October 5, 2012

What Are Your Favorite Filmmaking Sites? (Besides No Film School, Of Course)

We know we're not the only game in town when it comes to filmmaking websites -- far from it, actually -- as there are lots of sites out there that share tons of great content. The often informative Revision3 web show Film Riot (hosted by Ryan Connolly) has been featured on this site before, most notably with a tutorial for a DIY slider. Now Ryan takes a look at some of his favorite filmmaking websites in the video below.

Here are the links to his top 10 sites:

  1. Tom Guilmette
  2. Philip Bloom
  3. Vincent Laforet
  4. Shane Hurlbut
  5. Red Giant TV
  6. Video Copilot
  7. AEtuts
  8. Filmmaker IQ
  9. No Film School (If you click here you might get caught in an infinite loop...but not really)
  10. FXPHD

These are all really fantastic websites (not speaking for ourselves, obviously), and if you're a filmmaker, it would definitely benefit you to visit all of them every day (it's part of my daily routine). We do share stories from many of these sites, though not all of them by any stretch, so if you've got the time, and you're hungry for more film info and tutorials, I highly recommend visiting all of them as often as possible.

We already asked you guys and gals what you'd like to see in the next version of No Film School, and we're working hard to make many of those changes happen (like having more tutorials and video content, and a new design that will help facilitate more content and foster a better community atmosphere). Now we'd like to know, what are some of your favorite filmmaking sites? What are the links you can't live without, and you feel offer insightful pieces of information about filmmaking every single day? How about some sites that may not be directly related to filmmaking, but are inspiring to you creatively?

Feel free to post as many as you'd like in the comments.

Link: Film Riot

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reduser (besides the fanboy/jannard circlejerking threads, its a goldmine of information and one of the most active boards)
canonrumors/leicarumors/nikonrumors
abelcine blog/cine technica
asc magazine
filmthreat
keh.com for gear porn and purchasing stuffs

October 5, 2012

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john jeffreys

This thread from Scoop It is pretty amazing. It takes articles from all over and gathers them all into one thread.

http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-cinema-tools

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Rob Sholty

This is the best thing ever! Thanks man.

October 5, 2012

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Robert

This is absolute gold. Thanks dude!

October 6, 2012

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That's probably the best thread ever. Thanks so much!

October 6, 2012

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Will

I know two sites like that one, but it gives me mixed fillings.
Please, correct me if I'm wrong:
They get all the hits out of somebody else articles... yes I know, they post a link to the article's website.
But I've seen some of those sites posting the entire articles in their website... isn't that a bit unfair for the blog's writer that spent time researching and writing?

For the record, I' don't write/own a blog.
What do you think?

October 9, 2012

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Martin Calvi

Nofilmschool just keep on amazing me. You even tell me about other sites, just like this one.
Respect!

As I am less camera inclined and more fx and vfx postproduction I tend to check out greyscalegorilla.com for motion graphics stuff and cgsociety.org for more fx stuff.
And I follow stanwinston sites and gnomon school sites for educational stuff. zbrushcentral is one place that keeps on inspiring me.

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Dave

The Vimeo Video School isn't bad.

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I've been doing a lot of podcast listening lately in support of my continued education as a filmmaker. The first 4 links below are related to podcasts which I listen to as often as they are released. Of those listed above check out The RC podcast from FXGuide on digital cinematography.

http://onthepagepodcast.com/
Lot's of great screenwriting tips from Pilar Alessandra. Remember story comes before gear!
http://daredreamermag.com/
Ron Dawson shares a lot of great tips often related to the business side of independent video production. Often including aesthetic and personal elements common to smaller production companies.
http://www.artoftheguillotine.com/
Some great insider tips from the world of editing from this group of friendly Canadians. Be sure to search out the podcast.
http://digitalfilm.tv/
Carl Olson Chris Fenwick and planetMitch discuss the world of digital production. Lot on DSLR cameras and creativity.
http://cheesycam.com/
Lot's on gear including bargains and DIY projects. Sometimes I am inspired by gear.

I was originally only going to list 3 but the NoFilmSchool website has been so generous with valuable information, since I discovered it in late 2009, I feel I just have to share and share some more. If you are a little bit wonky and industrial check out Larry Jordan's Digital Production Buzz. Thanks!
http://about.me/michaelkleven

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Nice list, Mike. I'm a huge fan of The Digital Convergence Podcast as well.

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Another great podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/we-make-movies-podcasts/id561743628
It's called How We Make Movies - they interview filmmakers about how they got their projects made/funded/distributed. Good stuff.

October 17, 2012

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greyscalegorilla.com has some tutorials about filmaking as well, but it's mainly oriented on motion graphics...

Thanks a lot for sharing!

October 5, 2012

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Guys,
Probably THE most valuable resources for everyone out there from the great Roger Deakins himself : http://www.deakinsonline.com/forum2/
Seriously I am amazed that he spend his time to answer a bunch of questions on filmmaking, lighting, techniques and so...
CHECK THIS OUT !

