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A short film can be a calling card for a feature and is also a great opportunity to learn the filmmaking process. Going from a short to a feature presents many new creative and tactical issues. Learn how to take on the challenge in this three-hour Master Class with the award-winning writer/director/actor Jim Cummings, who successfully transitioned his short, Thunder Road, into a feature film.


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Topics covered include:

    00:00 - Introduction from Sundance Collab

    02:30 - Introduction from Jim

    13:40 - Moving from a Short Film to a Feature

    15:46 - Fundraising on Kickstarter and WeFunder

    22:50 - Finding Cast and Crew

    29:05 - Networking in TV, Film, and at Festivals

    33:33 - Production: Building a Team

    40:35 - Production: Scheduling and Budgeting for a Feature Film

    47:50 - Production: Selecting Essential Crew

    55:25 - Post-Production

    58:30 - Q&A

    1:06 - Exercise: Getting Your Movie Made

    01:25 - Distribution

    01:38 - Marketing and Promotion

    01:56 - Q&A

    02:48 - Closing Thoughts

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Jim Cummings is a writer/director/producer/actor whose work is funny and heart-breaking. He made Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2012. His feature film THUNDER ROAD won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW in 2018. The short film THUNDER ROAD won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. more...

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