Anybody who is even remotely knowledgeable about the filmmaking process understands that making a film is expensive. This is especially true for a filmmaker that’s just starting out and is trying to find their voice, preferred style and make a name for themselves.
These are some of the best online resources that I’ve come across for all you beginning filmmakers.
No Film School is a website that acts as community for filmmakers. It was founded by Ryan Koo, a film director that has a feature length film coming out on Netflix this year called Amateur. Koo created the website to be a place for filmmakers of any skill level, no matter their education level.
2. Shooting PeopleA cleverly name website community of 45,000 independent filmmakers that was established in 1998 by a group of six filmmakers. One of the founding six was Cath Le Couteur, a writer-director thats won a variety of awards from international film festivals, and another founder was Jess Search a documentary filmmaker who helped found the first British documentary foundation.
3. Indie Talk
Indie Talk acts as forum for independent filmmakers. The home page seems to be a bit unorganized, but you just need to click on the forums tab. You’ll be greeted with a nicely formatted, easily navigated screen with a variety of forums and descriptions of what types of discussions go on in each section.
This website was founded in May 2008 by screenwriters for screenwritters. It is hosted by Scott Myers, a screenwriter that found his first major success in 1987 with his film, K-9, and he has been with Go Into The Story since it’s launch.
According to the official about section on the website, “Filmmaking Stuff is a professional resource for independent filmmakers and provides tips on screenwriting, producing, crowdfunding, directing, movie marketing and film distribution.” The website was founded by Jason Brubaker, a producer based in Los Angeles, and serves professional advice for independent filmmakers.
There are a great number of online resources for starting, independent filmmakers. Different sites will work better for different people, but these five are the ones that have served me best.
I look forward to seeing all the great films that you make.