In the summer of 2005, frustrated by navigating the murky waters of independent film production without a solid guide, producer Ryan Harper met with producer Jay Holben and discussed the idea of creating a resource that offered all of the nitty-gritty details about feature film production; the stuff you couldn’t get in books or find online. He wanted to create a place where people could go to find answers to the most esoteric questions about indie film production. After that meeting, the two began to formulate a plan to create Filmmaker in a Box.

Two years later, in the winter of 2007, a team of filmmakers armed with a hundred thousand dollars and years of on the job experience set out to make a low budget feature in Los Angeles. Holben, who was one of the producers of 2 Million Stupid Women invited an embedded behind-the-scenes crew to document the making of the film from its inception to its premiere. This would become the first intensive case study in the Filmmaker in a Box series.

Consisting of over 17 hours of behind-the-scenes material and hundreds pages of the actual documents used in the making of the film 2 Million Stupid Women, Filmmaker in a Box will take you, step-by-step, through the exact process this team took to mount an independent feature film from the ground up. Featuring uncensored access to all key creative personnel, Filmmaker in a Box shines a light on every potential misstep and lucky break that can fall into a first-time (or second or third!) filmmaker’s lap. If you’ve never made a film before, after going through all ten discs of this box-set, you’ll feel as though you have.

Filmmaker in a Box includes such unique features as:

  • Audition footage
  • Rehearsals with the actors
  • The complete, pre-mixed, rough-cut of 2 Million Stupid Women
  • The entire table read with the cast and filmmakers of 2 Million Stupid Women
  • Comprehensive explanations on lighting and recording sound for every day of production
  • Behind the scenes footage shot during principle photography
  • Examples of the contracts, permits, call sheets, sound reports, and dozens of other pertinent documents used during production
  • Over 100 individual video modules detailing every single element of pre-production, production and post-production
  • The final release version of 2 Million Stupid Women
  • And even more…

Through candid, first-hand anecdotes, hard earned by actual independent filmmakers, Filmmaker in a Box will prepare you for what to expect before you ever step foot on set. Whether you’re prepping your first film, or you’re simply curious what goes into making an independent film, Filmmaker in a Box is an essential tool of every aspiring moviemaker.