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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.

CREATE YOUR OWN NETFLIX

SELF DISTRIBUTE YOUR FEATURES, SHORTS OR VIDEO CONTENT
Want to create your own Netflix? Uscreen.tv offers the leading all-in-one platform for video distribution—and they don’t charge commissions. Uscreen.tv makes it easy for you to build a beautiful video on demand service without a steep learning curve or any coding knowledge. This is the future of video content distribution.

DEVELOPMENT

BULLETPROOF SCRIPT COVERAGE

GET YOUR SCREENPLAYS READ BY INDUSTRY PROS WHO WILL GIVE YOU CONSTRUCTIVE NOTES
You only get one shot to impress an agent or producer. Make it count. Our script coverage focuses on the kind of screenplay you wrote. Whether your script is written for a Micro-Budget, the Indie Film Market, of the Studio System we have you covered. Why have a reader used to covering Studio Tent-pole scripts cover your Micro-budget screenplay? GET PROFESSIONAL SCRIPT COVERAGE THAT ACTUALLY MATTERS TO YOUR SCREENPLAY!

ARC STUDIO PRO

#1 DISTRACTION-FREE SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE
Arc Studio goes beyond industry standard formatting: distraction-free writing, creative story-building, stress-free collaboration. Automatic backups to your device and to the cloud: never lose work again! Automatic revision-tracking: deleted some text that you want back? We kept it for you. The cloud done right: work offline or online seamlessly, and access your script from multiple devices.

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!

INKTIP

LOOKING FOR SCREENPLAYS TO PRODUCE?
Are you looking for scripts? Do you have some of your own? Whether you're a writer or a producer, InkTip is the place for independent filmmaking. Nearly 400 movies have been made from scripts and writers found on our site. Find out how you can make InkTip work for your future productions.

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.

theOFFICE

A QUIET PLACE FOR SCREENWRITERS
If you live in Los Angeles this is a must. theOFFICE is a quiet, communal workspace for writers and other creatives. We are one of the nation’s premiere coworking spaces fostering creativity and productivity in a zen, distraction-free environment for over 14 years. Our roster consists of working screenwriters, authors, journalists, designers and others. We have no conference rooms. No phone calls. No conversation. Just you, the keyboard and a room of like-minded individuals serious about getting the work done.

PRE-PRODUCTION

ASSEMBLE

PROJECT MANAGEMENT WORKFLOW SOFTWARE
Assemble is the most seamless film production management platform I have ever seen. It continues to evolve and create more efficiencies for video production teams. If you are making a feature, short, series or any video production I recommend Assemble.

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

ATHOS INSURANCE

PRODUCTION, E&O AND EQUIPMENT INSURANCE FOR FILMMAKERS
InsureEntertainment is Athos Insurance Services’ online platform for specialty programs. Clients can quote, purchase and service policies online, from anywhere, any time of day or night. Athos allows clients to choose their preferred level of customer service. Clients expecting immediate and self-guided results can utilize the Athos Insurance online platform to purchase and service policies at their convenience. For clients preferring a more personal touch, Athos Insurance professionals are always available, via phone and email to service our clients’ insurance needs.

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

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.
GET $10 OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER. CLICK THE LINK ABOVE.

ARTLIST - MUSIC LICENSING REIMAGINED

AMAZING SONGS AND MUSIC FOR YOUR FILM PROJECTS - ONE PRICE
Artlist is a music licensing platform for filmmakers worldwide. We offer an annual subscription for our customers to access and use our full catalog of original music. The flexible license, combined with a wide variety of high-quality music, makes Artlist an ideal solution not only for independent filmmakers who can’t afford to license multiple songs through other services but also for YouTube creators and corporate filmmakers who make commercial work in high volume.
IFH SPECIAL: SIGN UP AND GET TWO MONTHS FOR FREE.

ARTGRID - STOCK FOOTAGE FOR INDIE FILMS

TAKE YOUR PRODUCTION VALUE TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Artgrid is designed to bring creative freedom to filmmakers worldwide with unlimited story-driven stock footage from today’s top cinematographers. The catalog will include inspiring hand-picked footage and will offer a simple, worldwide license, which means you can use the footage just about anywhere. All the footage will be available professionally color graded, and to make it even better, Artgrid is offering a LOG/RAW option for top-tier subscribers. With just one license, you can use the footage freely without having to worry about additional fees or expiration. Artgrid’s Unlimited license is a truly unlimited experience.
IFH SPECIAL: SIGN UP AND GET TWO MONTHS FOR FREE.

