Filmmaking Secrets! Write a ZERO Budget Movie|Master Course
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Screenwriting for micro-budget feature films that you can produce.
4.3 (85 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
832 students enrolled
Created by Craig McMahon
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • This is the MASTER course
  • Screenwriting for micro-budget feature films that you can produce.
  • You will know how to write scripts for a movies budgeted at $1000 or less!
  • Knowledge of the FREE things to get started
  • Knowledge of how I Make Money Producing Movies
  • You will be able to finally do what you love to do
  • A comprehensive understanding of how to win with distributors
  • Overcome writer’s block and write more efficiently
  • Learn why most indie filmmakers never make another movie
  • Know the 10 points that enables you to write better and faster
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  • Nothing but great story ideas!

Learn from a professional that has successfully produced 8 movies for under $1000 that were picked up by studios LionsGate, E One and Paramount.

This brand new Udemy course shows you the secrets to write screenplays for feature films that can be produced for under $1000. Stop waiting for funding for your script and write one that you can film NOW! Join the other successful filmmakers that have adapted to the new changes in the movie industry. 

A class that is a must for ALL filmmakers that are low on cash!

Tired of waiting for funding to produce your script? Then you need to take this class.   

You will know how to take full advantage of things in movies that are free

This class is MOBILE ready for ON-THE-GO.

Every minute you delay is costing your MOVIE’S FUTURE…

Enroll now!

Nothing is kept secret – I reveal everything I do to produce micro-budget movie that actually get distribution in the U.S. and overseas.

As well as the Udemy 30 day money back simple guarantee, you have my personal promise that you will be delighted in what I will show you. You will kicking yourself that you haven’t started doing these things!

You will have a lifetime access to the course and be updated on NEW lectures.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for people that are interested in writing screenplays. Screenplays that you can actually produce without costing you and arm and a leg. You should take this course if you just want to get started making movies for a living. You should take this course if you want your movie to be seen by the mass public and not your six friends.
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Curriculum For This Course
31 Lectures
Screenplays of today are not the same as they use to be.
12 Lectures 53:49

Why is it so difficult to get your script produced? This Lecture shows you how you can actually get your movie made!

Preview 04:55

Learn why traditional screenplays DO NOT WORK ANYMORE. 

Preview 06:48

Learn how I made a feature film that was distributed by LionsGate, for less than $750!

Machined Story

Every movie has them. Knowing your assets while you write, enables to write movies that are simple to produce. Everything you need to produce a movie is literally right under your feet. 


Once you learn the ability to kill babies, you begin to write like a producer. The screen never lies.

Killing Babies

Learn how everything comes together.


Learn the basic script format and 3 act structure without having to buy software.

Script Format & 3 Act Basics

Once you have learned the 10 points, you will write with great speed and accuracy.

10 Point System

The 10 points will enable you to write better and faster. The 10 points also allow you to see your ENTIRE story from an outside perspective. An extremely powerful tool that all screenwriters should have! 

10 Points Doc

Learn to write with Efficiency and Accuracy. Plow through roadblocks and setbacks. Momentum is your best friend.


Once you learn what studios are wanting, you will know how to write for them.

This will change the way you write

By removing the crutches, you will see your work for what it is. 

Writing for Production
6 Lectures 39:53

Actors need you more than you think.

Important things to know about Actors

Your phone will save you time and money. Learn how to use it like you have never before.

The Phone

Movies are full of Props. Lean how props can write for you.

Props Inspire

Be careful of what you write, it can make or break your movie.

Never assume that is easy to get

Learn how to create mini-locations.

Most use of a Location

Learn how to making the right friends can get you everything you need to get your movie produced.  

Making Friends
Take it to another level
6 Lectures 21:07

The money shot is not necessarily something that costs a lot of money. Learn how to write moments that make your movie trailer connect with your audience. 

Money Shot

Writing One shots. Learn strategies to make those long scenes exciting. 

One Shot

One location movies is a producers friend. Learn why they are so loved.

One Location

Learn the many benefits of having less characters. 

Small Cast

Learn how having a one night stand can cure headaches.

It all happened one night

This amazing movie could change the game for you. See what this producer did.

Want to go Extreme?
Writing for Post
2 Lectures 06:11

Learn how to write for an easy edit. 

Writing an easy Edit

Can't afford aerial shots? Try this.

Cheap Aerial Shots
Producer stuff that helps
3 Lectures 05:37

With all this new technology out there, you too can join in.

Camera Kit

The very basic understanding of SAG works with a zero budget script.


Being aware of where you can shoot will change how you write.

Write a movie that can be produced for a ZERO budget.
2 Lectures 07:26

Finally, you have everything you need. Time to get your movie made. 

Get started writing

Craig's final notes.

Craig's Closing statement
About the Instructor
Craig McMahon
4.2 Average rating
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2,854 Students
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Instructor, High Academic Specialist

It is my single goal to make our children more educated. Children that are of global importance.

With odds completely against us, my wife and I achieved a career success for our child. A child that was in the top 2% of the country. Public schools need parents to stand up and assist our youth in their academic achievements. It is my personal mission to help in any way I can.

My Udemy courses are taught with REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES of what EXPERIMENTS worked, and what didn’t work.

All of my knowledge is delivered in a down to earth approach.

Has prepared and delivered over 36 movies for several major studios both domestically and overseas.

Studied Psychology in Chicago.