Udemy Course

An educational how-to video explaining the detailed process of producing and shooting Friends, Foes & Fireworks in a single night, totally improvised, and how you can too.


Do you have a feature film inside of you just dying to get out? Don't know where to start? Do you think you need millions of dollars to make a feature film? The answer is NO you don't. Would you like to learn how to make a feature film in 24 hours and actually sell it as well?

Mike Leigh is a Palm d’Or winning director famed for his improvisational approach. 

Joe Swanberg has built a 13 year career on improvisation, culminated in a series on Netflix. 

In this informative ‘how to’ course, award winning independent filmmaking duo, Sarah Jayne and Ivan Malekin from Nexus Production Group, take you through ten chapters, covering every step they took to plan, shoot and market their first improvised feature film Friends, Foes & Fireworks, which they shot in a single night over New Year’s Eve. This is an inside look with nothing held back, from success to mistakes and everything we learned along the way, and which we now share with you so you too can get your feature film made right now.

Improvised filmmaking is a captivating and immersive process known for its quick turnaround time. So quick, in fact, you can film your idea in a single night.

This course includes:

  • 2.5 hours of talk-to-camera discussions about the entire filmmaking process - from concept to planning to filming to post to distribution - divided into 10 lessons.

  • Behind the Scenes videos, pictures, and scenes from the film demonstrating discussed techniques

  • Supplementary resources like outlines, character backgrounds, call sheets, dialogue and action beats, schedules, and character audition videos for Friends, Foes & Fireworks

  • Full lifetime access

  • Mobile access

A must for any practicing indie filmmaker who wants to make a low budget feature film !

Click here for the course outline & to take the course.

You can also hear director Ivan Malekin talk improvised filmmaking in the Podcast chat with Alex Ferrari from Indie film hustle. Click here to listen.