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.

INDIE FILM VFX (VISUAL EFFECTS)

HIGH QUALITY & AFFORDABLE VFX FOR INDIE FILMS
If you are looking for high-end VFX for your independent film then give my main man Jeremy Wanek a call. Jeremy did all the visual effects on my last two features and he did such an amazing job I decide to give him a shout out here on the resources page and he is definitely a resource! Quick, affordable and quality work. He's the first phone call I make on any of my projects!

FILMPAC

4K MASTERFUL STOCK FOOTAGE FOR YOUR FILM PROJECTS
FILMPAC is a 4K stock footage resource for creatives that delivers high-quality video clips that are bundled in themes that make sense for use in video projects. Custom built for filmmakers by filmmakers. Check out their AMAZING Aerial Collections. These collections will add TON of production value to your film projects at a fraction of the costs.

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.

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.

MELODIE MUSIC

UNLIMITED MUSIC - SIMPLE LICENSING
Melodie's plan was to create a simple, intuitive music licensing platform that both delighted the world’s content creators whilst supporting those creating the music. We took a complex, restrictive music licensing model and made it simple. Providing content creators with easy access to great music, and increased opportunities and revenue for artists. Our purpose is to connect and inspire Melodie artists, content creators, and employees - growing a benevolent, diverse, and sustainable business.

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.

SINGULARITY SFX

SOUND EFFECTS PACKAGE
The must-have sound effects library for filmmakers. SINGULARITY includes 400 original sounds designed to help you create breathtakingly cinematic films. There are 400 original sound effects, professionally mastered, all in WAV format (1.2GB), compatible with any major editing platform, and royalty-free.
GET 25% OFF COUPON CODE: HUSTLE25

WEB DESIGN & MARKETING

KAJABI

THE ALL-IN-ONE PLATFORM FOR YOUR ONLINE BUSINESS
Kajabi is an all-in-one platform that makes it easy to create online courses, launch marketing campaigns, build landing pages, manage customers, capture email, and design the perfect website. I can not recommend Kajabi more highly. It will change the way you do business online...for the better.

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 & DISTRIBUTION

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM PREDATORY DISTRIBUTORS COMMUNITY

IF YOU ARE GOING TO SELL YOUR FILM JOIN THIS GROUP
This group was launched to help filmmakers affected by the film aggregators Distribber's bankruptcy. Thousands of filmmakers lost millions of dollars because of gross mismanagement by the people who ran that company. The group has evolved into a community of filmmakers who help each other with distribution questions, techniques, self-distribution blueprints, Filmtrepreneur case studies, the latest developments in distribution and much more. If you are a filmmaker who ever plans to sell your film, do yourself a favor and sign up for this FREE Facebook Group.

VOD CLICKTREAM

DISCOVER HOW STREAMING ACTUALLY WORKS
Our unique clickstream data allows us to analyse viewing patterns on Netflix between January 2016 and June 2019. This data has some powerful qualities and unusual limitations so be sure to check out the details here. This is wholly independent research. We’re not affiliated with Netflix or any other streaming platform or studio.

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. IFH has teamed up with Seed and Spark to give you a FREE 1:1 consultation with their crowdfunding specialists.

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.

AMAZON #1 BEST SELLERS

"Alex Ferrari’s Rise of the Filmtrepreneur is an absolute must-read for serious indie filmmakers seeking to build a sustainable living from making movies. This is a radical shift in the current thinking about how to make money as a creative and puts the power back into the hands of the filmmaker. It is an inspiration.”
- Chris Gore, Film Threat

WATCH A FREE 3 PART LOW-BUDGET FILM PRODUCING VIDEO SERIES

Taught by veteran award-winning film producer and author Suzanne Lyons. The filmmaker behind over a dozen profitable low-budget feature films.

WATCH A FREE 3 PART LOW-BUDGET FILM PRODUCING VIDEO SERIES

Taught by veteran award-winning film producer and author Suzanne Lyons. The filmmaker behind over a dozen profitable low-budget feature films.