Development Course


FilmSkills Development Course
  • 3-month course
  • 7-lessons
  • 6 hours, 30 minutes of video
  • Projects and Exercises
  • Illustrated Companion Guides
  • Downloadable Class Materials
  • Industry-Leading Instructors
  • Certificate of Completion


Get Your Movie Made - The Right Way
Studios and networks will choose to greenlight scripts for a number of reasons – from current marketing trends (ie. zombies) to a shift in audience interests (ie. romantic comedy zombies). As a writer or director, understanding the development process can help improve your chances of seeing your script greenlit.
In the FilmSkills Development Course, you will learn how to navigate the studio systems, how to wisely use agents and managers, how to package name actors to your project, how to raise enough money, and how to take advantage of the ever-popular tax incentives.
Learn from Hollywood elites – producers who have made Oscar-winning movies, worked with Stephen Spielberg, James Cameron, and other A-list directors on Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.   We take you inside the industry to learn what few have access to in the FilmSkills Development Course.


Each lesson will take you through each step of Development Course process.

The Studio System

In this module, you'll explore the studio system, learn who the players are, who the mini-majors are, the ever-evolving role of the studios as new corporate conglomerates, the types of movies they are making, and how you can be part of it.

Working For a Studio

Learn how to get your project through the studio approval system, what studio executives are looking for, and how studios work with directors and producers.

Making a Business Plan

Learn, step-by-step, how to build a business plan that will appease even the savviest investors. Hollywood producers take you through the process so you can go into the fundraising process confident in the movie you’re selling.

Packaging Your Movie
Learn how to choose the right actors for your movie, work with distributors in the development process, determine the value of your creative talent, how to attract top-tier talent, and ultimately make your movie attractive to distributors and audiences.
Agents and Managers

Learn the different between an agent and a manager, the roles each fulfill, how to get one, the costs involved, and how to use their services to promote your career.

Raising Money
 Learn how money is raised for motion pictures, from equity and debt financing to tax incentives
Tax Incentives
Learn how to take advantage of tax incentives, the difference between rebates and credits, how to convert credits into money, what to expect during the auditing process, and how to collect your money.


FilmSkills features top industry professionals, any of whom are leaders in their field. You will be learning from best.

Bethany Rooney

Critically acclaimed Director, "Brothers and Sisters", "Grey's Anatomy", "Desperate Housewives", and "Private Practice"

Anne Marie Gillen

Executive Producer, "Fried Green Tomatoes," former COO of Morgan Freeman's Revelations Entertainment

Louise Levison

Expert on film financing and author of the business plan for The Blair Witch Project

Suzanne Lyons

BAFTA-winning Producer, "The Calling," "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things," and "Undertaking Betty"

Jason J. Tomaric

Emmy-winning director/Cinematographer

Randal Kleiser

Director, "Grease," "Blue Lagoon," "Flight of the Navigator," "Getting It Right," "Lovewrecked" and "It's My Party"

Andrew Davis

Director: "The Fugitive," "Code of Silence," "Chain Reaction," "Collateral Damage," and "The Guardian"

Rob Bowman

Four-time Emmy Nominated Director, "The X-Files," and Executive Producer, "Castle"

Stephen Marinaccio

Line Producer, "America's Next Top Model," "Headless Horseman," "Trade of Innocents," and "The Counselor"

Wayne Fitterman

Head of Production, William Morris Endeavor

Barbara Doyle

Chair of Chapman University Film Department

Lloyd Kaufman

President, Troma Entertainment, Chairman International Film and Television Association

Jeff Ulin

VP of Worldwide Distribution, LucasFilm; Former Senior Executive at Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios

Alexa Amin

Executive Editor, Studio System News, and Former VP of Development, Sony Pictures Animation

Richard Middleton

Line Producer, Executive Producer of the Academy-Award-winning "The Artist," "Hitchcock"

Ricky Margolis

Financier, Future Films USA, "Cracks,” “Veronika Decides To Die,” and “Last Passenger”

Noel Bermudez

Production Accountant, "Tin Cup," "Dangerous Minds," "Switched at Birth," "The Nine Lives of Chloe King," "Greek," Huge," and "10 Things I Hate About You"