Summer Film Course | Producing the Low Budget Film

3 points
Instructor: Jamund Washington

For course schedule and location, please visit the School of Professional Studies summer site here.
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Creating a good film requires more than a compelling script—it requires great producing. This class will teach students the essential steps necessary to develop, plan and prep for any low budget film production. Through in-depth class discussion, students will learn what it takes to become an outstanding independent producer.

This practical lab focuses on the fundamental aspects of development, planning and preparation for low budget films. While using a short film script as their own case study, students will learn pitching, development, script breakdown, scheduling, budgeting and fundraising. Discussion of legal issues, location scouting, deliverables, marketing, distribution and film festival strategy will allow students to move forward with their own projects after completing the class. Using weekly assignments, in-class presentations and textbook readings to reinforce each class discussion topic, students will complete the class having created a final prep/production binder for their project, which includes the script breakdown, production schedule, line item budget, financing/fundraising plan and film festival strategy for their chosen script.
Tuition & Fees
Current Columbia students can review tuition and fees here.

Visiting students can review tuition and fees here.

Materials Fee: $30
For questions about School of the Arts summer courses, including those concerning admissions, registration, and billing, please contact the School of Professional Studies summer team at or 212-854-9666. With questions about specific course content, please contact Film Departmental Representative Robert King at

About the Instructor
Jamund Washington is a New York City based Independent film producer with work on both narrative and documentary stories. He produced Adam Leon's Gimme The Loot, the story of two determined Bronx teens who need $500 to pull off their latest and greatest graffiti scheme. It was the winner of an Independent Spirit Award as well as Best Narrative Feature at South by Southwest Film Festival. The film was an Official Selection of Un Certain Regard and a finalist for the  Caméra d'Or Award at Cannes Film Festival. It screened theatrically in the U.S., U.K., France, and Germany and was internationally critically acclaimed.

Washington Co-Produced the documentary Little White Lie, the remarkable story of Lacey Schwartz's journey to discover her racial identity. The film premiered on PBS and was theatrically released in the U.S. It was a New York Times Critics Pick, The Atlantic Editors Pick, and was profiled in the Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair. more
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