The Internet offers a wide range of resources for the filmmaker. The usefulness of individual websites ranges from indispensable to complete junk. Here I have listed some of the more useful websites for research, inspiration, planning, problem solving, and further study.
Many of these websites provide links to additional useful websites, so try them out.
Anyone who surfs the web regularly knows it’s a mercurial entity—websites come and websites go. I have tried my best to list the most stable web resources, but I cannot guarantee that all of these links will still be up and running when you try to visit.
CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision) is the Brussels-based organization of international film schools, and it always has an interesting range of special projects going.
Facets Cinémathèque has 35,000 films of every kind for sale on tape or DVD. A helpful and knowledgeable organization with a passion for international and minority interest movies. Be sure to check that they have the film you want in the format you can play. (Banish compatibility problems by investing in a zone-free DVD player.)
Focal Press. The newest books on media.
Society of Camera Operators. Information, book lists, and links to other professional societies around the world.
University Film and Video Association. An organization for North American screen educators. Includes funding and screening opportunities for students.
The Independent Filmmaker Project fosters the development, production and promotion of hundreds of feature and documentary films a year.
Student FilmmakersHuge resource for the student filmmaker. Incudes online forums, articles, workshops, events, networking and festival information.
Indiewire A large news, information, and networking site for independent-minded filmmakers, the industry and moviegoers.
Funding, Preproduction, Casting, Crew
Kickstarter Essential fundraising platform for creative projects of all types.
Indiegogo Another fundraising platform like Kickstarter, very popular with independent filmmakers.
Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in all disciplines.
Backstage Essential casting and actor’s resource website.
Casting Networks National casting website.
Now Casting National casting website.
Breakdown Services National casting website.A resource for finding video production crew across the country and around the globe.
Production Hub connects film, television, video, and digital media production with those seeking industry services, equipment and professionals.
All Movie A very large movie database.
IMDB Gargantuan movie database that enables every imaginable kind of production research, down to the careers of obscure technicians.
Cinestory Screenwriters’ resource.
Done Deal Professional Columns, books, advice, contests, examples, agencies, links.
Screenplay Screenwriting software downloads.
Screen Style Screenplay software center.
Screenwriting Screenwriters’ resource with many links.
Screenwriting Expo Annual screenwriting exposition.
Writers Store Everything for writers and filmmakers, including software.
Scriptcity Great resource for buying screenplays.
Celtx Free screenwriting software available for downloading.
Digital Video magazine. Excellent for software and equipment reviews and for keeping up-to-date with developments in the digital world.
Variety, the show business oracle. Get ready to learn a whole new vocabulary.
Videomaker magazine. Lots of good technology reviews and information.
Senses of Cinema Online film journal devoted to the serious and eclectic discussion of cinema. Great essays on many types of films.
Filmmaker Magazine Magazine dedicated to independent film with an extensive archive of articles.
Saftey, Insurance and Legal
CSATF This page includes a link to the CSATF “General Code for Safe Practices for Production” as well as links to more specific safety bulletins.
Filmins Online resource for entertainment industry insurance of all types.A resource for information about entertainment law.
Movie Gun Services Here you can find information and guidelines for prop gun laws and safety.
Technical and Equipment Resources
B & H in New York City is simply the biggest supplier of camera, video, and sound equipment in the country. Their inventory is humongous, their information prodigious, and their prices are usually the best.
Equipment Emporium A California sound equipment sales and rental center with a passion for educating people in sound recording. Lots of good advice and even basic procedural information online.
Kino-eye Digital film, media technology, podcasting. Good for bibliographies on particular film subjects.