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Useful Filmmaking Sites

General Interest Sites for Filmmakers

Useful Sites for Filmmakers
Must Have!

The Internet Movie Database has more basic information for filmmakers on movies than any other source. Searcheable info on full cast/crew, plots, reviews, ratings, new movies/DVDs, best movies by genre, advice to filmmakers and a whole lot more. This one needs to be in your bookmarks.

Interesting

Other Sources of Filmmaking Info

MovieMaker magazine covers the entire art and business of independent filmmaking. The web site has many valueable articles and a subscription is a bargain for all you get.

Filmmaking.net offers a filmmakers FAQ, forum, software downloads, used equipment listing, links and store.

Filmmaker.com has articles, forum, software downloads, opinions of film schools from students and links.

Filmmaking.com has some interesting general articles on filmmaking and a few paid links.

Eejit's guide to film-making has some short articles on filmmaking.

Greg Pak, Filmmaker has a few articles and lots of links.

Filmmakers.com offers some news, a forum and links.

Knowledge Hound, Film has links and annoying popups.

Zepti.net - web search engine


Sites For Screenplay Writing

Useful Sites for Filmmakers
Must Have! Library of Congress This is where you go to copyright your screenlay. You do want to do this.
http://www.loc.gov/
Must Have! Writer's Guild of America Interesting articles on writing. Register your script for additional protection.
http://www.wga.org/

Where to find screenplays on the web

Drew's Script-O-Rama is the original site for finding movie screenplays. You need to read good screenplays and unless you live in L.A. you won't have access to libraries of the real thing. Script-O-Rama is the next best thing. Don't buy commercial books of screenplays because they generally aren't correctly formatted.">finding movie screenplays on the web. You need to read good screenplays and unless you live in L.A. you won't have access to libraries of the real thing. Script-O-Rama is the next best thing. Don't buy commercial books of screenplays because they generally aren't correctly formatted.

ScriptCrawler, however, seems to currently be the biggest and best site for free screenplays.


Other Free Script Sites

Best Movie Scripts has a nice clean design with free scripts.
Cartoon Movie Scripts is the simplyscripts cartoon movie genre filled with scripts of toons.
Classic Movie Scripts is the simplyscripts classic movie genre filled with scripts of classics made before 1970.
Closed-Captioned Scripts has a few transcripts of closed-captioning of movies.
Colin's Movie Monologue Page is a source for movie monologues. Great for actors looking for short pieces.
The Daily Script has properly formatted movie scripts and screenplays.
God Among Directors is the hosting site of many popular scripts on the net.
Inflow's Screenplay Repository has several scripts categorized by screenwriter.
JoBlo's Movie Scripts is JoBlo's list of tons of scripts.
MovieFreak includes a great collection of free movie scripts.
Movie-Page Scripts has tons of free scripts, listed by screenwriter and draft.
A Movie Scripts Archive has a very limited number of scripts for download.
Nemonic Turf is a nicely designed and run site with plenty of free scripts.
Ridley Scott Scripts simplyscript's Ridley Scott genre with scripts by Ridley Scott.
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Scripts is daily script's genre site of sci-fi and fantasy scripts. Tons of 'em.
Screenplay 451 has alphabetized movie scripts, but not very many, cool design.
Screenplays For You has modest collection of scripts, all hosted, and great site design.
Scripts Galore is an up and coming script site, looks promising.
Scripts on the Net has perhaps the first searchable database of free movie scripts.
Simply Scripts is another great searchable site packed full of scripts for movies, tv, radio, anime, even fan fiction.
Transcripdfs has transcripts for tv series in PDF format..
Twiz TV has the latest transcripts of many current television shows.
ZzippeddSkripptzz.com is one of the best sources for scripts. All scripts are zipped.


Online Script Stores

Harvest Moon is probably the best source for buying screenplays online.
The Script Shack is a large store with plenty of scripts to choose from, though you must fill in the order form manually.


Sites to Help You Sell Your Films

Useful Sites for Filmmakers
Recommended

The Independent Film & Television Alliance, formerly known as the American Film Marketing Association, is the trade association for the independent film and television industry.

This is the organization of the sales representatives that sell American films to other countries. By studying the member profiles you can get an excellent idea of what festivals they attend and what kinds of films they sell.


Useful Sites for Filmmakers
Interesting

Other Sources of Filmmaking Info

MovieMaker magazine covers the entire art and business of independent filmmaking. The web site has many valueable articles and a subscription is a bargain for all you get.

Filmmaking.net offers a filmmakers FAQ, forum, software downloads, used equipment listing, links and store.

Filmmaker.com has articles, forum, software downloads, opinions of film schools from students and links.

