The Art of

Improv Indie Filmmaking

Directing Improvisation

Learn how to direct actors and stage the camera in improvisational scenes. 

The Scriptment

Learn how to develop your story idea into an outline scriptment you can shoot from.

Working with Actors

Learn how to build your characters with your actors in a collaborative environment.

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Learn How to Add Improv to Your Filmmaking Toolbox

Discover how to write a scriptment, work with actors, work effectively on set, build characters with your actors and so much more. 


4+ Hour of Video Content

Learn how to write, produce and direct an improv independent film.

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Award-Winning filmmakers Sarah Jayne and Ivan Malekin have been producing improv based feature films and shorts that are innovative, challenge the audience and inspires for years. Their films have been screened world-wide through many international film festivals. 

Their latest two improv feature films, Friends, Foes & Fireworks and In Corpore, have been distributed throughout the world through Amazon, iFlix and Walmart as well as many other outlets. 

Ivan and Sarah haven’t stopped sharing their love for the improv method. Most recently they filmed and released seven episodes of streaming series Life Improvised, and they also teach improvised film techniques, both online and in live workshops world-wide.

The Complete Indie Film Producing Workshop

Learn how to produce a low-budget feature film, step by step.

Camera Settings

Learn all about shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

Flash Photography

Learn how to use flash to get trendy high-contrast photos.

35mm Film

Learn how to get crisp images using cameras from the 60s.


Improvisation is a form of performance in which the players have no script. Free of conventional methods and constraints, improv gives filmmakers and actors complete freedom to explore characters and relationships in depth and capture genuine authenticity on camera.

It allows you to speed up production, make more films, and ultimately save time and money by working efficiently at all stages of the production process.

Suitable for aspiring filmmakers or more experienced artists looking for a new approach to film, this course will inspire you through the creative freedom improvisation fosters, and how putting away the script can lead to new discoveries, making your own work, behind and in front of the camera, fresh and exciting.

Improv has been a large part of many legendary and Oscar winning filmmakers processes like Mike Leigh, Mark and Jay Duplass, Joe Swanberg, Christopher Guest, Lynn Shelton, Robert Altman and John Cassavetes.

Some films that used extensive improvisation in their making are Marvel Studios' Iron Man, Drinking Buddies, HBO's Room 104, The One I Love, Vera Drake, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Blue Valentine, Waiting for Guffman, Best of Show and many more.

Here is what you will learn in this course:

  • What improvisation is and the various forms used today so you can understand the different approaches to improv and how you can use it in your film.   

  • The all important Surprise Factor so you can make sure each take is fresh and exciting and how this can lead to authentic performances.

  • How improvisation can help you get onto set quickly and how you can work efficiently once on set to speed up production and save costs.

  • The importance of trust in filmmaking and how improvisation fosters collaboration and freedom.

  • The mindset of Thinking on your Feet and why an adaptable attitude will help you throughout your career.

  • How to see the Big Picture and how improv trains you to think like an editor so you never face a problem in post production you can’t handle again.

Also included in this course is a ton of supplementary material, from our story outlines and breakdowns to rehearsal notes and character drafts, to our own improvised features In Corpore and Friends, Foes & Fireworks so you can see exactly how we put together an improvised feature from concept to final result.


Did I mention that all IFH Academy members also get massive discounts on industry leading software and services?

  • (Free Casting Package)
  • Artlist Stock Footage (Two Free Months)
  • Artlist Stock Music & FX (Two Free Months)
  • Soundtripe Music (10% off Membership)
  • Close Captioning ($10 off your First Order)
  • Bulletproof Script Coverage (15% off ANY Coverage Package)
  • (One Free Month)
  • (One Free Audiobook)

Bernard Wooten
Indie Filmmaker

"Very informative I can't wait to apply it. The videos and extra materials provided really helped too."

Anthony Kendall
Indie Filmmaker

"I recommend this course to any indie filmmaker and anyone wanting to shoot a film on a low budget with a small crew."

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