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For creators of independent fiction films.

Welcome to Indigo Film School. If you’re passionate about making independent movies focused on the fantastic, then you’re in the right place. If you want to tell amazing visual stories and show them to the world, we’ve got plenty to talk about.

Making films on your terms gives you the creative freedom you’ve been craving and greater control over your future career. It will accelerate your progress and get you noticed in ways that could never happen otherwise. I want you to be outrageously ambitious, have confidence in yourself and fulfil your potential.

Do you want to make stylish movies that thrill the audience? Do you want to create strange experiences and draw people into your unique world? Whatever your pleasure, my aim is to bring you the tools and info to make that a reality.

I’m always looking for new ways to explain the techie side of filmmaking, break it down and make it easier to understand. If you’re struggling with something and you feel your sanity slipping, get in touch. I’m always happy to help.

Indigo Film School is very new. And while it’s not my first go at online teaching, it’s a fresh start with an emphasis on making movies and telling stories.

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Is Indigo Film School for You?

You might be a complete beginner who’s never touched a camera or editing software. You might already have some production experience and want to take it to the next level. If you’re like me when I first started, you’ll find the technology confusing and a barrier to your creativity. It feels like a huge challenge to take these amazing visions in your head and make them a reality. I created this website to bring you the training and resources I wish I’d had when I was an aspiring filmmaker.

If it’s been a while since you were in education or took a training course, you might be concerned about learning new skills. Well, I like to keep things simple, this is what I’d suggest:

  • Watch or read the training
  • Do the practical exercise
  • Watch / read the lesson again
  • Repeat as required

Practice and repetition is the key to success. Every time you setup a camera or pull a key on a green screen shot, you’re re-enforcing those neural pathways in your brain. So when appropriate, I’ll always suggest exercises to help you learn.

About Me

Ian Bailey - About Indigo Film School

I’m Ian Bailey, the founder of Indigo Film School. I’ve been teaching practical filmmaking and creative technology for 15 years at a university. Before that I worked in independent film and TV.

I live in the East of England with my wife, who’s a visual artist, and my two guinea pigs, Honey and Buttercup. Honey wishes we lived in Beverley Hills as she loves that Hollywood glamour. Buttercup’s the techie one who rolls her eyes when I screw up the web design. Her role-model is Felicity from Arrow.

As well as making up strange stories about the guineas, I consume sci-fi and fantasy novels by the truck load. And I’m always on the lookout for new authors. I spend far too much time on Pinterest looking at concept art for movies and cool designs for sets, costumes and locations.

I enjoy cooking and I’ve been vegetarian for a very  L-O-N-G  time. One day I hope to learn other recipes besides curry and pasta with tomato sauce. So more of an enthusiastic cook than one with a diverse répertoire. No wonder my wife gets excited when I suggest we go out for a meal.

I’m always researching and experimenting with filmmaking techniques. I’ve used and taught so much different software over the years, I now find I can learn new apps very quickly. I like to hangout with filmmakers and people who work in all areas of the arts. I’m a qualified camera drone pilot and for a while I was a Certified Trainer in Final Cut Pro, Apple’s professional video editing software.

The great thing about film production, is there’s always more to learn and always something I can share with you. Video technology doesn’t stand still. There’s always the latest equipment, updates to software and new techniques to talk about. I’m one of those weird people who really loves change and gets bored when things are predictable.

Why Indigo Film School?

I built this website because I was frustrated with much of the filmmaking education I was seeing. While I enjoyed working with students in a university, academia has its limitations, in my personal opinion. I left that world behind so I could create my own film school. Now I’m able to focus completely on practical filmmaking and teach the essential skills you need to shape your projects.

This isn’t one of those ‘How to Make it on Hollywood’ websites. I’ve never worked in Hollywood, so have very little to contribute to that discussion! I’m all about you making films your way, not being hired to work on someone else’s production.

Depending on where you are in the world, filmmaking can seem very elitist. But it’s not a reason to get angry or resentful, you’ve got more important things to do. You can side-step any barriers by making films on your terms, with the people you want to work with. If you don’t need other people’s money or their permission to go into production, you’re free to forge your own path.

My ultimate goal is to make you so darn sure of yourself that you’ll trust your own intuition. Listen to others and acknowledge their point of view, but when you’re the one taking responsibility and making decisions, you need the courage to step up and the humility to learn from your mistakes.

My Beliefs and Values

Anyone can become a filmmaker or a screenwriter. Creative people are not born, they develop their abilities through practice. You can be whatever you desire. You must be committed to never giving up and always moving forward.

Don’t be ordinary, be extraordinary! The whole point is to get out there, make movies and have a huge amount of fun doing it. Collaborate with like-minded people, create with passion, be so damn good that you can’t be ignored.

I believe in the power of communities. You’ll no doubt want to crew up with people who want to make the same kind of movies as you. If there’s no filmmaking group in your local area, why not use Meetup to start one? And if you do, I’d love to hear all about it!

I believe in equality and equal opportunities for all, no matter your background, gender, ethnicity or orientation. Working in a crew with a diverse mix of people is fun and energising. When you value people’s unique contribution and hard work, they’ll do everything they can not to disappoint and anything they can to surprise.

Hardware I use

Currently the hardware I use is very fluid. I don’t own camera, audio or lighting equipment, but hire as needed. What’s hired can vary greatly depending on the project and budget.

Software I use

  • Editing and media management: Final Cut Pro X
  • Sound editing and mixing: Logic Pro X
  • Colour grading and colour management: DaVinci Resolve
  • Motion graphics and visual effects: Motion, Fusion in Resolve, Blender
  • Graphics: Photoshop CC, Affinity Photo, Adobe XD
  • Script writing and story development: Fade In, Scrivener

Please note:

Indigo Film School is not affiliated with any hardware or software companies. I am not paid or given freebies to promote products or services.

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