The Maverick Masterclass Series is designed to explain the process of making your film from start to finish.  Together, we'll cover a broad range of topics easily and effortlessly.  Depending on the session length, you will learn how to overcome obstacles, how to avoid writer’s block, the secrets to finding the right cast and crew, how to find investors and make a sensible and easily achievable budget.  We’ll also cover planning and scheduling tips on how to never exceed a 12-hour day!  You’ll learn how to uncover the right perspective for YOU, the truth about film festivals, marketing and promotion, and selling your film.







Do you have a film you’re trying to get off the ground?  Is there something or someone standing in your way?


You’ll learn how to make a plan of Action, overcome any obstacles, and understand how to see your vision come to life.  Learn the tips and secrets to make your movie YOUR way, with whom and where, and how YOU want to make it.



Do you want to showcase your talent?  Do you want to land the role you’ve always wanted without having to audition?


You’ll learn how to skip the middle man and take charge of your career, becoming the star you’ve always dreamed of being.  Learn how to find a script, a director, the role YOU want, and express YOUR gifts loud and clear!



Do you have a screenplay you’re trying to get made?  A story so special you'd like to share with people all over the world?


You’ll learn how you can grasp control and make your words come to life.  Discover how to connect with a director, producer, and the cast YOU want and bring YOUR story to the screen!



The Maverick Mentorship Program is tailored specifically for YOU.  We’ll begin with an initial Skype or phone consultation to address your goals and objectives.  From there, we’ll create a process for you to explore in achieving your specific goals.  Because each journey is unique to YOU and your set of desired outcomes, each exploration will be different.  Here are some previous models from a Director, an Actor, and a Writer:


Maverick: JJ, USA
When JJ applied for the Maverick Mentorship Program, he stated his desired outcome was to make a short film.  He had an idea for a script, but had never written one.  Nor had he ever made a video, held a camera or taken a film class of any sort.  His Maverick Mentorship was designed in three phases.  Each phase consisted of 10 two-hour sessions held once every week or two, with supporting homework assignments in between sessions.  In Phase One, we watched and analyzed films, doing scene analysis and overhead camera planning, learning about aesthetics, tone and genre, and screenplay structure.  Phase Two began with the creation of a screenplay for a short film.  We also explored how to find the right team of actors and crew, secure locations, equipment, and reached the point where JJ was ready to actually shoot the work.  In Phase Three, he directed his short film.  After which, we handled all the post-production (editing, sound, music).  At completion, JJ had a fully finished short film ready for film festivals.  He achieved his desired outcome.


Maverick: HN, United Kingdom
I met HN at the Maverick Masterclass Intensive I offered at Raindance Film Festival in London.  HN is an actress and her desired outcome was to be cast in a juicy role which would showcase her talent.  We explored ways of finding out HOW she could achieve her goals without relying on other people (such as casting directors, agents, etc.)  After our Maverick Filmmaking work together, she and an actor friend co-wrote a feature-length screenplay, with fantastic parts for each other.  HN then cast herself in the role she wanted, and put together a team to produce, direct, co-star, edit, and score her film.  HN’s desired outcome was accomplished.


Maverick: CH, Canada
I met CH through a mutual friend.  CH had a feature-length screenplay that had been in some screenwriting contests and was well received, but no production companies were willing to option it or turn it into a movie.  So, CH applied for the Maverick Mentorship Program and within a few weeks was well on his way to making his dream a reality.  Even though he had no previous experience in filmmaking, he learned the process of making a business plan, how to find investors, organizing a budget, finding a director and team to produce and execute his screenplay on his terms.  The feature film of his screenplay became critically acclaimed and was released theatrically in North America and in Europe.  Now, CH is working on developing the feature concept into a TV Series which he also intends to produce.




Depending on your location, resources and flexibility, we can work with each other in several ways: at your location, at my office in Hollywood, by phone sessions, or by FaceTime/Skype.  Together we can find which is most beneficial to you for your process.




Maverick Mentorship Program: The fee for each phase is payable at the start of each phase.  If, at the end of each phase, you want to postpone or cancel the remaining phases, we can reschedule or stop the program.




“Steve covers a lot of ground in just one day, but worth every minute.”


“A whole lot of information which is useful, understandable, inspiring and motivational. Transferable skills and a lot of generosity from Steve as a teacher.”


“To come away inspired and have your eyes opened to being more proactive in your career.”


“A thorough dissection of the process of making an independent film.”


“You will enjoy the insights of a director willing to share his finely crafted tools.  You will be given a thorough overview of the process of getting an indie film made from pre to post production.  The class will feel like a warm hug.  And you will leave feeling you have greater autonomy and personal power than you thought.”


To be considered for the Maverick Mentorship opportunity, please send your bio, links to your website and other social media URLs, and a brief written self-assessment including your goals and desired outcomes, any obstacles you would like to overcome, and any other pertinent information that you believe to be important to this process HERE.