FILMMAKING RESOURCES

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Welcome to Indie Film Hustle Resources page, a list of products and services I've personally used and test. I wanted to create a resource page that you can always come to for all your indie film needs. I'll continue to add as I find new and exciting services and products that will help you along your filmmaking journey. 

 

Before you jump into these awesome resources, an important disclosure:

Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase or use a service.  Understand that I have experience with all of these services, products, and companies, and I recommend them because they're extremely helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I earn if you decide to buy something.  Please do not purchase or spend any money on these products/services unless they will help you achieve your individual goals as a filmmaker, business person or artist.

DEVELOPMENT

AUDIBLE

FREE FILMMAKING OR SCREENWRITING AUDIO BOOK
I don't know about you but I'm always on the go and rarely have time to sit down and read a book. I consume most of my books through audiobooks, specifically on my iPhone and iPad. I've partnered with Audible to give you a gift one FREE book, no strings attached. Any book you want. There are thousands to choose from. Happy learning!

SKILLSHARE

ALWAYS KEEP LEARNING
Skillshare is an amazing service where you can get access to thousands of online courses covering every topic under the sun. Storytelling, cameras, business, photoshop, logo design, social media, marketing, you name it and they will have a course on it. I use every week to learn new skills and sharpen old ones.
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FINAL DRAFT

#1 SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE
This software automatically formats and paginates screenplays and teleplays to entertainment industry standards. Final Draft is the industry standard, if you write in Hollywood, you are probably using this software. Industry giants such as James Cameron, JJ Abrams, and Aaron Sorkin recommend using Final Draft to write your screenplay.

IFH ONLINE FILM SCHOOL

THE BEST HAND PICKED ONLINE FILMMAKING, SCREENWRITING & PRODUCTION COURSES
To be a filmmaker and storyteller you must always be honing your craft and continuously be learning. This is why I decide to put to a resource of the BEST online filmmaking courses in one place. Each page will be dedicated to different skills you'll need to be a well-rounded artist, storyteller, entrepreneur, screenwriter, and filmmaker.

PRE-PRODUCTION

BACKSTAGE

PROFESSIONALLY CAST YOUR FILM FOR FREE
Now you can cast your film with Backstage. The best talent is on Backstage. Post jobs with us and get access to more than 100,000 performers. This is a no brainer. Super helpful service.
FREE CASTING PACKAGE COUPON CODE: HUSTLE

STUDIOBINDER

PRE-PRODUCTION WORKFLOW SOFTWARE
StudioBinder is an invaluable tool for our production workflow. The sleek design and smart features like call sheet tracking bring organization, efficiency, and automation to our shoots, and greatly increases our productivity.
1 FREE MONTH - COUPON CODE INDIEHUSTLE1M

WRAPEL

LOCATION SCOUTING FOR INDIE FILMMAKERS MADE EASY
Finding a location is time-consuming and expensive. You have to either aimlessly go door-to-door or scour Craigslist and Airbnb until you find something that vaguely fits. Even then, you may be told they don’t rent out to film shoots. Enter: Wrapal. They are revolutionizing the location scouting process by putting creatives and property owners together under one roof. Their free, user-driven community connects filmmakers and photographers that need locations with property owners that want to make an extra buck.

PRODUCTION

BLACKMAGIC CAMERAS

BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK CAMERAS
I've shot with every camera under the sun. By far the best bang for your buck are Blackmagic cameras. I love the look they give and the 13 stops of latitude isn't bad either. You can shoot ProRes or RAW and they work beautifully in the Davinci Resolve eco-system. Oh did I mention they are extremely affordable too? Can't recommend these cameras enough.

TASCAM DR-40 4-TRACK PORTABLE DIGITAL RECORDER

AWESOME AUDIO RECORDER
I can’t tell you how amazing this little recorder is. Highly recommended. Easy to use and deal with in post. The DR-40’s four-track recording mode gives you several options to record, indicated by LEDs on the front of the unit. You can record up to four channels of 96kHz/24-bit audio. Mono and stereo recording is also available. Recording formats include MP3, Broadcast WAV formats.

RODE NT3 MICROPHONE

BEST MICROPHONE UNDER $300
I was using the another microphone at first and said to my self, is the extra $100 really worth it? The answer is YES! The RODE NT3 Microphone is again the best bang for your buck. Are there better mics out there, sure but you can't beat this mic for the price. I recorded all the audio for my feature film on this mic and the film sounds great.

