We Make Movies

The DIY Film Collective That's Got Your Back

OUR VALUES

Make it fun while you make it.

Always deliver on your dream.

Quality = making the most of your resources.

Helping the community is helping yourself.

Make the movie that you want to see.


About We Make Movies

We Make Movies boasts the first functional format for a member-funded, owned, and  run film and television collective. Founded in 2009 in Los Angeles, WMM provides free workshops, discounted resources and services, educational industry events, and fosters an inclusive community of over 5,000 independent filmmakers, writers, and actors. We Make Movies empowers creative professionals who are developing and producing original works, and is also available for hire as an independent production company.

The WMM community has directly funded 24 independent films, as well as its first independently produced half hour comedy pilot, OFF THE GRID, centered around three online junkies sentenced to an internet rehab center where there’s no internet and even less rehab. More than 100 shorts, 6 full-length features, and an official WMM Sketch Show have been produced after being developed through their workshop pipeline. A considerable amount of these films have accrued accolades in several film festivals around the world and have also found distribution on various VOD platforms.

WMM has also produced and distributed educational industry podcasts “How We Make Movies”, “FCPX tutorials”, “Film Geeks”, and “Film Central”, alongside hosting weekly workshops, a monthly screening series, showcases, and film challenges. They are currently touring a curriculum based on mobile filmmaking called “Smartphone Studio” at conventions, various communities, and for professional filmmakers and non-filmmakers alike.

We Make Movies expanded the community to Toronto (WMM Canada) in 2012, and most recently opened a branch in the Bay Area in Northern California (WMM San Francisco) in the Fall of 2018.

our open door policy 

WMM is an inclusive community open to artists of all ages, races, ethnicities, sexual orientation, and sexes. It’s our value that we want everyone to “make the movie they want to see” and so it is our policy that we do not censor or cherry-pick which scripts are read during our workshops. Our goal is that by having an open door policy we will allow writers of all backgrounds and experience levels a platform to improve and grow. However, we realize that this policy can also allow for content that is objectionable or offensive to be read. So, we ALSO believe that the same no-censorship policy applies to our audience and they should feel free to dissent and be empowered to speak their mind freely back to the writers in a constructive and respectful way. Our hope is that by not being another “gate-keeper” that merely rejects people without explanation, this community will actually enlighten artists to how or why their content isn’t being received.


The Team


Veteran Team Members