Grab Global Attention With Our Award-Winning Hollywood Film & TV Business Expertise.

PROGRAMS I January 2024


Ford Studios® is now offering an IN-PERSON, award-winning Masterclass and Individual Workshops in Lisbon, Portugal. The Lisbon sessions meet on a daily basis (Monday through Thursday), for 8 days. You will interact with the same teacher and classmates each session, forming a cohort network in the Entertainment industry.  


Ford Studios® ONLINE, award-winning Masterclass and Individual Workshops offer the same quality of instruction as our Lisbon in-person classes, and replicate the experience of being together in a classroom. These classes take place in live, in “real time”, and advance day-by-day, and should be accomplished within the 8 day (Monday through Thursday) schedule. Classes are conducted over Zoom.


We are dedicated to helping filmmakers find global commercial success with their Film and Television projects. Marc Ford has experience working on some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters, with the biggest entertainment companies, including:

We utilize our expansive and growing network of 35,000+ Entertainment Contacts to help our Students and Clients. If your entertainment business, product, or project seeks experienced and successfully proven Hollywood experts, we invite you to schedule an APPOINTMENT to discuss your specific needs.


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Whether you are looking to create independent features or big budget blockbusters, we’ll show you from “script to screen”, the business of filmmaking to generate profits and interest from Hollywood distributors and film buyers all over the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions.

Yes. Our MasterClass and individual workshops are not production focused. The workshops provide for the strategic planning and the business of filmmaking. While some participants will be experienced or emerging filmmakers, others will bring valuable skills in other fields.

Yes, definitely. As a film distribution company, we facilitate the marketing and distribution of your films to the general public. We've distributed our client's films through theatrical, video on demand (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.), DVD, and new media. Our experienced Hollywood professionals at Ford Studios® have successfully produced, marketed, and distributed every type of Film and TV project, including two of the highest grossing films of all time.

The Ford Studios® MasterClass and individual workshops will be held Online (via Zoom) and In-Person in Lisbon, Portugal. 

Required MasterClass activities begin at 7:00pm and end around 9pm for all classes, Monday through Thursday (no weekends). 

Travel costs are the responsibility of the Student Filmmaker. In many cases, it may be possible to work with your organization, employer, or university to fund your travel. We are happy to provide letters for participants who receive funding and need proof of career development or independent study.

We've workshopped pilots, shorts, features, dramas, fantasies, mockumentaries, noir, indie, big-budget, plays, sitcoms, and horror screenplays, to mention just a few. There is no type or genre of film that wouldn't benefit from learning the business of filmmaking for profit at Ford Studios®.

Yes! We do offer one-off workshops in a specialty business segment of filmmaking, as well as private coaching. his format, we feel free to share ideas freely, trust each other with our personal projects, and assist each other constantly with resources, ideas, contacts, and more. This format of offering a MasterClass along with individual teacher-led workshops is new for the business of filmmaking. We believe it will lead to the development of stronger commercial projects and and lasting filmmaking in the long run.

Sanity Never Made History!™” 

– Marc Ford


You’ll find yourself completely immersed in our workshops from day one with our custom approach to interactive learning.


Get real-world experience as you write and workshop scripts in a variety of different genres, styles and formats.

Our instructors are working actors, writers, directors, and producers of Hollywood, independent film, and television.

Bring Your Story To Life

The method of developing and growing a filmmaker’s career is a journey, not a destination, and we’re leading the way.

Now accepting Students for our ONLINE and IN-PERSON Masterclass and Individual Workshops at our (New) Lisbon, Portugal location starting in January 2024.

Client Testimonials

What Our Students
& Clients Say About Us

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"If you need to take your writing skills to the next level, working with Marc is a quick, cost-effective, and fun way to do it. In just a few sessions, he helped me move from huge, silly, comedic premises to grounded, equally funny work. I absolutely recommend his services."

Paige D.

"Tipstor is great because Marc is an excellent group leader. With his wealth of experience in analyzing scripts for film and theater, he always has insights and suggestions that amaze and delight me. He encourages us to discuss each others’ work freely, and to explore and experiment with ideas."

Monique L.

"At Tipstor, the feedback you get on your scripts and pitches is outstanding. Marc knows story structure and character and—when it comes to comedy—where the funny is."

Joey W.

"Marc is an amazing instructor. He demystifies the process by providing clear practical steps to building a well-crafted, original story. At the same time, he respects and nurtures each writer's authentic voice, and inspires you to work through any obstacles along the way."

Jimmy G.

Marc’s feedback is always encouraging and inspiring—but he also always makes sure we never lose sight of structure and pacing in our scripts. Best of all, he always urges us to take a good idea and push it farther, making it stronger and more interesting."

David L.

"Every serious screenwriter should take a Tipstor workshop. Marc is an awesome collaborator whose keen sense and flair for concept is irreplaceable when trying to nail a hook or tighten a scene. And while his command over the conventions of character and plot is top-notch, his application of them is always inventive and fresh."

Jennifer S.

"Tipstor surrounded me with ambitious, like-minded writers who forced me to dig deeper into my story and my characters, break down old clichés that slip subconsciously into my writing, and challenge myself to redefine genres."

Larry Q.

"I've paid several different consultants for feedback, and Marc has always spotted vital script problems that nobody else has. Plus, he's extremely clear when explaining each of his points."

Patt H.

"Marc's enthusiasm for storytelling is infectious, and you will surely come away from any conversation with him inspired and ready to work."

Tevor C.

"Marc fosters a group environment that is nonjudgmental, supportive, and fun, where fellow writers share ideas and give constructive feedback. Coming from a comedy background, I knew how to write a joke, but had no idea how to turn a premise into a script—until Tipstor."

Didier K.