Learn How To Make Micro-Budget Feature Films & Launch Your Directing Career!


6K Filmmaker is the ultimate online course giving you the knowledge, techniques and confidence to make a feature film no matter how small your budget is. Taught by director, producer, and Director's Guild of America member Joshua Caldwell.

"Hands down the best filmmaking course that I have ever taken and last one I will ever need." ~ Robin H.

"So glad I hit that 'buy' button.

This course is excellent!" - Cameron F.

"Josh is one of the best kept secrets in Hollywood."

- Anthony E. Zuiker, creator of CSI:

"I received 10x the value I expected. This course is a game changer."

- Andrew K.

What You'll Learn In This Course


  • How it's possible to make a feature film for no money

  • How to develop a creative mindset and approach to micro-budget storytelling

  • How to cultivate discipline and persistence as a filmmaker

  • How to build confidence and overcome self-doubt in the creative process


  • The process of shooting scenes in environments you do not control in order to add scale and scope to your story

  • Unique approaches to writing, prep, and production using this technique

  • Josh takes you through numerous examples of this approach in his own films, including LAYOVER, NEGATIVE, and INFAMOUS


  • How to generate and refine original story ideas for micro-budgets

  • How to develop compelling characters and plot lines despite limited resources

  • How to develop ideas off of what you can get for free or what you already own


  • How to use MODULAR STORYTELLING to tell your story while maintaining flexibility.

  • THINK BIG! No need to limit yourself to one location and two actors.

  • French New Wave: how to apply lessons from the original low-budget masters

  • How to incorporate Live Environment Filmmaking into the writing process to allow for scale and scope


  • How to budget following the 80/20 rule

  • How to find and secure low to no-cost locations

  • How to best hire crew on a micro-budget

  • How to prep for the scenes you plan to shoot Live Environment


  • How to work with SAG and the best contracts for micro-budget features

  • How to source the best actors for your film.

  • Audition techniques as a director

  • How to engage with talent to see if they're a good fit for your approach


  • Lessons I've learned working with Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Golden Globe winners

  • How to prep as a director so you're full prepared once you're on set

  • Working with talent in live-environment situations


  • Overview of essential gear needed for micro-budget filmmaking

  • What should really drive your camera choice (Hint: it's not resolution!)

  • How to record high-quality sound on a limited budget


  • How to produce Live Environment scenes

  • Strategies for minimizing production costs and maximizing production value

  • How to schedule and manage a micro-budget film shoot

  • Guidance on legal issues like Trademarks & Copyrights


  • Post-production workflows for micro-budget filmmaking

  • How to find composers so you can have high-quality music

  • How to edit and color correct on a budget


  • Strategies for getting your film seen and heard

  • Overview of film festivals and distribution options for micro-budget films

  • How to self-distribute your film

  • How to market your film to get you the next job


  • Analysis of Josh's films and their production strategies

  • Additional analysis of other successful micro-budget films and their production strategies

  • See real world examples of the techniques taught in the course

What People Are Saying About 6K Filmmaker

Meet Your Instructor

I'm Joshua Caldwell, a director, writer, producer, DGA member, and MTV Movie Award Winner. Despite making numerous award-winning short films and having a Golden Popcorn sitting on my shelf, I was struggling to get my first feature funded. It took years of writing scripts that would have needed multi-million dollar budgets beforeI finally asked myself: what's the smallest budget I could make a feature for?

The answer was $6000 and the film was LAYOVER. The film had no "stars," was shot on an out-of-the-box Canon 5D and 90% of it was French-language (and no, I don't speak French).

Despite all that, the film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival, was nominated for the prestigious FIPRESCI New American Cinema Award, and launched my career. Since then, I've directed four features, worked with talents like Golden Globe and Emmy Winner Brian Cox (Succession), Bella Thorne (Assassination Nation), Academy Award Winner Wes Studi (Last of the Mohicans), Academy Award Nominee Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard), Olivier Martinez (Unfaithful), Katia Winter (The Boys), Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) and so many more. All because of a little film I made for no money.

Now I'm sharing all my secrets to micro-budget production so you too can get your feature made for whatever budget you have and start your career!

Who Is This Course For?

  • You're willing to do whatever it takes to make a film.

  • You value time and following a proven plan.

  • You have a passion and desire to get your film made.

  • You're open to new ideas and new approaches.

Who Is This Course NOT For?

  • You do not value saving time following proven plans.

  • You prefer to figure things out on your own with trial and error.

  • You don't have faith in yourself that this is possible.

  • You don't think it's possible to make a great film for no money.

Frequently Asked Questions

What skill level is this program for?

6K Filmmaker was designed for those who have some basic understanding of film production and directing but are wanting to take their skills to another level. This course does not teach the basics but instead challenges you to think differently about what you already know. That said, anyone who wants to become a filmmaker would benefit from this course.

How long do I have access to the program & when does it start?

How does lifetime access sound?

After enrolling you have unlimited access to this program for as long as you like.

Enrollment is ongoing and you complete the course at your own pace.

Can't I learn all of this on Youtube?

Maybe. But be prepared to spend your time searching for each individual topic. Meanwhile, our 6K Filmmaker course offers a structured, in-depth curriculum, personalized guidance, exclusive content, and a supportive community that goes beyond what you'd typically find on YouTube. It's a comprehensive and guided filmmaking experience designed to help you excel in your craft.

Am I going to need to invest in a bunch of expensive film equipment?

No! This course is not about using specific cameras or gear. The lessons taught can be applied whether you're using an iPhone or an Arri Alexa camera package. In fact, I would say the more limitations you have, the more creative you have to be.

Is there a guarantee?

Absolutely! 6K Filmmaker has a 7-Day Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are not completely SATISFIED and ENLIGHTENED by the 6K Filmmaker Program, then contact us within 7 Days for a full refund, no questions asked!

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