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.

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.

About me

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 and my two guinea pigs, Honey and Buttercup. I’m a qualified camera drone pilot and for a while I was a Certified Trainer in Final Cut Pro.

I’m always researching and experimenting with filmmaking techniques. 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.

Ian Bailey - About Indigo Film School
Geeking out at the BSC Expo in London, 2019

You can contact me

Want to comment about anything on the website? Great! Feedback is always welcome. Hop over to the Contact page and get in touch. I’ll always said you a response.

Beliefs + 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.

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.