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In this 2-Day Workshop You'll Learn:

Day 1:

Includes catered lunch
  • Producing on a budget

  • Pre-production logistics, including insurance, permits, gear, crafty and casting

  • The ins and outs of the various SAG/AFTRA contracts and which one is right for you

  • The basics of Directing

  • The 10 basic shots every Director should have in their tool box, what they communicate and when to use them

  • The "secret" shot that tells you what the scene is all about, without saying a word -- this is the shot they didn't teach me in film school but will make YOU look like a pro

  • Tone: what does it mean? How to create a visual "tone" for your film

  • Sound Design: how the sound fx and music make your project "sing"

  • Working with actors: the do's and don'ts

Day 2:

Includes catered lunch
  • The basics of story structure

  • The 9-beats every story should hit (feature or short)

  • Second Act Secrets -- The "Try/Fail" Method

  • The Cliche Busting Formula

  • Brainstorm and Outline YOUR PROJECT -- the last half of the second day will be devoted to brainstorming and outlining each participants project so that you walk out of the class with an outline of your project, ready to shoot.

Plus at the end of the 2-day workshop you'll have access to a full resource library



Are you a creative person who just hasn't been able to "pull the trigger" on starting a project?


Do you have a "passion project" that you Just. Can't. Get. Financed?


Are you waiting for someone... anyone... to help you get started?


Are you dying to get to work on your creative project but you just don't know HOW to start?

If any of these things are true, then you definitely need this workshop. I was right where you are not too long ago and I can say from my own experience (and my clients') that there is a way to get started and actually shoot a feature (or a short) IN ONE DAY which will open creative doors for you that, right now, are closed to you. I can't wait to share what I know with you!

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Kathi Carey is an award-winning writer/producer/director who's films have won over 50 awards. She has navigated the process of both the Emmy FYC and the Academy Awards and wrote a book about all of it: "CAST YOURSELF: The Actor's Guide to Self-Producing." Her passion is making movies and helping others to do the same.


Nick H. at the Sundance Film Festival promoting the film written, produced and directed for him by Kathi.

Sasha C. with Kathi at Worldfest, Houston. Kathi directed and produced the film that Sasha wrote. Kathi brought the film that she wrote, produced and directed for Nick H. Both films won the top award (Platinum) in their category.

"... I spilled out a stream of semi-coherent ideas for a film we wanted to make. Kathi took the jumble of ideas and on the spot, wove them into a story outline for us that was SO perfect, I think my jaw was hanging open. I definitely remember chills running down my spine. It was one of those profound moments of recognizing 'something great just happened here.'"

Rachel H.

"Kathi is a writer who is able to take the 'straw' that is your very rough, very vague idea and spin it into storytelling gold. As a director her phenomenal creativity, her unerring eye and artistic instinct and experience as an actor herself informs everything she does. As a producer she is a veritable master at organization and logistics. In short: she is the person you want by your side on any project!"

Bettina K.

"I think Kathi is the female Steven Spielberg."

Hunter Todd

Director, WorldFest, Houston

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