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Bringing Your Script to the Screen: Writing and Directing a Feature Film

With indie filmmaker Jason Neulander
Location: Zoom
Next session: to be announced

A primer for writers who want to learn more about producing and directing their first feature film.

About the Workshop

For so many writers the dream of directing their own script feels out of reach. Sure, it would be great to keep creative control and bring your vision to life the way you imagine it. But there are too many unknowns, too many questions, and too many roadblocks.

Join intrepid indie filmmaker Jason Neulander as he dismantles your preconceptions. His seminar is designed to give you a comprehensive overview of how to bootstrap your own production from soup to nuts, based on his own repeated success doing just that. You’ll leave with a clear understanding of the steps in the process and what you can do to make your dream a reality.

“I’ll cover: initial budgeting, creating a pitch deck, creating a business plan, how to raise the money, pre-production, prep, the shoot, post-production, festivals, and distribution. I’ll talk about this stuff in the context of my personal experience and try to answer questions about the projects that the attendees hope to make. While I’ll be focusing on making a feature, I can also answer questions about shorts.”
  —Jason Neulander
Jason Neulander

About Jason

Jason Neulander is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and theater artist based in Austin, Texas. Neulander received his BA and MA in theater from Brown University. He founded and was the artistic director of Austin’s Salvage Vanguard Theater from 1994 to 2008. Over his tenure he directed and produced more than 50 world-premiere plays, musicals, and operas. His play The Intergalactic Nemesis (2010), which he wrote, directed, and produced, toured to more than 200 venues around the world between 2010 and 2017 (including runs on Broadway and sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center), was featured on CONAN, and was adapted for television by PBS. His first short film HIT & RUN (2016) was selected for the Texas Filmmakers Showcase. His second short Buttercup (2017) was broadcast nationally on PBS’s “On Story”. His award-winning debut feature film Fugitive Dreams (2024) (100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) is available to stream across all platforms.

Price: $39

Registration: next date to be announced

This workshop runs periodically, and not on a set schedule. You may Contact Us to signal your interest; this will help with our scheduling.

Important Notes

  • This workshop will not be recorded. If you would like to participate, you must join at the listed time.
  • We will email registered participants 5 to 7 days before the workshop is scheduled to take place and a reminder the morning of the workshop.
  • If you do not see the email (please check your spam folder), or if you would prefer that we email you at a different address from the one you use to make payment, get in touch with us at After the cancellation deadline, we will not be able to accept a lost or overlooked email as a reason for a refund.
  • Cancellation Policy: You are entitled to a refund of your registration price minus 5% if you cancel by noon PT the day of the workshop. We will not be able to provide refunds after that time.