Rejected… Self Distribution – – Independent filmmaking is alive and well, it’s independent distribution that is dead.  At a time when “independent” films have to have a star and a multi-million dollar budget, how do you get your films seen?   Forget Sundance, Miramax, and PBS. These places get hundreds of submissions a year.   Film distributors hate Kelley because he reads their contracts and knows the reality, even if you get a distributor you will probably never see a dime!. So how do you make money on your film?  From wooden nickels to websites, to press kits and reviews Kelley Baker walks you though different ways on how to get an audience to turn out for your screenings.   He challenges you to assess the real market for your film and provides examples of other filmmakers getting their work out, after their films were turned down by traditional distributors.   He’ll discuss creating a fan base for the film and yourself, using a mailing list to market your production, using web tools (website, Facebook, etc.) to increase sales/downloads and guarding your digital rights with your life. You’ve already made the thing, what good is it doing sitting on your shelf?

It’s The Dialog Stupid!  Sound Design on Independent Features – – As the Sound Designer on Gus Van Sant’s films, as well as animated features,  network television specials and his own features,  Kelley Baker has a unique approach to the Art of Sound Design.  Whether you’re working with a huge budget, or a non-existent one, sound is the one area of filmmaking that always gets little attention, until the very end.  “We’ll fix it in the mix…” is an often heard expression, but what does that mean?  As a sound designer it usually means you’re in trouble.  There’s never enough money or time to do sound right.  So what do you do?  Do you mix in digital?  Dolby?  How many formats are there and which one is going to give you the most options?  Kelley will share his insights, and show you creative solutions to many sound problems.  He’ll also discuss what to do when you have no budget, and how to blow a lot of money when you do have it.

Pre-Production on Extreme Low Budget Features – – In this 3 hour work shop Kelley will walk you through the ins and outs of everything you need to do before you get to the set.  From staged readings and actor rehearsals, to script break downs and securing lots of free stuff Kelley has seen and done it all.  How do you know if you’ve hired the right crew?  What kind of insurance should you have, and how much?  What happens if one of your locations falls through at the last minute?   Do you have location releases, actor releases?  Who gets a certificate of insurance?  How long should Pre-production even last?  “I believe that your movie is made before you ever step on the set.  If you get Pre-production right then the rest of your schedule should go smooth, and when it doesn’t you need to know what to do to get it back on track.”

Learn Your Craft!  Making Short Films – – In 1992 Kelley Baker had his first child so he decided to make a fun little film about it.  The result, YOU’LL CHANGE (3 min), has been seen all over the world.  Not bad for a little movie shot on short ends for less than $1000.  He followed this with Stolen Toyota, also made for under $1000.   He has made 8 personal short films which have screened on PBS, The Learning Channel, Canadian and Australian television and have won numerous awards in film festivals like London, Sydney, Annecy, Edinburgh, Sundance, Chicago and others.  Kelley will discuss how he takes the little moments in his life and makes award winning films out of them for fun and profit.

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