By Ken Roy | Best tips from around the Web for today's Independent Filmmaker

Shot Lists and Script Lining: How to Prepare Your Screenplay Before a Shoot

You've finished your script. Now what?<p>Turning a screenplay into a reference tool for production is no small task. It requires going through every …


Maybe You're Not Meant to Be a Filmmaker

Maybe You’re Not Meant to Be a Filmmaker<p><b>If you’re finding yourself doubting you are on the right path, this video will either get you excited</b> …


Is NOT Making Films One of the Best Things You Can Do for Your Filmmaking Career?

Filmmaking may be the most important part of your life, but sometimes a change of focus is needed to put everything into perspective.<p>Working is the …


Video Tutorial: 5 Transitions You Should Start Using

You’ve got solid video, clean audio, and the perfect color grade. So don’t blow your edit with uninteresting transitions.<p>Snappy transitions are all …


What Does it Really Take to Make a Film (When You’re Not on Studio Payroll)?

by Nathalie Sejean<br>in Filmmaking<br>on Feb 16, 2018<p>For the past six years I’ve been curating content about filmmaking and the creative process at large. …


Practical Effects You Can Use to Make Slow Motion Look Sexier

Contrary to popular belief, it's possible to shoot super boring slow motion.Slow motion is all the rage, right? Everybody and their third-grade …


The pros & cons of shooting on a smartphone vs a $5,000 cinema rig

These phone vs “real camera” comparisons are getting a little old. They usually end up one of two ways. Either the DSLR or video camera absolutely …


Bouncing Light: One Concept You Should Always Remember When Lighting Your Scenes

This is why you shouldn't totally freak out if you don't have a beadboard or reflector to bounce your light.Knowing how to use reflectors is almost …


Is Flickering Ruining Your Video? This Fix Will Only Take You 30 Seconds

This might be the fastest and easiest way to fix video flicker without any plugins.You thought you did everything right. You composed your frame …


9 Things You Should Check Before Recording Audio

Sound can make or break your project, so be sure to work through this checklist before recording audio on your next shoot.


5 Mistakes We All Make as Filmmakers (That We Can Easily Avoid)

We all make mistakes as creatives, but here's how to avoid making some of the more common ones.Filmmaking is like diffusing a bomb. You're there …


The Best of CES 2018: Our Favorite New Video Production Tech

CES is always an exciting time for technophiles — it’s one of the best times of year to discover new and emerging technologies that will help with …


How to Find the Right Video Editing Software: A Buyer's Guide

Deciding what software to purchase can be a daunting task, especially for the beginning videographer. There are a lot of factors that should be …


5 Common Misconceptions You Might Have About Filmmaking

You might believe in some misconceptions about filmmaking and photography, but this video will help set the record straight.<p>Even though filmmaking …


How to Maintain Your Sanity as Director When Everything Descends Into Chaos

No matter what you've heard, the most important part of directing is keeping your cool.In his introduction speech prior to the premiere of <i>The Catcher</i> …


How to Pack like a Minimalist Filmmaker

Matt D'Avella is not only a minimalist, he directed the award-winning Netflix documentary Minimalism. In this video, he shows you how he packs. He is …


Tutorial: Learn How to Sync Your Text Graphics to Music

Want to transform your boring text graphics? Why not give them some rhythm and energy?<p>Okay, so you're editing a project and you've come to the part …


A Masterclass in Documentary Film Making with Tom Jennings

Tom Jennings is an award winning documentary filmmaker and journalist. Tom has written, directed and produced more than 400 hours of programming on a …


10 Stages of Post-Production, from Data Storage to Deliverables

Editing can be a complex process, but this video and flowchart might help you get a better grasp on the whole thing.<p>If you're interested in getting …


Archival Research 101: Looking for the Perfect Image

My career in documentary film began when I was brought on as a production assistant for Lyn Goldfarb and Alison Sotomayor's <i>Bridging the Divide: Tom</i> …


This Video Helps Take the Guess Work out of Writing Loglines

How can something so short be so difficult to write?<p>Loglines are essentially simplified explanations of a story, but many times they're anything but …


5 Important Questions Filmmakers Ask About Casting

These Terms are subject to occasional revision, and if we make any substantial changes, we may notify you by sending you an e-mail to the last e-mail …


6 Post-Production Practices for Your First Short Film

Making your first film and wish to improve the post-production workflow? A recent panel hosted by SAG-AFTRA aims to help.With an endless amount of …


Crowdfunding Success and Failure from a Producer’s Perspective


How to Shoot a Professional Video by Yourself

Filmmaking is a collaborative process, but what do you do when you have no one to collaborate with? Is it possible for one person to make a great …


4 Lessons for Even the Most Seasoned Directors

There are so many amazing things to learn about directing. How to prepare better, when you should storyboard, how to get your actors to respect you, …


How Custom Shooting Modes Can Make Your Life So Much Easier

Call it a camera trick, a camera hack, or camera whatever, but doing this will help you capture the shots you want so much easier and …


What’s the Difference Between a Cheap Microphone and an Expensive One?

Wherein we discuss everything filmmakers need to consider when comparing cheap microphones to expensive ones for video projects.

Music Production

How to Eliminate Echoes When Recording Sound in a Big Empty Room

If you're recording audio in a reverberant room, echoes are going to become a huge problem. Here's how to get rid of them.So, you're planning to …