Hi. I’m Courtney Daniels.

I’m an independent filmmaker from Houston living in Los Angeles.

Why do I look happy?

Because I’m not waiting for anyone to pick me.

I’m not trying to get financing.

I’m making movies NOW.

And I’ve shared everything I know about independent filmmaking in my new book.

If you read it now, you could start shooting your first movie immediately.

Exciting, right?

THIS is the book I wished existed when I was making my first feature and then, later, when I hadn’t yet saved up money for my second feature but was dying to make something. 

In it, I briefly cover how to make a film with a crew for around $35K. The rest of the book is devoted to the “almost no budget” approach, in which I tell you how to learn to do everything yourself–operate a camera, light actors, record sound, and edit footage.

If that sounds impossible, consider the fact that I couldn’t even set the time on a watch, yet I got a camera, some lights, and a subscription to Adobe Premiere Pro editing software, and within a few months, I was shooting and editing scenes for my latest feature, This F*%king Town.

Working solo with actors is low-pressure, low-stakes, and FUN. When I started doing it, I was so excited I wanted to encourage others to try it. Which is why I wrote my book.

Stop waiting to be picked, stop waiting for permission, stop waiting–period.

Get my book and make your dream come true.

BUY DIRECT here (get a beautiful offset-printed copy of the book from my publisher).

BUY ON AMAZON here (get a print-on-demand copy–not quite as beautiful, but the text is exactly the same).

If you want to get inspired, watch the other short videos I’ve released on YouTube, Instagram or LinkedIn. 


Get YES YOU CAN – How to Make a Movie for Almost No Money here, now.


I’ve made three features.

What Other Couples Do has been seen by over 2 million people and can be streamed on Amazon Prime and Freevee, Tubi, and iTunes.

Bedroom Story is about a long-married couple who hits a rough patch. It can be streamed on Amazon Prime and Freevee, Tubi and iTunes.

My latest movie, about actors looking for love and work in Hollywood, This F*%king Town, can be streamed on Amazon Prime, here.


Your time is precious. I strive to make my email newsletter worthy. So, I only send it out when I’ve released new work or have something to say that I think will add value to your life.