Ford Studios® is now offering in-person (and online), our award-winning Masterclass at  various locations worldwide. The eight (8) classes cover the “business of filmmaking”, from script to screen, and meets Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays. Online classes are conducted over Zoom.  >>Learn More

Ford Studios® is now offering in-person (and online), our award-winning Individual Workshops at various locations worldwide. These individual workshops replicate the experience of the MasterClass, but focus only on one (1) filmmaking business subject at a time. The classes are available Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays. Online classes are conducted over Zoom.  >>Learn More


We have generated millions of dollars working on some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters, with the biggest entertainment companies in the world, including:

We are dedicated to helping filmmakers find global success leveraging our network of 25,000+ entertainment industry contacts. 


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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 workshop your film projects in different genres, styles, and formats for success.

Our instructors are working writers, directors, distributors, and producers of Hollywood, independent films, and television.

Bring Your Story To Life

The method of growing a filmmaker’s business career is a journey, not a destination, and we’re leading the way. Register now to learn more about the “business of filmmaking”, from script to screen. Let us help you and your projects profit on a global scale.

Now accepting Student Filmmakers for our In-Person and Online Masterclass and Individual Workshops at various locations starting in January 2024. Private Coaching sessions are available at anytime. 

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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.