Independent filmmaking is concerned with film production and distribution that occurs outside of major film studios and entertainment distribution companies. 

Creative producing is at the heart of filmmaking and it is very fitting that there is a module on independent filmmaking included, because one of the progenitors of my MTA Portfolio was a filmmaking project. 

Filmmaking was a huge part of my Bachelor’s degree so I already had grounding in the practicalities of filmmaking.

While there were still some technical aspects I wanted to figure out, this module more so exists so I could delve into the legal and business aspects of independent film production and distribution. 

9 Courses

Explore Filmmaking: From Script to Screen

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: National Film and Television School

Started: 02/02/2015

Finished: 22/06/2016

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Documentary: New Trends, New Formats

Platform: edX

Institution: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Started: 17/02/2015

Finished: 22/06/2016

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Digital Storytelling: Filmmaking for the Web

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Birmingham, BBC Academy & Creative Skillset

Started: 28/09/2015

Finished: 29/09/2015

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The Business of Film

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: The Open University

Started: 07/10/2015

Finished: 17/10/2015

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Film Distribution: Connecting Films with Audiences

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Film Distributors Association

Started: 16/05/2018

Finished: 18/05/2018

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IFA 2-Day Masterclass: Secrets to Selling Your First Film

Platform: Independent Film Academy

Institution: Independent Film Academy

Started: 17/11/2015

Finished: 19/11/2015


Unlocking Film Rights: Understanding UK Copyright

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Creative Skillset

Started: 29/06/2016

Finished: 30/06/2016

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Visual Effects for Guerilla Filmmakers

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Norwich University of the Arts

Started: 04/08/2017

Finished: 05/08/2017

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DSLR Video Tips: Technical Knowledge

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 23/12/2017

Finished: 27/03/2018

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4 Books

The Digital Filmmaking Handbook: The definitive guide to digital filmmaking

Author: Mark Brindle & Chris Jones (Foreword)

Publisher: Quercus

Published: 2014

Started: 18/06/2013

Finished: 01/02/2014

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What I Really Want to Do is PRODUCE...

Author: Helen de Winter

Publisher: Faber

Published: 2006

Started: 23/04/2014

Finished: 16/07/2014

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Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution in the Digital Era

Author: Jon Reiss

Publisher: Hybrid Cinema

Published: 2015

Started: 06/06/2014

Finished: 25/04/2017

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Web TV Series: How to Make and Market Them

Author: Dan Williams

Publisher: Creative Essentials

Published: 2013

Started: 15/04/2017

Finished: 27/04/2017

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Part of what makes independent filmmaking such an admirable endeavor is that it’s firmly rooted in a rugged sense of resourcefulness and problem solving.
Whereas high-end Hollywood producers are more likely to throw money at a problem, independent filmmakers are forced to solve that problem through creativity and a never-give-up DIY attitude. For them, procuring more money just isn’t an option, so if they want to see their film to completion, they have to find other ways to work around problems.

Rob Hardy, How Filmmaking Teaches Us to Live a Good Life,