For creators of independent fiction films.
Welcome to Indigo Film School. If you’re passionate about making independent movies, 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.
If you’re a budding cinematographer my course The Art and Craft of Cinematography is coming soon. Sign-up to the newsletter if you want to be emailed the moment it’s available.
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.
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.
I’m Ian Bailey, the founder of Indigo Film School. I’ve been teaching practical filmmaking and creative technology to university students and professionals for over 15 years. Before that I worked in independent film and TV.
I live in the East of England with my wife Ruthi, who’s an artist and illustrator. Two critters who rule my every waking moment are Honey and Buttercup, the guinea pigs. Honey wishes we lived in Beverly Hills as she loves that Hollywood glamour. Buttercup’s the techie one who rolls her eyes when I screw up the web design.
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, there were limits to how far I could take their professional skills. 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. My ultimate goal is to make you so darn sure of yourself that you’ll trust your own intuition.
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
You can see which software I use for editing, grading, graphics and VFX in this article with the unexpected title: Post Production Software I use.
Indigo Film School is not affiliated with any hardware or software companies. I am not paid or given freebies to promote products or services.
You can Contact me
Want to comment about anything on the website? Great! Feedback is always welcome. Do you want to request a training course? Fantastic! I want filmmakers to tell me what they need. Got a big, scary project coming up that’s playing havoc with your bowels? No problem. Message me And I’ll see what I can do… about that project, not the bowel thing.
It all happens on the Contact page. Pick a subject, write your message and hit the Send. We might be in different timezones, so don’t be concerned if I don’t reply immediately. I will respond.