The Workshop

Stop waiting to be greenlit, and greenlight yourself!



March 10-11 2018, DENVER

Are you ready to breakthrough with your indie film?

Our signature two day intensive will break down every step you need to take to make your film successfully.

Over the course of the weekend you will learn:

  • how to develop a unique, striking script
  • how to create a package that will excite investors
  •  foolproof strategies for raising finance no matter where you are
  • how to run an efficient, inspired set getting the best from your team
  • what to do with your film when you are finished so that you make money and get to do it again.

You will walk away from this weekend inspired, empowered, and with ALL the tools and knowledge you need to make a stand out independent film.

If you have ever dreamed of making a movie but are:

  • daunted by the task
  • unsure where to start
  • worried that your film will end up being yet another unseen indie


DEVELOPMENT Learn about crafting a successful screenplay & things to avoid. Write a business plan, shoot a trailer and find the money!

PRE-PRODUCTION Plan your film. We show you how to find the right cast and crew for your film and what to do when you can’t afford a professional.

PRODUCTION & POST One of the most memorable times of your life, we help you make production a positive experience that will be key to your success.

DISTRIBUTION Now what? The landscape for film is ever-changing. We show you the latest opportunities and how to leverage proven strategies.



Here's what you can expect from your Workshop Weekend.


You will learn the Sixteen Steps that are essential to making a standout movie.

These are not what you would learn in film school, but based on our real life experience making Sundance winner Obselidia, they provide you with a clear, simple and actionable plan to making your own standout movie.

We won’t bore you with tech talk, 4k this and LED that, although you will learn how to make sure your movie is technically impeccable, no matter your budget.

You’ll learn the hands-on business of making a successful indie film: how to assemble an irresistible package for raising finance, who you should approach for money and how you make sure you get it.  You will never worry about raising money for your films again after learning our techniques. For real. 

Our approach is fresh, original, – and it works!  

If you are ready to take the leap and actually MAKE A MOVIE, rather than talk about it, join us. 


obselidia poster_fullAfter you sign up for the workshop, you will be sent a link to stream Obselidia as well as a PDF of the shooting script. To get the most out of the workshop, we recommend that you watch the film and read the script beforehand.

At the workshop, you will receive a copy of our coveted filmmaking manual. We will also share with you the actual budget and shooting schedule of Obselidia, thereby giving you real world insight into how we made this movie for such a small amount of money.  This provides you with a blueprint for how to do it yourself.

When you register:

  A link to stream our case study film OBSELIDIA before attending.

  A copy of the OBSELIDIA shooting script in PDF format.

When you attend:

   A copy of the coveted REBEL HEART FILMMAKING MANUAL.

   A copy of the OBSELIDIA final detailed budget.

  A copy of the OBSELIDIA shooting schedule.

You don’t have to love Obselidia to gain real knowledge from this process (though of course, we hope you do love it!). The fact is this was a microbudget movie that made an impression, and we want to show you how you can do that with your movie too.



It's an intense weekend. But it's also fun!

If filmmaking isn’t enjoyable, you’re doing it wrong. Sure, there’s a way to do it that is all stress, fear, and ego, but that is not the Rebel Heart Film way.

Our way is all about inclusivity and community building.  The best way to make a movie is to bring together a family of inspired creatives and technicians, a family built on trust, respect, shared values and love, and we are certain that working in this spirit will give you the greatest chance of success with your movie.

Our workshops are conducted in this spirit.  With places limited to only 10, you are guaranteed attention and time to ask questions you want.   We come together to share, to inspire, to engage in dialogue, to be honest, open, curious, supportive, vulnerable, and strong. We embolden each other in our quests to take creative risks and make great movies – because that’s what it’s all about.

For this reason, a delicious lunch is provided on both days of the workshop (and a glass of wine too) – at no extra cost. 

Developing a film, like all creative pursuits, can feel like a very solitary pursuit, but great strength comes from connecting with others on the path, and the Rebel Heart Workshop is designed to be that – a place where filmmakers can connect, nourish, and grow.


Much of what we are teaching is actually about the prep. In my opinion the hardest work is there. Writing the script, getting the team, the money, making it happen is all the climbing the hill…the shoot is the summit..and if you’ve done it all right in the first two stages, the third stage (post) should be pretty straightforward.

The success of stage 2 and 3 (the shoot and post) is 100% dependent on the work of stage 1. If you’ve done all you can in stage 1 and made good choices there, you have some possibility of success. If you haven’t, you’re screwed. – Diane Bell

"I wish I had done this workshop BEFORE I made my first film. I wouldn't have made the mistakes I did. Everyone who is thinking of making an indie film should go to the Rebel Heart Workshop. They won't regret it."

-Ross Clarke, director, DERMAPHOBIA