Cheers.
Julien

October 5, 2012

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editmansweden.com

Interesting for behind the scenes and gear reviews from a solo shooter's point of view - and all in better English than most Anglo-American bloggers manage!

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Graham Kay

I absolutely love www.aotg.com they organize and share information for editors around the world. I find myself on the site constantly.

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Gordon

-John August blog
- Roger Deakins forum

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Marcus

The Black and Blue (http://www.theblackandblue.com) duh! :-P

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Evan

Ha, you do an awesome job on the that site! Each post usually forces me to learn something useful or laugh my ass off. Keep up the posts and keep up the pocket guides! Thanks!

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Julian

The NFS team is planning a raid on TB&B headquarters and kidnapping Evan. It's a surprise though, don't tell Evan.

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Ryan Koo
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Brb just heard a knock at my door. I wonder who it could be?

October 5, 2012

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Stay tuned for big things with the pocket guides...

October 5, 2012

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Evan i was going to name your site but you did ...
guys check black and blue, you ll find lots of cool stuff there
plus i like www.fubiz.net too !

October 6, 2012

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Some websites written by working pros that are very informative:
http://www.theblackandblue.com - Evan Luzi, camera asssitant's blog
http://www.johnaugust.com - well known screenwriter's blog
http:///www.rondexter.com - little known, but fantastic site packed with info from an inventive ASC cinematographer
http://trulyfreefilm.hopeforfilm.com - another fantastic blog from a truly legendary indie film producer

Also, the KCRW podcasts (http://www.kcrw.com/podcasts): The Treatment, The Business, and Martini Shot.

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Shenan

those kcrw podcasts are solid

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Jeff

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Oh and I can't leave out the podcast I edit every week! Be sure to check out That Post Show on iTunes! http://scruffythinking.com/

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I really like http://tshit.de/freshdailies because they have all the new stories from my favorite sites like nofilmschool, cinema5d, prolost, cheesycam etc. I can take one look and see what's new. I also like the scriptnotes podcast at johnaugust.com for screenwriting stuff.

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captainkirk

I'd add http://www.cinematography.com lots of great info and help if you're interested in cinematography, there are also tons of indie filmmaking forums around, but none of them stands out.

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Mohamed

Speaking of, I'd also include cinematography.net, aka CML.

October 13, 2012

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Daniel Mimura

This is amazing. I was just thinking to myself, 'I wonder what sites nofilmschool would recommend for browsing gear/cameras/knowhow.' and here is this post! I think this is a great site for information and look forward to hearing people's comments on their favorite sites. There is so much new technology being released and I love that people aren't afraid to educate their peers on what's new. Many Thanks! Keep up the good work.

October 8, 2012

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I highly recommend the FroKnowsPhoto website and RAWtalk podcast (both by Jared Polin). It's setup for photographers but touches a lot on shooting video and camera gear for DSLR video shooters an has helped me out a lot over the last year.

http://froknowsphoto.com/podcast/
http://www.youtube.com/user/jaredpolin?feature=results_main

October 8, 2012

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Mandy.com is handy for finding cast and crew.

October 8, 2012

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http://www.filmcourage.com is a great resource. Their youtube channel has a lot of filmmaker interviews about various DIY topics like crowdfunding pitch videos, online distribution, etc. I'm shocked more people don't know about them!

October 9, 2012

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I really like http://indykino.com, it's still in development but seems like a lot of potential

October 11, 2012

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Jack Coupland

I hope I'm not repeating any. Quite a few of my favorites were listed, but here is the rest.

oliviatech.com

http://photo.tutsplus.com

http://ae.tutsplus.com

makeingof.com

neumannfilms.net

cinema5d.com

videocopilot.net

October 11, 2012

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Videoscaper

3 useful blogs:
screenwriting tips: screenwritingtips.tumblr.com
movies analysed using blake snyder's(save the cat) method: mediajuicestudios.wordpress.com
film grabs from various films: filmgrab.wordpress.com/movies-a-z

October 11, 2012

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Burak Soysal

although they are mentioned, I believe these sites are woth mentioning several times
after effects tutorials: www.videocopilot.net
training resources & forum: www.creativecow.net
dv rebels's blog: prolost.com

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Burak Soysal

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filmmakermagazine.com

indiewire.com

October 12, 2012

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A good and very aptly named site:

http://crewofone.com/

October 15, 2012

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Doug

I like the website wemakemovies.org

It's a film collective in LA that offers free workshops and readings for writers, and they do live interviews and podcasts with industry guests. But they also have a ton of free informational resources in the same spirit of nofilmschool.com .

October 17, 2012

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December 9, 2013

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jay

I'm in love with Gentle Thug Productions! It's an indie film production company, and their blog is amazing!

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