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Facebook Twitter - Learn video production, digital video editing, camera reviews, videography. 20 FREE Online Stock Video Sites! Whether you’re working on a commercial campaign, a corporate video, or a low-budget indie, incorporating stock video into your project can really elevate your final product.

20 FREE Online Stock Video Sites!

Here are a handful of sites from around the web that just might have the shot you need — for FREE! 1. Videezy Videezy is a fantastic resource for free HD stock video. They have thousands of clips from a global network of footage creators. 2. Looking for explosions, smoke streams, or blood splatters? 3. Movietools is a great resource for background and graphic video elements. 4. Since the mid 90s, has been a digital repository for all sorts of digital media. 5. All of the clips offered by Pexels Videos are totally free, high definition, and available under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. Film Is Not Dead: A Digital Photographer’s Guide to Shooting Film. Do you remember when you dug that Polaroid camera out of storage only to discover they didn’t make film for it anymore?

Film Is Not Dead: A Digital Photographer’s Guide to Shooting Film

Can you even remember the last time you actually had film developed? Contrary to popular belief (we’re guilty of it too), no amount of Photoshop, Lightroom or Instagram work will ever truly duplicate the look and feel of analog film. You can get close, but it will never be quite as imperfectly excellent. Jonathan Canlas shoots exclusively on film and wants you to know the medium isn’t actually dead. Film Is Not Dead: A Digital Photographer’s Guide to Shooting Film is a 10×8 hardcover book will do exactly that—teach us all how to shoot on film again. 6 Filmmaking Tips From David Fincher. Perfectionist.

6 Filmmaking Tips From David Fincher

Demanding. Hard to work with. David Fincher is a man who hates his own brand but is secure in his own reputation. 588 Free Film Contracts and Forms. 666 DIY Horror Filmmaking Tutorials. It’s that time of year again, so we thought it was time to update last years killer feature “Horror Filmmaking: From Script to Scream.”

666 DIY Horror Filmmaking Tutorials

That’s right a sequel! This time we are narrowing the focus a bit and concentrating on the DIY (Do It Yourself) elements. Hopefully this will help you slash the budget without murdering your production values. DIY: Blood, Bullets & Stunts DIY: Stage Effects/Green Screen DIY: Digital Effects After Effects. 202 DIY Filmmaking Tutorials. Why buy it when you can build it?

202 DIY Filmmaking Tutorials

Well… most of the time you don’t have a choice. Other times it’s just way too much fun! In our first DIY (“Do It Yourself”) featured list we will focus on the production side of filmmaking. Stay tuned for other DIY featured lists on screenwriting, financing, editing and more. So, for all of you that don’t yet have Jerry Bruckheimer signing your checks, here is collection of great DIY tutorials for low budget filmmaking from around the net. ****Update: We have two new entries in our 202 Series “202 Sony Vegas Tutorials,” “202 Final Cut Pro Tutorials” and coming soon “DIY Horror: From Script to Scream!”

Indy Mogul - DIY filmmaking. Francis Ford Coppola: On Risk, Money, Craft & Collaboration. Over the course of 45 years in the film business, Francis Ford Coppola has refined a singular code of ethics that govern his filmmaking.

Francis Ford Coppola: On Risk, Money, Craft & Collaboration

There are three rules: 1) Write and direct original screenplays, 2) make them with the most modern technology available, and 3) self-finance them. But Coppola didn’t develop this formula overnight. Though he found Hollywood success at the young age of 30, he admits that the early “Godfather” fame pulled him off course from his dream of writing and directing personal stories. Top 10 Screenwriting Tips Introduction to Screenwriting How to become a screenwriter. Over the last quarter century I’ve stumbled and lurched my way to some understanding of the screenwriter’s craft.

Top 10 Screenwriting Tips Introduction to Screenwriting How to become a screenwriter

As our AFTRS Graduate Certificate of Screenwriting students begin their journey, I thought I’d share the 10 things I wish I’d know when I started out. 1. Why people go to the movies If you’re making films to be viewed by the cinema-going public, it would seem pretty obvious that you should seek to understand why people go the movies, wouldn’t it?

So You Wanna Work in Movies. Build Your Own Film/Video Rig This Weekend. Rivals ≠ defeats.

Build Your Own Film/Video Rig This Weekend

For a very small fraction of the money, you can get 80-90% of the way there. You get broadcast-quality HD video in an easy container, on a rock-solid format card. Either SD or CF. A Red Anything costs at least $20k just for the cube. Then you have to buy a monitor or viewfinder, hard drive or card reader, lenses, adapters if you want to use Nikon or Canon glass, then there's all the rods, arms and mounting gewgaws just to make it work. Then, with any of those cameras, ESPECIALLY the Red, you have do deal with their proprietary workflow, memory cards, codecs, etc. Same with the Sony F3, the Arri Alexa, even the Canon C300 is pretty barebones. Most of the shooters I know are putting Nikon primes on their $80k Varicams they bought 3 years ago and are now having trouble renting out.

The fact of the matter is, unless you want to take a step backwards to tape again, there's just no comparison. But a Canon 5D or Nikon D800 is almost disposable by comparison.