Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Spring Tour!

Hey Everybody,

I am heading out on the road again this Spring and I am booking right now!

In the last five years I have done 9 tours. I have driven over 100,000 miles, flew to the UK, given over 400 lectures and work shops, screened my work 231 times, talked to thousands of students, eaten my weight in patty melts and club sandwiches, drank a swimming pool full of cheap coffee, (okay maybe a wading pool...), and ate three cases of antacids. And I am ready to do it all over again.

I will be on the road late February, March and April going to colleges and universities, film festivals, media art centers, art house theaters and anywhere else I can show my films.

I am also teaching my workshops:

Making the Extreme No Budget Film - - In 2000 Kelley Baker & Bruce Lacey set out to make a full length feature film for the sum of $1000. They failed miserably. Their budget ballooned up to $4000, (they forgot they had to feed cast and crew), but when the dust finally settled they had completed THE GAS CAFE, a 90 minute DV feature. Along the way they set up a website, shot behind the scenes footage (for a documentary), and made the movie that they wanted to. In 2002 Kelley sent 100 letters to 100 Friends asking for $100 to fund Kicking Bird. He raised $5000 and shot for 18 days. Kelley is currently touring the country with Kicking Bird. In this workshop Kelley will walk participants through the entire process from scripting through post production. How to get the most for very limited resources, asking the right questions to get free stuff, and working in an atmosphere where people share your vision, put in very long hours for no money, and enjoy it!

Guerilla Marketing and Self Distribution of Your Film - - Independent filmmaking is alive and well, it's independent distribution that is dead. At a time when "independent" films have to have a star and at least a couple million dollar budget, how do you get your films seen? Forget Sundance, Miramax, and PBS. These places get hundreds of submissions a year. From wooden nickels to websites, to press kits and reviews Kelley Baker shows you different ways to get an audience to turn out for your screenings. He challenges you to assess the real market for your film and provides examples of other filmmakers getting their work out, after their films were turned down by traditional distributors. You've already made the thing, what good is it doing sitting on your shelf?

Sound Design on Independent Features - - As the Sound Designer on Gus Van Sant's films, as well as animated features, network television specials and his own features, Kelley Baker has a unique approach to the Art of Sound Design. Whether you're working with a huge budget, or a non-existent one, sound is the one area of filmmaking that always gets little attention, until the very end. "We'll fix it in the mix..." is an often heard expression, but what does that mean? As a sound designer it usually means you're in trouble. There's never enough money or time to do sound right. So what do you do? Kelley will share his insights, and show you creative solutions to many sound problems. He'll also discuss what to do when you have no budget, and how to blow a lot of money when you do have it.

Pre-Production on Extreme Low Budget Features - - In this 3 hour work shop Kelley will walk you through the ins and outs of everything you need to do before you get to the set. From staged readings and actor rehearsals, to script break downs and securing lots of free stuff Kelley has seen and done it all. How do you know if you've hired the right crew? What kind of insurance should you have, and how much? What happens if one of your locations falls through at the last minute? Do you have location releases, actor releases? Who gets a certificate of insurance? How long should Pre-production even last? If you get Pre-production right then the rest of your schedule should go smooth, and when it doesn't you need to know what to do to get it back on track.

Making the Personal Documentary - - In 1992 Kelley Baker had his first child so he decided to make a fun little film about it. The result, YOU'LL CHANGE (3 min), has been seen all over the world. Not bad for a little movie shot on 16mm short ends for less than $1000. He followed this with Stolen Toyota, also made for under $1000. He has made 8 personal short films which have screened on PBS, The Learning Channel, Canadian and Australian television and have won numerous awards in film festivals like London, Sydney, Annecy, Edinburgh, Sundance, Chicago and others. Kelley will discuss how he takes the little moments in his life and makes award winning films out of them for fun and profit.

There are still open days on the tour so contact me ( and let’s see what we can put together.

Don’t forget to check out my tour sponsors, Film Baby (, Show Biz Software, (, Pollard Design (, Zoom Studio (, The Indy Film Co-op ( and Cheezy Flicks ( All great people, all great companies.

Internet Special!!!!

Check my Internet Specials page,

I have put my Sound Design for Independent Films (It’s The Dialog Stupid!) Workshop DVD on special this time. You get the 2 ½ hour workshop on 2 DVDs for only $19.95. It’s got lots of good information in it. Check it out.

So drop me a line and talk to me. ( and don’t forget to check out the website, for more information.

Angrily yours,



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