SUPER 16MM FILM MASTERCLASS

LEARN HOW TO SHOOT REAL FILM
Why the hell have you created an online Super 16mm Film Course? Because believe it our not there are a ton of television productions, feature films and indie films that are shooting on Super 16mm film. The need for education in the craft of shoot celluloid is great. This is the only Super 16mm course available online.

LENSFINDER

ONE STOP SHOP FOR VINTAGE LENSES
If you want to get the best bang for the buck on lenses then, vintage glass is the way to go. I've shot a ton of projects with old lenses but finding them or any real information about them is almost impossible. Lensfinder is part marketplace, part Wikipedia for vintage glass.If you want to know what a lens is really worth this site will help.

POST PRODUCTION

DAVINCI RESOLVE

THE MOST POWERFUL EDITING & COLOR SOFTWARE AVAILABLE - DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE!
Originally designed for Hollywood’s elite colorists, DaVinci Resolve has been used on more feature films and TV shows than anything else because it lets you create images that are simply impossible with other tools. DaVinci is also the world’s fastest growing and most advanced editing software. You can download it for free. Resolve is now my go to NLE system.

REV.COM

CLOSE CAPTIONS MADE EASY
If you need close captions for your feature, short, series or youtube video these guys are amazing. Rev's proprietary technology platform is built to create a great work environment for transcriptionists, captioners, and translators so we can deliver clients ever-increasing speed and quality. For a $1 a minute you can't beat this service.

FILM EDITING PRO - MOVIE TRAILER EDITING MASTERCLASS

LEARN THE ART OF TRAILER EDITING FROM PROFESSIONAL HOLLYWOOD EDITORS
Trailer editing is a lot more than just picking the best parts of the film and stringing them together. A lot of work goes into connecting these seemingly unrelated moments together logically, visually and musically. This course is a one-of-a-kind course for anyone wanting to learn the craft of editing a trailer, regardless of genre.

EDITSTOCK

UN-EDITED MOVIES TO PRACTICE YOUR EDITING CRAFT
If you are an filmmaker or editor that wants to practice their editing on a REAL feature film, commercial or music video footage, then Editstock is for you. You can purchase RAW FOOTAGE from real productions to practice your editing and color correction. The bonus is you can use it on your demo reel. This is a resource I wish I had when I was starting out.

FRAME.IO

THE BEST VIDEO COLLABORATION TOOL
I love this service. I used them extensively on a huge show I worked on. Privately upload, review, and share video with your entire team, anywhere in the world. Frame.io replaces the hodgepodge of Dropbox for file sharing, Vimeo for video review and email for communication, but that's just a start. Highly recommended.

CINEPUNCH MASTER SUITE

THE ULTIMATE MOVIE TOOLKIT & COLOR SUITE
CinePunch was created to give digital artists an abundance of tools and controls to enhance the final look of their project. With simplified controls and built-in animation drivers, CinePunch allows you to focus on design. CINEPUNCH has been designed with the user in mind. Simplified control panels and a vast library of presets allow you to focus on the enjoyment of designing the look and feel of your project. Professional tools…Professional results…built with the beginner in mind. Punch up your work with CinePunch… The ultimate completion suite.

YOUTUBE AUDIO LIBRARY

STOCK MUSIC YOU CAN USE ON YOUR PROJECTS
Royalty Free doesn’t mean it’s free music for you to download and do with it as you please. It just means you don’t pay any royalty fees. Once you purchase the track of music, you can use it in a Vimeo or YouTube video, usually once, and you don’t have to pay anything else regardless on how many times the video is seen, 10 times or 1,000,000 times, it doesn’t matter. You pay a one-time flat fee and you are good.The YouTube Audio Library has 1000's of songs you can use in your films, shorts, and productions at no charge.

ARTLIST.IO

ORIGINAL, HIGH-END ROYALTY FREE MUSIC
Get a license to the entire Artlist catalog with unlimited downloads for a full year. All the music is pre-licensed for use in any video, including commercial. Whether it’s the latest indie-pop sound or hit TV show style, Artlist stays at the cutting edge of today’s music trends. With the most talented and vibrant community of artists and composers from around the world, and the site’s simple and streamlined usability that lets your creativity flow. Once you download a song it's yours for life.

