Learn film development, financing, scriptwriting and more with Naomi online!

NMJ - Headshot 4 -  PHOTO CREDIT - Alexa


Pull Your Film into Existence

Virtual Class - Available to Begin anytime

Powered through FilmLaunch

You've got a screenplay, but how on earth are you going to make this film happen? How does one actually pull a film into existence? Why did they not teach us this in film school???

Well...let Naomi McDougall Jones guide you through the development process for your movie. This class combines prerecorded course videos and individual course work with twice group coaching sessions and pitch practice led by Naomi for a full year after signing up.

Students will leave the course with*:

  • A logline and synopsis

  • A business plan and investor packet

  • A lookbook

  • An understanding of film finance and a personalized plan for how to go out and raise theirs

  • An understanding of the film festival and distribution landscape and an initial plan for their project, so as to be able to integrate before production

  • A polished verbal "elevator pitch" for the project and an understanding of how to pitch in a longform setting with financiers

*Assuming they complete the extracurricular assignments

$495 (payment plan available)



Write a Feature Film in 8 Weeks

Eight Weekly Classes

Sundays from May 17-July 5 (SOLD OUT)


Saturdays from September 12 - October 31

12-3pmEDT (group will meet for 2-3 hours each week, depending on class size)

Been sitting on that screenplay idea for years? Never known how to begin? Started the first ten pages seven times, but never finished? Don't even have an idea, but have the desire to write a feature film? Well...while you're responsibly staying home during the Covid-19 outbreak, do like Shakespeare did with King Lear while he was quarantined for the plague, and sit yourself down to write your masterpiece!

In an intensive, collaborative, intimate-class format, Naomi McDougall Jones will lead a maximum of 10 students through the process of inspiration, idea/concept honing, character and plot development, outlining, first "vomit draft" re-writing and then, of course, the critical re-writing, all in a condensed 8-week process...

8 student maximum

$575 (discounted)

2 Pay-What-You-Can slots available on a first-come-first-serve basis



The Re-write Process

Eight Weekly Classes

Saturdays from June 6 - August 1 (skipping July 4) - SOLD OUT


Sundays from October 4 - November 22

12-3pmEDT (group will meet for 2-3 hours each week, depending on class size)

Have a first (or second or third or seventh) draft of a screenplay or pilot, but can't seem to bring it across the finish line? Need mentorship, collaboration, or simply deadlines to be able to hone and get it production-ready?

In an intensive, collaborative, intimate-class format, Naomi McDougall Jones will lead a maximum of 8 students through the process or re-writing and polishing their scripts. Over the eight classes, Naomi will help students develop and strengthen their editing process, provide direct feedback on student's scripts, create inter-student in-class collaboration and feedback, and, generally, guide students as they work to level-up their process and work.

8 student maximum

$575 (discounted)

1 Pay-What-You-Can slot available on a first-come-first-serve basis



"Speaking to Naomi was nothing short of a relief. As a young-ish producer entering the indie arena for the first time in my career, I was overwhelmed by the extremely enigmatic process of sourcing funding for a project I've poured my heart and soul into. Naomi was patient and kind, but unafraid to be completely transparent about the reality of my goals. She has clearly taken the time to vet the multiple financing strategies available to indie productions, and when she shares her knowledge it comes from a place of empathy and experience. Not only did she answer my questions honestly and thoroughly, she came prepared with answers to questions I didn't even know to ask. It's rare to meet someone so open to sharing the fruits of their intellectual labors in such a competitive landscape, and her value to those wracking their brains for answers to the toughest industry questions cannot be overstated." - Ashley Sather

"Thank you to Naomi for sharing her incredible insights into the ins and outs of casting, financing, and producing her feature, Bite Me, with NYC Women Filmmakers. I've learned more about how features are made in the 2 hours of her frank and hilarious workshop than I have over the past 5 years!  I'd highly recommend her workshop for anyone planning a feature journey of their own." - Cidney Hue, Founder, NYC Women FIlmmakers

"Naomi has a wealth of knowledge of how this industry works and an incredible teaching energy that makes you feel like wherever you are at with your project or in your career, you are in the exact right place.  She reminds you that filmmaking is accessible, community-based, and navigable with transparency and an openness that is rare in this business." - Jeanette Bonner, Student, Indie Film Development Intensive

Naomi McDougall Jones knows what she is doing. She understands the anxieties, blocks and unexpected twists and turns that are a part of the writing process. She knows how to help you get out of the way of yourself and get it done, she can help you with structure, conflict, dialogue, character and pace. She is accessible, supportive and well-equipped to handle a group of writers all writing at a different pace and with different styles. She has a great sense of wonder and a great sense of humor. If you just always wanted to write a screenplay, this is the course for you. -Vicki Gohl, Student, Screenwriting Intensive I


Subscribe for updates on Naomi's latest film projects, books, class offerings, news from the fight for parity in film, and ways to stay involved!

© 2020 by Naomi McDougall Jones. Photo Credit: Alexandra Turshen