I was honored to attend Adam Leipzig’s workshop, Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers


Carmel, CA–Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers, February 16, 2013

The sun was out in Carmel and one might have been tempted to lounge the day away in the quiet village, unless that someone was an Independent Filmmaker. In the rarified world of Filmmaking, independent filmmakers are often at a loss for making it in the industry so the Monterey County Film Commission brought in a ringer. Enter Adam Leipzig.

Of his recently released book, Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers: Get Your Movie Made, Get Your Movie Seen and Turn the Tables on Hollywood Leipzig says, “There are precise best practices that most indie filmmakers either don’t follow or simply are not aware of,” says Leipzig. “I’m here to share insider information, to help indie filmmakers achieve their dreams and get their movies in front of audiences. This isn’t a book about how to make a film … it’s about how to get your film made.” And this was the foundation of his Carmel Workshop.

Presented in a casual but sufficiently concentrated style, the workshop offered new hope for filmmakers like Patrick Golden (@7StringSerenade) and me (@GothicGourmet).  Contacts in the film industry can be illusive, and one might even say illusionary, but Leipzig IS that person as he helps to bring a different focus to the process of making movies – MONEY! That’s right! Money! As a business-minded individual, I have often been shackled by the disparity between Art and Money. As a Hollywood Insider, Leipzig showed us how thinking like a Producer, Distributor, Exhibitor, or Investor can actually bring life to a project that was destined to sit on the shelf.

Adam Leipzig has overseen more than 25 movies as a producer, studio executive and distributor, including March of the Penguins, Dead Poets Society, Julie Taymor’s first film, Titus, Joe Johnston’s first film, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Jon Turteltaub’s first film 3 Ninjas, and he has worked with legendary directors Robert Altman, Peter Yates and Peter Weir. He has served as the President of National Geographic Films and as Senior Vice President at Walt Disney Pictures. He serves as Publisher and Managing Editor of Cultural Weekly, and is an author of Filmmaking in the 21st Century, a comprehensive overview of filmmaking techniques and principles for students in college and beyond, to be published by Bedford/St. Martin’s (Macmillan) next year.

After the workshop, Patrick and I had a debriefing. Our take-away was: We can actually participate in the Industry!  Thanks ADAM LEIPZIG!



It is with great pleasure that I offer a special thanks to:

Producer Adam Leipzig ( – to say you are “a wealth of information” is to understate the matter… in the extreme!  @AdamLeipzig

Monterey County Film Commission (– Cheers for bringing this EXCELLENT workshop to the Monterey Peninsula!

Steve Ellzey of AMP Media ( – as a pioneer in Public Access, your support through scholarship makes it possible for Indie Filmmakers to take it to a new level!  @AMPMediaTV


Mark Oman ( – your generosity and gracious invitation made it all possible for me. You, sir, are a scholar and a gentleman!


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