INSIDE THE EDIT

THE ULTIMATE CREATIVE EDITING COURSE
There are many courses design that will teach you AVID, Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro software but nothing on the creative process. Inside the Edit is the first all encompassing creative editorial course. Highly recommended for any filmmaker who wants to become a better storyteller.
25% OFF COUPON CODE: HUSTLE

VIDEO BLOCKS

STOCK FOOTAGE FOR YOUR PROJECTS
Unlimited Library is valued at over $10M and includes 115,000+ video clips, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds & more.New content is continuously added to the VideoBlocks archive, so there is always something fresh! All clips provided on VideoBlocks come with the right to use them royalty-free in all types of projects. There are absolutely no additional fees. Everything you download is yours to keep and use forever-royalty free
$50 OFF - IFH DEAL

WEB DESIGN & MARKETING

BLUEHOST

#1 FOR HOSTING WEBSITES
I just love these guys. Their customer support, live chat and reliability in by far the best in the industry. My sites have never gone down. If you call their customer service line, they'll walk you through the entire process. I highly recommend using Bluehost. You can get a special IFH Deal of $3.95 per month for hosting services.

BEAVER BUILDER

#1 FOR DRAG AND DROP WEB DESIGN
Without this remarkable wordpress plugin I'd still be bumping around the web trying to figure out how to put a killer website together. This plugin is a drag and drop addition to the WordPress infrastructure. All the reliability of WordPress and the ease of dragging and dropping to create your website.

WORDPRESS

#1 WEB DESIGN PLATFORM
WordPress powers over 25% of ALL websites on the internet. It's plug-n-play ability is remarkable. I love it's backend. Super easy, robust and elegant. There are thousands of FREE and paid plugins you can add to your site to give you more functionality at a click of the mouse. You can choose from the over 10,000 FREE themes to give your website a pro look instantly and with NO CODING!

FILM FESTIVALS

WITHOUTABOX

LARGEST FILM FESTIVAL SUBMISSION PLATFORM
This is the grand daddy of film festival submission platforms. Sundance, TIFF, SIFF and other world renowned festivals use Withoutabox as their first source to discover talented indie filmmakers. In fact, over half of the festivals on Withoutabox have celebrated 10+ years on the circuit. Each festival on Withoutabox is vetted for filmmaker value prior to going live for submissions.

FILM FREEWAY

EASIEST WAY TO SUBMIT TO FILM FESTIVALS
If you can't find the festival you are looking for above then, they are of Film Freeway. Over 5,000 of the world’s best film festivals and contests, including 43 Academy Award accredited festivals, use FilmFreeway to reach over 400,000 filmmakers and artists worldwide.

FILM FESTIVAL HACKS PODCAST

FREE RESOURCE TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE THE FESTIVAL WORLD
Film Festival Hacks Podcast pulls back the curtain on the mysterious world of film festivals and explores the festival circuit from both sides of the badge. I'm joined by Chris Holland, author of Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers who has worked closely with more than 200 film festivals including Sundance, AFI Fest, and SXSW. Together we explore the hidden world of film festival programming and pass along tips that give you that critical edge in the festival submissions game.

CROWDFUNDING

SEED AND SPARK

75% SUCCESS RATE CROWDFUNDING FILMS
100% focused on getting your movie or show made. And your next one and your next one. Seed&Spark’s filmmaker-focused features help you raise the funds and build the audience to take your creative career to the next level. They also have a streaming service that focuses completely on Indie FIlms.

INDIEGOGO

CROWDFUNDING PLATFORM
Raise money for your indie film and find your audience from our community of millions. Indiegogo is one of the largest crowdfunding platforms for filmmakers around. I've used them in the past and they have a very large customer based which has funded many films.

DISTRIBUTION PLATFORMS

DISTRIBBER

SELF DISTRIBUTE YOUR FEATURE OR SHORT FILM & KEEP 100% OF THE PROFITS
Distribber is an aggregator for iTunes, Hulu, Amazon, VuDu, Netflix, GooglePlay, Cable VOD and many more. As an aggregator, they work to receive, repair, conform, package, and deliver your film to the outlets you have chosen.  Once your film is packaged, Distribber will deliver all assets into our partner portals to go live. Filmmakers have complete control over release dates, updates, removals, the list goes on. I self-distributed my film This is Meg through Distribber and they were amazing to work with.

INDIEFLIX

INDIE FILM NETFLIX PLATFORM
IndieFlix is an on-line streaming service that focuses on independent film, television, web series and short films. The company has been around since 2005 and has survived three technology changes in the distribution space. What makes IndieFlix unique in the indie film distribution space is that they pay by minutes watched. You heard me correctly, filmmakers get paid for every minute people watch their content. Also, the filmmaker keeps 70% of the cash!

VIMEO PRO

MAKE MORE MONEY FROM YOUR VIDOES BY SELLING DIRECTLY TO YOUR FANS
Take home 90% of the revenue after transaction costs. Choose rent, buy, or subscription, and set your own price. Sell worldwide on tons of devices or choose distribution regions. Vimeo On-Demand is great. If you have international customers this is the way to go.

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