Want to make better videos and to become a professional video producer? Here are 20+ great Web sites to get you started.
I wouldn’t call myself a professional video producer, but as a composer I regularly work with filmmakers and get good exposure to the video making side of things. Here I put together a quick list of helpful resources that cover a variety of topics, everything from learning the technical aspects of making professional videos, to keeping up to date with the industry news, running a video production business, finding clients, and so on. I plan on adding to this list regularly, so follow me on Google, Twitter, or Facebook to get updates.
Filmmaking and Video Production Tips
Video Business Guides by Filmmaking Lifestyle
Whether you’re just starting out in video production, or if you already have a video production company, this Complete Guide to Starting And Growing a Video Production Business will help you to start and run a successful and profitable video production business.
Indie Filmmaking Blog by Lights Film School
Light Film School offers an online indie filmmaking training, as well as a useful Filmmaker’s Blog featuring topics related to screenwriting, cinematography and directing. You can also get access to 1 hour of free filmmaking video tutorials by providing your email.
Storytelling Tutorial by Stillmotion
Emmy award-winning filmmakers at Stillmotion put together this 4-part storytelling tutorial to teach aspiring filmmakers a very special skill — the art of storytelling. Read it in Vimeo’s blog, which is very much worth checking out by as well.
Video School by Vimeo
Vimeo, one of the world’s leading video sharing platforms features a great blog, which includes the posts and videos related to video production, business, and marketing.
Filmmaking Blog by Philip Bloom
Philip Bloom is a world-renowned filmmaker who shares his work and life experiences in his blog. On his site you can also find a great deal of educational material related to video editing, time-lapse, grading, lighting, DSLR shooting, and much more.
Hurlblog by Shane Hurlbut
Shane Hurlbut is a well known cinematographer who writes about his experiences and shares tips from his 20+ years career to help you become a better cinematographer / filmmaker.
Online Filmmaking Classes by CreativeLive
CreativeLive offers live and recorded online classes in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, and software training held by the industry experts.
DSLR Cinematogrpahy Guide by No Film School
No Film School, a well known online community of filmmakers, video producers, and independent creatives offers a free DSRL cinematography guide when you subscribe to their email newsletter.
Post Production Blog by reTooled
Their blog and video tutorials cover a variety of topics related to Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, and After Effects.
Film Directing Tips by Peter D. Marshall
Peter D. Marshall is a filmmaker from Vancouver, Canada who has worked in the film and television Industry for over 40 years, as a film director, television producer, and creative consultant. In his blog you will find a wide range of helpful film making articles aimed specifically at independent filmmakers.
Filmmaking Tips by The Post Lab
Wealth of post-production advise for independent video producers.
Filmmaking Articles by Indie Cinema Academy
Indie Cinema Academy offers the cinematic techniques classes. On their site you can also find a variety of articles related to current camera / lighting news and tests, specific tricks or the trade, and gear reviews.
Business and Workflow
Final Draft is a screenwriting software for writing and formatting a screenplay to meet the screenplay submission standards set by theater, television, and film industries.
Evernote helps you to keep your notes in one place while being able to access it from anywhere with a variety of devices. In addition to text notes, you can save images, documents, links, and so on. I use it every day and find it extremely helpful.
Trello is a free project management tool. Yet again, that’s one of the applications I use every day to keep track of my work and client projects.
Scrivener is a content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents.
If PayPal invoicing doesn’t work for you, try FreshBooks, cloud-based accounting software service designed for small client-service businesses.
If you work with digital media you often need to exchange large files with either your clients or your team members. Both services will allow you to share your files securely, access your work from anywhere, and to collaborate with your team.
Outsource work and find gigs via Elance or Freelancer
Need help with software development, writing, data entry or design? Find and hire a freelancer to help you complete your project. On the other hand, you can advertise your skills and make money as a freelancer.
To Be Continued…
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