DIY Film School – Learn from Websites with Filmmaking Tutorials

Whether you’re a novice filmmaker or a seasoned pro, there is always something new to learn about filmmaking. It could be new technology, software or just a new cutting-edge process or method that someone came up with. We live in the information age and filmmakers from all walks of life are sharing their knowledge online. Here are several filmmaking tutorials and educational sites (in no particular order) that cover the basics to the advanced.

+ The DV Show – Along with producing weekly podcasts dedicated to answering listener questions, The DV Show compiles tutorials from various video sharing sites like Youtube, Google Video, Yahoo Video, Blip.tv, and others. Here’s a great one titled, “3 Point Lighting Tips.”

+ BBC Training & Development provides online courses and tutorials in several disciplines. There are a lot of free tutorials here! Check out “Good Shooting Guide: the basic principles” and get a feel for what’s available on their site.

+ Take Zer0 is an online film school which posts filmmaking tips and tutorials twice a week. The site’s “Zer0” name relates to “everything you need to know before take one” – which goes along with the dry wit of its two hosts. Check out “The Storyboard…And YOU.”

+ Fresh DV is another great site with filmmaking video tutorials. It educates you on the basics (“Introduction to Slating and Script Management”) to more advanced techniques (“The Art of Pulling Focus” ).

+ Studio Daily and its “online family” Studio Monthly, Film & Video, and HD Studio are a great source for production information. Here’s one of their tutorial pages.

+ Video Maker is a 20 year-old publication whose stated mission is “to provide you with the information you need to improve your skills in video production.” Their website holds numerous articles on just that.

+ MediaCollege.com is a free educational website containing tutorials and other resource material in all areas of media production.

+ Apple Learning Interchange – The Videography for Educators is a social network for educators and The Videography for Educators exhibit features tutorials geared towards classroom teachers. It includes several video examples that illustrate concepts and skills for the “art of videography” that can be utilized by anyone.

+ Make Internet TV is specifically geared towards shooting, editing, and publishing online videos. They provide a step-by step in 6 categories: (1) Equipment, (2) Shoot, (3) Edit, (4) License, (5) Publish, (6) Promote. Thy have a very good wiki site as well – MITV Wiki Community.

Other sites’ tutorials geared towards user-generated online videos include:

Current TV – “Producer Training”
Acceptable TV – “How to” tutorials with Jack Black.
YouTube – “Video Toolbox”

+ Brick Films is a “community” website dedicated to the art of stop motion animation. They have a great Resource page and Wiki page that’s applicable to animation filmmaking.

– Vidpedia.org also has a good “Stop Motion Animation Video Tutorial.”


+ Wikiversity Film School – “The Courses in Narrative Film Production”

+ Izzy Video – This site has basic filmmaking video tutorials. It’s published several times a month and includes useful video production tips like “The Rule of Thirds.”

+ Filmmaking Software Tutorials sites –

CreativeCOW.net – A plethora of video tutorials.
Atomic Learning – The mother load of software tutorials.
Studio Daily – “How TUtorials”
Video Copilot – After Effects Video Tutorials.
Andersson Technologies – “Match-Moving Tutorials and More…”
Detonation Films – Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Sony Vegas, CompositeLab, etc.
Digital Producer Magazine – Multiple tutorials.
FX Guide – “Tips and Tricks”
Cinema Advanced – “After Effects: 5 Tutorials you can’t miss”
Avid.com – “Avid Free DV Training”
LAFCPUG – “Final Cut Pro Tutorials and Troubleshooting.”
Filmmaking Central – Adobe, Apple, Cinema 4D, and Imagineer products covered here.

Other great sites with useful information:

+ Self Reliant Film – This is filmmaker and educator, Paul Harrill’s blog which “encourages the practice of making high-quality films at a low-cost and/or with small-labor systems.” There are a lot of ‘diy‘ and production posts that are very useful to filmmakers at any level of expertise.

+ Ron Dexter, ASC has a simple site which shares his 40+ years in the film business.

+ B-Independent is describes as “Things I’ve Learned…. an on-going series of articles by and for microcinema filmmakers detailing mistakes made and lessons learned.”

+ Four Eyed Monsters – These filmmakers are in the forefront of DYI Distribution. There’s a lot to be learned from them.

+ Surrey Films has a “Basic Filmmaking Tutorial.”

+ Film Sound – “Film Sound Q & A”

Other Notable Articles/Websites –

“Depth of field explained” (20 minute video tutorial) – SnodArt.com
“Directorial Basics” (scroll down to the interactive camera angles/lighting guide) – JamesArnett.com
“Planning and Creating a Visual Effects Sequence”Digital Producer Magazine
“Greenscreen and Bluescreen Checklist”GeneralSpecialist.com
“Sollthars Filmmaking Guide 2”FXHome.com
“Lighting 101” DVFormat.com
“Cinema Production Lighting”OwyheeSound.com
“Location Sound: The Basics and Beyond”Kenstone.net
“How to shoot video!” – Tina Wood of On10.net
“Poor Man’s Process, Illustrated (Poorly)”DevonDeLapp.com

and last but not least…

“Robert Rodriquez’s 10 Minute Film School”Exposure.co.uk

 


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