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How to Craft a Low Budget Story
Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 1-2 pm Pacific
FREE Virtual Event

Independent filmmakers looking to make a low-budget feature often focus on the bottom line in production and post-production. But how can the choice of story itself – and the methods implemented in telling that story – help keep the budget down? Join New York Film Academy instructors Sanora Bartels and Crickett Rumley for a conversation about creative writing techniques that can be utilized for both narrative fiction and documentary features, followed by a Q&A and roundtable discussion in which filmmakers in attendance will be invited to share what has worked and not worked for them in the past.



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Workshop Instructors

Photo of Sanora BartelsSanora Bartels is the Program Advisor for Documentary in the Filmmaking Department at New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus.  She has produced several feature documentaries including “Michael & Me and “Taking the Hill: A Warrior’s Journey,” a documentary about PTSD, and she traveled all over the world as the field producer for the documentary “Greedy, Lying Bastards,executive produced by Daryl Hannah.  She holds a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California. 


Crickett Photo of Cricket RumleyRumley received her MFA in Film at Columbia University and is the founder and director of the Film Festival Department at the New York Film Academy. She has guided filmmakers to official selections and awards at hundreds of festivals such as Hollyshorts, Slamdance, Tribeca, Bronzelens, and Miami. Crickett has served as a juror for the Forum on Life, Culture, and Society’s International Short Film Competition and the 2021 Tallgrass Film Festival and can be found doling out festival tips on Twitter at @Crickett_NYFA.