Resources

How to Credit Your (Non-Professional, Short) Film, Part I
Especially because filmmaking is such a collaborative medium, it is important to take some time to properly credit your film, in order to acknowledge the contributions of the people who made the making of your film possible. Here are some tips to make sure you cover the all the bases…

How to Credit Your (Non-Professional, Short) Film, Part II
One of the keys to creating good credits is knowing how to describe the contributions that people make on your film. Here is a list of some key positions. You might not have all of these roles on your film, but you can just pull out the ones that are relevant to your film, or combine credits if the same person has multiple roles…

Creative Commons Resources for Sound
Filmmakers must have license to use any material that appears in their films. One of the biggest challenges is finding good, professional sounding music and sound effects that you can use in your films for free. Here is a list of sites that might help…

dig.ccmixter.org
A creative commons remix community. A wide variety of options here, and sometimes, the stems (constituent tracks) of the songs are also available so you can take a song and also have an instrumental version of it, or just the drums or whatever. The dig search engine is pretty user-friendly. Check the license of each track, as there is some variation.

freesound.org
Sound effects and music. Check the license on each file as they are not all the same.

freemusicarchive.org
Good selection of music, both instrumental and vocal. Confirm license before using.

incomptech.com
Range of music designed for soundtrack use. Mostly all made by the same person. Lots of digital instruments.

Screenwriting Software
The format of a screenplay is not like any other kind of writing. A properly formatted screenplay helps all of the people who help make the film understand what needs to be done. But formatting screenplay’s properly in a normal word processor. Celtx is free software that makes screenplay formatting easy. The newer versions are networked, like Google Docs, and are only available with a subscription fee. This is the last version of the stand alone software that was made available for free.

Script to Screen: The Making of “Eat The Frog”
As you begin the process of making a new film, it can be helpful the different stages of the process and what a project might look like at each. This post outlines the process of making the short film, Eat the Frog, from script to screen…
 
 
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production still: Diploma, Dir. Jun Sekiya, YIS, 2013