by George Edelman Fact: Call sheets are annoying! They’re annoying to make, read, send, hand out, and get. They don’t tell you the whole story of the shoot, and yet a lot of time and energy is put into them. Plus they contain all kinds of information nobody ever needs or uses. Call sheets kinda […]Read more "How to Make a Call Sheet (Without Actually Making One)"
by Cory Baker During my filmmaking career, I’ve run the gambit on all different sides of production. Back in Baltimore, I worked with skeleton crews writing, directing, and doing sound on my own productions. Since moving to Los Angeles I’ve found a lot of work on set sound mixing, and I wanted to give some easy, […]Read more "The [Ultimate] 5-Step Sound Guide for Great Sound on Set"
by Richard Harrington, Photofocus Here is a complete guide to making great fireworks photos by Richard Harrington of Photofocus. This video will walk you through gear choices, on location set-up, camera settings and of course shooting techniques. Use this advice to make some great memories over the holiday! ▪ Advanced Tips for Shooting Fireworks: Use […]Read more "A Complete Guide to Photographing Fireworks"
by FilmSourcing.com We share your passion for filmmaking. That’s why we want to share our resources with you for free. Scroll down here to preview / download. (No email collection – just free downloads! Production Document Templates Camera shot list Advanced shot list Casting Sheet Talent release form Location release form Music release […]Read more "Download Pre-Production Documents and Templates, FREE"
By Logan Baker Your film or video project’s first shot is incredibly important. Whether you’re establishing a time and place or unveiling a mystery, a compelling first frame is vital. Top image: A Clockwork Orange via Warner Bros. It’s vital that you make your video or film’s first frame as enticing as possible. Doing so will set […]Read more "Learn to Hook Your Audience With Enticing First Frames"
By Luke Crowe, Backstage Backstage’s Call Sheet database includes a searchable Production Listings Directory featuring major films, television series, TV pilots, plays, and musicals. Find out about current and upcoming productions, including who’s directing and casting, and where and when the productions take place. These production charts include hundreds of projects casting out of New […]Read more "A Film, TV, and Theater Production Database"
May 4, 2015 By Caleb Ward, Premium Beat Everything you need to check when location scouting is on this easy-to-use free location fact sheet. Finding the perfect location is hard, especially on an indie film budget. Unlike the big boys in Hollywood, indie filmmakers aren’t afforded the luxury of shooting on a backlot […]Read more "A Free Location Fact Sheet by Caleb Ward"
September 2, 2014 by SunCalc (Thanks to David Wardrick for posting!) SunCalc is a free little online app that shows sun movement and sunlight phases during the given day at the given location. You can easily drag & drop the needle to anywhere in the world or just leave it at your given location (if […]Read more "SunCalc sun position and sunlight phases calculator"
August 14, 2014 by Opacity About Opacity This site is dedicated to documenting various abandoned places through both text and photographs; recording their transformations through time before they are demolished. The abundance of abandoned asylums and psychiatric hospitals in the New England area create the bulk of the locations here; these beautiful state funded structures […]Read more "A Potential Site for Searching Locations for your Next Project?"
April 8, 2013 by Dependent Films This is the Dependent Films Download Center. It’s unbelievable 1) how much these files can help, and 2) how hard all of these tools are to find on the net. Thus, this is why we’ve assembled this compilation for all of you aspiring filmmakers out there. Best of all, […]Read more "Tools and Utilities for Filmmakers"