How To Produce Your Action Film For Under $2MM

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Chris Smith

Webinar hosted by: Chris Smith

Producer of over 10 films + former Production Executive for Travel Channel, MTV, NatGeo & More

For over a decade, Chris Smith has built budgets and made film and television projects as a line producer, producer, producer, and production manager. He’s worked on over ten indie features, spent a few years being an Executive in Charge of Production for the Travel Channel, Cartoon Network, NatGeo, MTV, and more, and overseen commercials, infomercials, music videos, shorts, and plenty of other projects. He came up through production, so he knows every crew role and rental and why they each require a line item in the budget. His budgeting philosophy is simple: measure twice ‘cuz you only shoot once… hopefully. Full Bio »

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Find out how the pros make big action stories happen on a limited budget from Chris Smith, a producer and production executive who has produced 10 indie films and built hundreds of budgets for films, TV, shorts, and more.

Just one look at this year’s box office wins and it’s easy to see that action films are bigger than ever.

But you don’t have to wait for $100 million and a green light to make your own action movie.

HARDCORE HENRY, MAD MAX, and GONE IN 60 SECONDS are just a few successful action films produced under $2 million.

With the right script and some creativity, you can produce your own action film for the big screen and audiences worldwide.

In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you’ll learn how to budget and produce a low-budget action film from Chris Smith, a producer and former production executive who knows how to make big movies happen without the big price tag.

Do you want to have a mercenary team show up armed to the teeth to gun down a hero? Did your badass heroine end up in a warehouse with the big bad henchman? Does the techy sidekick need to chase down a boat to stop a bomb? There’s a way to budget that and Chris will show you how.

Chris has been making film and television for over a decade, producing 10 indie films and working as the Executive in Charge of Production with networks including MTV, NatGeo, and many more. He’s built over a hundred budgets for films, television series, commercials, shorts, and music videos.

By the end of this webinar, you’ll know:

  • What you must make space in your budget for
  • How to make room for your budget 
  • What departments you need for action elements, including stunts
  • How to hire the best people for your action film’s crew
  • Safety and permits you must have
  • And most importantly, how to pull off the biggest elements on your low budget

If you’re ready to see your action movie thrilling audiences on the big screen, take the first step in learning how the pros do it by learning from an industry veteran today.


What You'll Learn

Starting with the Budget

  • Key elements of action that need to be budgeted for
  • How to figure out and account for the proper days, rentals, amounts, etc.
  • Properly adding these elements to your budget

Setting up Your Team

  • What departments are affected by additional action elements
  • Additional crew that is often needed for action
  • Let’s talk about stunts
  • The crew you should onboard early to help budget and finance
  • Tips and tricks to hiring and communicating with your action-based team

Mission Impossible vs. Mission Possible: How to pull off big elements on a small budget

  • We’re gonna need some guns
  • Explosions in act 2
  • Car chases
  • Fights to the death!

From Preproduction to Post!

  • Communicate KEY information with all departments before you shoot.
  • The importance of relying on experts
  • How much time is it going to take to (blank)?
  • How much rehearsal do we need?
  • Safety and Permits

Q&A with Chris

About Your Instructor

For over a decade, Chris Smith has built budgets and made film and television projects as a line producer, producer, producer, and production manager. He’s worked on over ten indie features, spent a few years being an Executive in Charge of Production for the Travel Channel, Cartoon Network, NatGeo, MTV, and more, and overseen commercials, infomercials, music videos, shorts, and plenty of other projects. He came up through production, so he knows every crew role and rental and why they each require a line item in the budget. His budgeting philosophy is simple: measure twice ‘cuz you only shoot once… hopefully.


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