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7 resources young filmmakers should be taking advantage of

Filmmakers everywhere should know that there is an unlimited amount of resources out there online for them to use. Some things are free, like reading websites and blogs, watching YouTube channels, and listening to podcasts, while others may cost some money such as downloading great apps and programs to help aid your endeavors. 

It’s hard to navigate through everything to know what resources are valuable and how they can help you, especially when you are just starting out in the industry of filmmaking. Here is a compiled list of some great resources available that young filmmakers everywhere should be taking advantage of right now.

Frugal Filmmaker – YouTube Channel

Scott Eggleston (known as the “Frugal Filmmaker”) is a YouTube channel that teaches you how to make the movies you want to create without spending all of your money keeping up with endless amounts of gear. He has great insight for young filmmakers to make movies with a simple mission statement: “Make Movies! Don’t Go Broke!”

Through The Lens – Website

Chris Weaver’s website features many tips, tricks, and helpful guides to any aspiring filmmaker, from being a small-time crew member to actual amateur filmmaking. He goes into depth about all aspects of filmmaking, including lighting, language, and even how to get a job in the film/tv business with inspiring stories from famous filmmakers including Speilberg himself. It is a valuable read and has endless amounts of helpful information.

Music licensing agencies

Great films always have great scores, whether it is suspenseful, ominous sounds or the upbeat, happy montages. Having to pay royalties to use music can be taxing, and it is such a nice touch when, as a filmmaker, you can enhance your film with custom or new music. 

Marmoset is an agency that will allow you to license music for films by selecting tracks from their library or by working with their team to create a brand new piece. If you know what you are looking for, or even have an idea, their team can help you select from their vast library or create the perfect masterpiece as a compliment to your film.

Filmmaking podcasts

With podcasts free to listen to, for those who learn better by listening and applying instead of by reading blogs or watching videos, plus it is an easy thing to do during the day when occupied with other activities. There are plenty of podcasts to choose from that are helpful. Recommendations include: 

The DIY Filmmaking Podcast – though this podcast is somewhat old and only has 12 episodes, there is still a ton of great information and education to help aspiring filmmakers. 

American Film Institute (AFI) Podcast – this is great if you want to hear great interviews with some of Hollywood’s great directors including Ron Howard and Brad Bird. 

Film Method by Cindy Freeman – This is a great archive of filmmaking knowledge and expertise, definitely worth a listen to.

Groovy Guide To Careers in Filmmaking – This is done by Brent Altomare covering film crew jobs that many young filmmakers don’t know enough about. He talks about much more than directing and producing, with jobs like 1st AD, etc. that can be great to get your food in the film industry door.

Web applications

There are many different apps that can be utilized, many of which start with learning the ins and outs of cinematography with photography for great shots when doing your filmmaking. Some really helpful ones include DSLR Camera Simulator, Kodak Color Negative Film Comparison Tool, and RED Cinematography Tools. They all have great ways of helping you navigate the various tools, menus, and ways to apply with certain presets and how to use each to get the shots you want. 

Online Courses For Filmmakers

Online courses are paving the way for our future and they are a fantastic way to help you learn while still working full-time, or are unable to commute freely. Filmmaking is no exception, and there are some great online courses available to help guide your journey. Some helpful courses are listed below:

MIT’s Free Online Film Courses – A free course on filmmaking from a top college is hard to look-over, so it is well-worth the bore of the recorded lectures to gain some in-depth knowledge.

Wikiversity Filmmaking Course – This film school is offered by the people that run Wikipedia, and a nice introduction to young people interested in an overview of the filmmaking process.

Digital Film School (Apple) – Though this is limited to those with an iPod or iPhone, this gives a nice look into the world of digital filmmaking. This collection of videos features an experienced team of filmmakers who show you some craft secrets that underpin good filmmaking and how professionals stay up to date. You can learn the basics of editing, how to conduct interviews, what a producer or a crew member actually does, and how to archive your finished project.

Do your research: Utilize numerous sources before you try

There are multiple ways you can use the world wide web to find what you’re looking for. Before you jump into buying an application, preset, or any other filmmaking tool that you think you need or that looks promising to help you, do some research first. Look for reviews, YouTube videos, free tutorials, or even pdf’s from those in the business that can give you some insight as to whether it is a good investment before you make it. 

As stated before there are many avenues that you can take to learn the aspects and tricks of the trade for filmmaking, so make sure you take your time learning about what others have found. There is no rush to obtaining good, helpful information, and many times you’d be surprised at what you might find. 

Some resources, like music licensing for scores and presets on cameras, are worth the investment for the ease, and good filmmaking. Others, like expensive online courses that promise results from someone you’ve never heard of in the industry, are probably not worth the risk.

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