Filmmaking.com has some interesting general articles on filmmaking and a few paid links.

Eejit's guide to film-making has some short articles on filmmaking.

Greg Pak, Filmmaker has a few articles and lots of links.

Filmmakers.com offers some news, a forum and links.

Knowledge Hound, Film has links and annoying popups.


Reviewed Products & Sources
Recommended Business Planning 4 You This site sells business plan templates for just about everything imaginable. For about $60 you can get a business plan template for an independent film.
http://www.business-planning-4-you.com/plans/index.html
Independent Film Business Plan

Reviewed Products & Sources
Recommended FormsGuru.com This site has all kinds of free legal forms. Promisory notes, release forms, etc.
http://www.formsguru.com/

Reviewed Products & Sources
Recommended Chris Gore Chris wrote the book on film festivals. Listen to what he has to say.
http://www.filmthreat.com/
http://chrisgore.com/

Sites with information about film directing and directors

The Director's Guild of America is the official union of American film directors. The site contains some interesting articles about issues that are of interest to professional directors.

The site contains many interesting interviews with prominent European directors (in English).

The Wikipedia contains a few articles about directors.

Director's World has some articles that might be of interest to directors.

DirectorsNet is a showcase for directors offering credits, streaming demo reels and a job center.

Lists of some of the greatest directors along with their films.

Harris E. Tulchin, an entertainment lawyer, explains how to hire a professional film director in this article.


Filming location information

This is a list of links to Film Agencies and Commissions in various states in the United States and worldwide. These links may help provide the filmmaker with help researching and choosing a location and then getting a permit to shoot in those locations.

United States

Alaska - This is a part of the Alaska State page. The page offers lists of possible filming locations with slides and descriptions of possible resources one could utilize while filming. The page also provides a list of links of for production help and support.

California - This page has a link to information about the California Film Commission, including information about how to apply for a permit to film in California through the CFC and which locations in the state are similar to others in the world.

Iowa - This page includes information about Iowan film stars, locations where big films were shot, and economic breakdowns of filming costs in Iowa. It also includes contact information and a guide to regulations, such as permits, taxes, and child labor laws.

Maryland - The Maryland Film Office began in 1983, and offers location scouting, and an extensive library of color photograph of locations throughout the state. They offer pre-production research and act as a liason between the government and the producers. This page acts as an introduction to their services.

Missouri - This page offers basic information about the Missouri Film Commission. An online application facilitates the director in his quest for a location to shoot. Employment opportunities are posted for the job seeker.

New Mexico - This page is a simple guide to personnel and services for film production throughout the state of New Mexico, including accomidations, public relations, equipment rental and production coordiantion services.

Tennessee - This web page offers information about Tennessee's growing music, film and video production industry. The Commission provides production assistance within these rapidly expanding industries, and offers general production resources.

Texas - The Texas Film Commission offers to analyze scripts and survey the state for locations that fit the project's requirements. They act as liaison with other state agencies, local law enforcement, or city and county governments in the obtaining of permits. This page offers copious amounts of information, and is easy to use.

Utah - The Utah Film Commission assists with production needs, from initial scouts and pre-production to principal photography and post-production. It includes a database of production companies and a list of films shot on location in Utah. In addition, they offer a bulletin board for crew/animators/etc. to offer their expertise. This web page offers an introduction to UFC's services.

International

Austrian Film Commission - The Austrian Film Commission (AFC), offers a wide range of services. The AFC maintains on-going relationships with festival selectors, distributors and buyers as well as the press, concerning new Austrian productions. They also oversee festivals and film events throughout Austria. This site offers and introduction to their services.

Austrailian Film Commission - This web site offers advice to filmmakers who wish to make films in Austraila. There is information about grants and other funding options, as well as general production assistance. The Film Commission also offers assistance in promotion and marketing of finished films.

Britain - This web site encourages filmmakers to "put Britain in the picture". It is members only and graphics-intensive, but offers free membership and features copious resources designed for the begining fimmaker. The links page is a list of smaller film commission within England, N. Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

British Board of Film Classification - The British Board of Film Classification acts as a ratings organisation for British films. Included are guidelines for filmmakers regarding content.

British Columbia - British Columbia Film delivers a full range of services assisting in the development, production, marketing and distribution of B.C. film and television projects, as well as labour force development initiatives. This page offers information about how to utilize these services.

National Film Board of Canada - The National Film Board of Canada offers a bi-lingual introduction to the process of filmmaking in Canada. Included are tips for production, resources for new filmmakers, and contact information for various helpful groups. The board is a public agency, created in 1939 "to reflect Canada to Canadians and to the rest of the world". Their main focus is the production and distribution of films, for which they have received many accolades for its excellence.

