How To Get A Movie Made – Jason Satterlund

Jason Satterlund, Filmmaker: We work so hard to get through, to break through. You’re just trying every step of the way to write the screenplays, to work with the actors and then finally someone gives you a shot and then Bam! They shut the door on your face. It felt like Well then what’s the point?

Film Courage: For any new filmmakers watching can you take us through the process of making a film, all the way from securing financing to getting cast attached, below-the-line people? 

Jason: If we’re talking about making a movie specifically, that’s what you mean? The general process of making the movie is it starts with a script, you’ve got to get a script from somewhere. Hopefully find financing in some way, shape or form whether that’s an investor or credit cards or something. Usually at that point then you find casting. Then it becomes putting your crew together probably starting with someone like a cinematographer, deciding the look, the props. You move into production and you’re doing that whole scene and then it’s post on the end of it. That’s the general building blocks which are probably fairly obvious. The trick is if you’ve never done it, how do you even move that ball down the field at all? That’s usually the big question. How do I make a movie? How do you in the world do it? I’ve done three features to this point and each one of them came about in different ways. The first one I tried to make I did everything you were supposed to do. I read all the books. I read Rebel Without A Crew. I read all the books that all the filmmakers read about independent film and whatever. I wrote a script…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

Jason Satterlund on location for his latest film THE ABANDON (written by Dwain Worrell)


Jason Satterlund is an award winning film director who has been working on films for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in all areas of production including directing, producing, writing, cinematography, and editing. He works all over the world directing, commercials, documentaries, music videos, and feature films.

Early on he developed his skills as a storyteller and uses them to this day on projects as diverse as sci-fi steampunk action films, high end commercials, underwater sea life in the tropics, television shows, top country music artists in Nashville, Tenn, and feature films. He is the only person ever to conduct a night shoot in the ancient city of Petra, and the first person in America to use film lenses on an HD camera.

Satterlund has done extensive work for clients such as Warner Brothers, Bon Jovi, Amazon, Microsoft, Jack White, CNN, Hallmark Entertainment, ABC, and the country of Jordan.

He is creator and director of the award winning feature film, “The Record Keeper,” which premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London, and won the first annual Geekie Awards.

Satterlund’s latest film THE ABANDON (written by Dwain Worrell) features a wounded soldier awakening in a strange cube that tests his physical and mental limits as he attempts to find a way to escape against a ticking clock.

Miles Willis [played by Jonathan Rosenthal] and Jason Satterlund on set for THE ABANDON
On set for THE ABANDON


U.S. soldier, Miles Willis, is shot and wounded during an intense firefight in Iraq. As he tries to radio for help, a sudden blinding light surrounds him, and he awakens to find himself trapped in a strange, colorless cube with nothing inside but his own combat gear. As time passes, the cube begins to change: fluctuating extreme temperatures, random shifts of gravity, and strange writing appearing on the walls. His only communication is with one person — a mystery woman who calls him on his satellite phone, claiming to be trapped in a similar space. As the clock ticks, the two of them must figure out who has them, why they were taken, and how to escape.


A film by Jason Satterlund

Written by Dwain Worrell

The film stars Jonathan Rosenthal, Tamara Perry, and Regis Terencio

Produced by Victoria Hadeler and Regis Terencio

Executive Produced by Jonathan Rosenthal and Jordan Foley

Edited by Jason Satterlund

Cinematography by Ray Huang

Music by Geoff Koch

From Mill House Motion Pictures

Runtime is 1 hour 36 Minutes

This drama/thriller film is not yet rated




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