Filmmaking Resources

Due to the falling costs of making films, more and more people are moving to making films, both as indie filmmakers and as hobbyists. That also means that many people are writing about and making movies about how to make movies! The following are a number of helpful resources that explore various aspects of filmmaking.

  • Simply lighting better can make your movie look way more professional. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFM8bHuYmhg
  • Some great interview tips here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEMdT5GoeTg&feature=channel
  • Indy Mogul’s got over 150 videos on doing different tricks and stunts on the cheap. Check out their YouTube channel here.
  • Final Cut Pro tutorials at FCProducer. Both video and written.
  • DV shop has an excellent source of resources and have also a discussion forum.
  • DV Format has a ton of Expert Tips, from the basic (How to Shoot) to how to utilize the DV Start/Stop Detect function of Final Cut Pro.
  • EventDV, like DV Format, has great information of getting the most out of your equipment. Check out their Tutorials on everything from shooting well to post-production with After Effects and Final Cut Pro.
  • Simvideo, has some tips on light meters, calibrating monitors and more:
  • Post-Production is an important part of your final film. In that process, subtly altering the colours can help convey your desired impact. To learn about Colour Correction or Colour Grading in Final Cut Pro 4 (we have 4.5), click here.
  • Celtx is an excellent, open-source and free pre-production tool, including script writing and story boarding. Here’s some screen shots:
  • Chuck’s Video and Film Directory is a large source for numbers and company information for Toronto production Company.
  • Manfrotto makes a number of our tripods. They share how-to tips here.
  • Ten Commandments of Sound for Video: Part 1 Part 2 Even more info.
  • FAQ on Audio Recording (good audio is the first, most important sign that you’re not an amateur). WikiRecording is another resource.
  • Picking the right kind of microphone can help you get the best kind of sound. More info on how to do that here.
  • Hundreds of videos on all topics related to filmmaking.
  • Lots of videos on the gear of filmmaking and many tips on using the gear better.
  • Lighting on the cheap.
  • Another user on YouTube with lots of great basics of filmmaking: TheShirtlessApprentice.
  • Two great forums to learn a lot from: DVInfo.net and DVXUser.com. Check out the DVInfor forum on Techniques for Indie Production.
  • Revision FX makes a lot of great plugins for Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects. You can check out some of their training videos here.
  • It’s important to wrap cables properly so they don’t get damaged. Some tips: 1. Each cable has a memory of loop size and direction, follow the memory and work out kinks or twists as you go along. 2. Never wrap them around your elbow or hand. Here’s a video on how to wrap cables so they unravel straight and can be “thrown out”.
  • You can find a lot of screenplays here.
  • Here is a Movie Making Manual over at WikiBooks.
  • Some specific articles on filmmaking here.
  • Blender is a free (as in beer and speech) 3D program. You can check out some interesting tutorials here. My favourite is turning a 2D photo into a 3D environment so you can zoom through it, called Camera Mapping.
  • Some Final Cut Pro tips on capturing and the various tools for trimming, rolling, slipping etc.
  • Sometimes it helps to have some cool showcase videos around for inspiration and ideas. Here’s some good ones from Autodesk made using tools not much different from the ones available to you.
  • Colour grading is an important step to creating certain “looks” in movies, whether it is the blue of Terminator 2 or the rich tones of a movie like Tutsi. You can watch a demo on colour grading using Autodesk Lustre in Tutsi here. Magic Bullet Looks, which is available as a plugin for FCP, AE and Premiere on the edit suites, is demoed here: pre-grading and post-grading. Basics of colour grading can be found here. Final Cut Pro has very basic colour correction ability which you can find out more through google.
  • Attracting crewmembers is an important part–don’t screw it up with these tips.
  • Confused by Adobe Premiere and After Effects? Check out these easy to follow videos!

Here are some Discussion Forum Links:

www.cinematography.com
www.filmshooting.com
www.creativecow.com
www.2-pop.com

If you’ve got any great links to resources to help fellow filmmakers, feel free to send them to web@hhfilmboard.com.