20+ Online Resources To Boost Your Filmmaking / Video Production Career

Want to make better videos and to become a professional video producer? Here are 20+ great Web sites to get you started.

MikS MusicI 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.

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Filmmaking and Video Production Tips

Video Business Guides by Filmmaking Lifestyle

video-business-guidesWhether 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.

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Final Draft

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.

Secure File Sharing via Box or Dropbox

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…

I plan on adding to this list regularly, so follow me on Google, Twitter, or Facebook to get updates.

FAQ: Where to find background music for videos?

You can start by looking at my my top 20 best selling royalty free music tracks that already have been used in many corporate and marketing videos on YouTube and elsewhere.

Or read more below:

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5 Music Licensing Mistakes that Can Make Your Video Disappear

Read This Before Using “Copyright Free” Music In Your Marketing Video

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I'm Mik and I make background music for business and marketing use, corporate video, YouTube monetization channels, and short films. I offer my clients - small business owners, video marketers, and media creators - affordable and professional background music with flexible licensing terms. Download my music from the online catalog of ready-to-use soundtracks or contact me to have one created exclusively for your project. See who uses my music

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