Iceland - This page offers information about films already shooting in Iceland, but also includes contact information for the Icelandic Film Commission

India - The National Film Development Corporation Ltd. is the central agency in India promoting quality cinema. This page offers a variety of resources for both seasoned and aspiring filmmakers, as well as researchers. Highlights includes a history of Indian cinema from the first talkie in 1931 to the "Golden Age" of the fifties. Also included is censorship information and a ratings scale

New Zealand - On this website you can find information about all the feature films and short films that the New Zealand Film Commission has supported since it's inception. You can also access information about the services that the Commission offers such as financing, ratings, marketing, archival resources. This web page is a celebration of all New Zealand culture through film.

North Wales - The North Wales Commission assists filmmakers in locating locations for shooting and directs them to services and personnel available to assist them. North Wales has been host to production teams from the 40s to the 90s.

Singapore Film Commission - In their own words, this page claims the goal of "nurturing, supporting and promoting" Singapore talent in filmmaking, the production of Singapore films and a film industry in Singapore". In actuality, this page only offers links to films that were shot there, and contact information.


Which HD camera is best? Which HDV camera is best?

A recent article in DV Magazine compared four of the recent "pro" HDV cameras against each other and against the Panasonic HDC27F Varicam and the Sony HDW-F900/3 CineAlta. Surprisingly when tested for resolution, image quality and light sensitivity, the six cameras were more alike than they were different.

The two much more expensive cameras had better images than the much less expensive HDV units but the difference was much less than the hype would suggest. The four HDV cameras were also much more alike, in terms of picture quality, than they were different.

There are obvious differences in these cameras in terms of features, lens quality, ruggedness and suitability to purpose but the testers concluded: "We came away convinced that any of the cameras would do a creditable job in the hands of a skilled user, and that the choice of camera should be made more on features and ergonomics than on image quality."


Sites with information about finding, auditioning and casting actors

Key tips for actors on how to audition from Michael Shurtleff's excellent little book, Auditions: Everything an Actor Needs to Know to get the Part. Better yet, just buy the book. Besides being by far the best book available for actors on how to audtition, for filmmakers it's a mind opening look into what acting is all about and the internal processes a good actor goes through.

Boo-Tips has some good tips for auditioning talent by Peter John Ross.

Caryn.com has links to articles about acting and auditions and interviews with casting directors.

The Wikipedia contains a short article about casting actors.

A code of conduct for conducting auditions is posted here by the London theater actor's equity.


Film sound info on the web

Soundtrack Info is an excellent discussion of what goes into a film soundtrack.


Film sound info on the web

FilmSound.Org is simply an amazing site. It must have more info on the use of sound in motion pictures than all the other sites put together. In fact there is so much that you may have a hard time finding what you need. You could spend an entire day reading the articles and listening to the sample sounds and be throughly entertained if still as confused as when you started.

Film Sound History is exactly what the title says. You probably don't need to know that the original 1933 King Kong was one of the most groundbreaking films in the use of sound but it's fun to read all the same.

Film Sound Theory has a good collection of film sound terms and explainations.


Useful Sites for Filmmakers
Interesting SoundtrackNet Lots of info on working with movie and television soundtracks.
http://www.filmmusic.com/

Sound effects sources

Free sound effects

Understand that free sound effects may or may not be actually owned by the web site offering them. It's doubtful anyone would ever know the difference if that sound of a car going by in the distance isn't really yours, but use these at your own risk.

Sound Effects is a site that list many other sites where you may be able to find free sound effects.

Absolute Sound Effects Archive has a large collection of free sound effects. The quality varies.

Tintagel's Free Sound Archive has a slightly smaller collection of free sounds for download.

Pachd has a small set of free sound effects.

Sound Hunter has a few free sounds they captured themselves.

Simply The Best has a number of WAV free sound effects you can download.

Amazing Sounds has more than 1,000 various sound files including free sound effects for download.

Acoustica has a small collection of WAV sound effects files.

FlashKit has a large collection of royalty free sound effects files to download and use.

Ljudo has a search engine to find many free sound effects files.

Sound effects for sale

Sound effects for sale are usually higher quality than the free ones and you will get a receipt proving you have the rights to use the sounds.

SoundRangers has a variety of high quality sounds and royalty free music for purchase.

Blish sells collections of royalty free sounds and music from various publishers.

SoundDogs lets you preview and order from a large library of sound effects.


Film deliverables info

Filmmaker Magazine has an interesting article on the myth of a seven thousand dollar film since the required deliverables always push the price much higher.


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