Film Producing on a Microbudget

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    £125, £113 (early booking discount), £94 concessions

Don’t wait for the dream that you will be “discovered” by a major studio or production company – make that film yourself instead on a microbudget – here’s how:

Do you have a burning ambition to make a film but do not know where to start? Film Producing on a Microbudget explodes the myth that film producing is a dark art and shows that anyone with passion and drive can produce a film. Led by multi-award winning film producer Bruce Windwood, the course strips away the mystique of filmmaking and explains in a very practical nuts and bolts kind of way, how to make and then market your film. Each session will be brimming with invaluable insider tips and industry secrets, allowing attendees a unique insight into the real, rather than perceived, world of filmmaking.

About the Course

The format of the Film Producing on a Microbudget will be highly interactive and forum based, rather than being one, long, continuous lecture. The course will cover as much ground as possible, so that students gain a broad understanding of the whole drama filmmaking process – from story and script development right through to marketing and distribution. During the weekend, there will be on-going opportunities for Q and A, allowing attendees to deal with specific queries and concerns as and when they arise.

This course is all about the nitty-gritty of getting a drama film actually made and (hopefully) sold. It is not for the academic, but for those who want to get their hands dirty getting a film, not just off the ground, but out to the viewing public on the broadest platform possible.

Bruce (right) collects award

About the Tutor

Bruce Windwood is an independent film producer, scriptwriter and director based in Oxfordshire. His first feature film, a micro budget comedy called 12 In A Box, has won three prestigious international awards and been sold to a number of territories around the world. The film, which was shot locally, has been described as “… one of the best British comedies I’ve ever seen” (Al Ruddy, twice-Oscar winning producer of The Godfather & Million Dollar Baby) and “… contains enough plot twists and turns to keep you laughing and on the edge of your seat until the films final moments.” (The Hollywood Reporter). He has just completed a new short and is development on a TV series.

For all info on 12 In A Box go to

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He has also just produced (and directed) a new microbudget short called  ‘Compulsion’

Who is course aimed at?
You have a great idea for a microbudget drama feature film or short, or someone has come to you with a great idea? You have masses of enthusiasm, but don’t have the knowledge to realise you dreams! Do you need to know how pull a team together and inspire them to produce a high quality production with little money, and then get your film completed and distributed? Want to know how micro-budget funding, production and distribution works? Then this is the course for you!

(We also do a Documentary course)

Answers to the most frequently asked questions, can be found on our FAQ page, otherwise please email


Miranda Hart in Bruce’s Film.

DATES: Saturday/Sunday  10am – 4.30pm, Run on Demand – Course is run when there is enough interest, please express an interest by emailing


£113 (includes 10 per cent early booking discount)

£125 Full Price

£94 Discount for NUS Students people on following means tested benefits, proof required: NUS card; ESA (income related); Income Support; Working Tax Credit (not child tax credit); Council Tax Benefit (not student/single person/reduction due to disability); Housing Benefit; Pension Credit (guarantee); Unwaged Dependent of these benefits.

All Film Oxford Courses are subsidised by Oxfordshire Adult Learning 

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12 in a box shoot

Film Producing on a Microbudget will cover the Producer’s role  in the following areas

  • Development
  • Pre-Production
  • Production
  • Post Production
  • Selling the film


  • Commercial v Arthouse – Is it art and from the heart – commercial – or are you hoping for a mix of the two?
  • Short or feature?
  • Commercial film-making and choice of genre. What is best?
  • Producer as pragmatist – Chasing the big bucks (how long will you wait?) v shooting ultra-low budget (get it made but fight to get it out there)
  • Developing story
  • Developing screenplay -optioning existing work (chain of title)
  • Preparing and stretching the budget – Use of deferment, points, expenses, in-kind, blagging, favours.
  • Raising the money – Private equity, Film Council, Tax breaks etc.
  • Attaching cast – Name actor v unknown (and understanding distribution-marketing repercussions of your choices)
  • Attaching director – Can you effectively direct-produce?


  • Attaching crew – Crew breakdown, (who & what do they do & who you can and cannot do without).
  • Producer- The Man With Many Hats
  • Cutting deals.
  • Legal – Contracts
  • Insurance
  • Catering – An army marches on its stomach
  • Transport and Accommodation
  • Format and Kit
  • Scheduling – A good 1st is worth his or her weight in gold
  • Location and sets.
  • Accounts and cashflow
  • Casting and Dealing with agents.
  • Press – website Blogs, pix, early hype-buzz


  • Producer as mother – UN soldier – arch-manipulator.
  • Tips on survival.
  • Tips on sticking to schedule.
  • The mechanics of a film set.
  • Publicity – importance of stills – EPK
  • Working with crew – How far can you push your troops?
  • Health and Safety
  • Prioritising and fire-fighting – focusing on, quiet literally, the big picture.
  • Coverage and clean sound.

Post Production – Deliverables

  • The Edit – Re-making the film.
  • Hidden costs.
  • Music – Composed, library, pop, classical
  • Format mastering – Blow-up? Transfer? When needed at what stage?
  • Sound – Dolby, M & E, Folly, ADR etc
  • E and O
  • Continuity Script – Time-coded Dialogue list (foreign sales)

Selling the film

  • When to approach distributors – Pre-sales.
  • Trailer
  • Short films – Calling card – festivals.
  • Distributor screenings
  • Distributors – How they operate, what they look for.
  • Sales Agents – Who can you trust?
  • Website
  • Film Markets – Importance
  • Festivals – Indie route to market
  • Breakdown of saleable rights (theatrical, DVD, VOD, TV etc)
  • Four-walling – self-distribution
  • Exhibitors
  • Publicists
  • International market place
  • Negotiating deals (MG, what you can expect)
  • Distributor contracts (Deliverables)
  • Moving on – using film as springboard to next feature.



This is one of our adult training courses so please note that participants need to be 18 years and above, for information about all of our youth activities see Youth page

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