FT 061: How to Make SERIOUS Money as a Filmmaker

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How to Make SERIOUS Money as a Filmmaker

I always get asked,

“How to make money as a filmmaker or can you make money as a filmmaker?”

The short answer is yes, of course, you can but will it be easy, HELL NO! What’s a filmmaker to do? I’ve been able to develop an over 20-year career making money as a filmmaker. So if I can do it you can too. In this podcast episode, I go into details on all the moneymaking ideas filmmakers can do to make money. I give examples, tell stories, and show you how I and other filmmakers make money today. Here are a few things I go over in the episode.

Film Crew Work

  • Production Assistant
  • Department PA
  • Production Office PA
  • General Crew

Film Office Work

  • I go over the details of my film office job and what amazing things happen because of it
  • You meet and network with industry people

Film Production Company

  • I discuss my first job at a production company and how it launched my career
  • The value of interning
  • How you can leverage this job into a profitable freelance career

Skilled Freelancer

  • Learn a skill (Editing, Camera, Props, Grip. etc)
  • Find a skill and brand yourself

Building Your own production Company

  • Become a “Predator: Producer – Director – Editor
  • You and a camera, some lights and editing gear and you are now a production company


  • Corporate Jobs (Not fun but they pay)
  • Duplass Brothers Story
  • Music Videos (creative but little cash)
  • Create a web commercial for a local company for FREE at first, if you are just starting out
  • Build your showreel and gain experience
  • Weddings or Event Filming

Stock Footage Creation

  • Amazing Side Hustle
  • Passive Revenue Streams
  • Borrow a camera or buy a camera and shoot on your downtime
  • Find unique locations around where you live
  • B-Roll and RAW footage from old project sitting on a hard drive
  • BlackBox – Make Passive Income From Your Footage

Online Content Creator

  • Very creative
  • Find an audience and serve the audience
  • It’s a long game
  • Do it on the side hustle at first
  • You WILL NOT GET RICH but it’ll help build your brand and show your skills

Don’t write off doing FREE Projects

  • I’ll tell you my Snoop Dogg Story

Enjoy and I hope it helps you make some cheddar!

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The DIRTY Secret – How to Make Money as a Filmmaker

As a bonus, I’ve included  Zacuto‘s amazing five-part series on How to Make Money as a Filmmaker. When it comes to traditional ‘passion’ careers, like filmmaking, no one ever wants to talk about money. But how does a full-time filmmaker make a living?

The Zacuto Duo, Steve, and Jens sit down with Executive Producer Phil Wnuk and Director of Photography Kevin Otterness for a frank conversation about money, filmmaking, experience and having a 5-year plan.

IFH Academy’s Film Distribution Blueprint Course

I’m also announcing the BETA Launch of IFH Academy’s Film Distribution Blueprint Course.

As part of the BETA team you will get:

  • Massive discount for early adopters
  • Be the first to see new lessons as I create them
  • Access to me during the creation of the course
  • Give feedback on the lessons and request new lessons

I want this course to be the most comprehensive course on film distribution anywhere in the world and having you be part of the BETA Team will help me do that.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED launch. I’m only making 100 seats available during the BETA Launch. Once they fill up the window will close. 


To access the BETA Version of IFH Academy’s Film Distribution Blueprint  Course – CLICK HERE



  1. $1 Closed Captions for Indie Filmmakers – Rev ($10 Off Your First Order)
  2. The Complete Indie Film Producing Workshop with Suzanne Lyons (COUPON CODE: IFHFILMPRODUCE)
  3. Shooting for the Mob (Based on the Incredible True Filmmaking Story) (FREE AUDIOBOOK)


  1. Indie Film Hustle TV (Streaming Real-World Film Education)
  2. Hollywood Film School: Filmmaking & TV Directing Masterclass
  3. Filmmaker in a Box – Learn How to Make an Indie Film – 18 Hours+ of Lessons 
  4. DSLR Filmmaking Masterclass
  5. Storytelling Blueprint: Hero’s Two Journeys
  6. The Dialogue Series: 38 hours of Lessons from Top Hollywood Screenwriters


  1. IFH Academy – Exclusive Filmtreprenuer Training
  2. Indie Film Hustle® Podcast
  3. Bulletproof Screenwriting® Podcast
  4. Filmtrepreneur™ Podcast
  5. FreeFilmBook.com (Download Your FREE Filmmaking Audio Book)


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