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It might not be the first thing on your mind when producing content, but a quality music track can make a huge difference, and greatly improve the quality of the final piece. And who doesn’t love free stuff? That’s why we’re excited that Luke Neumann has brought back the Daily Freebie (not to be confused with his Weekly Freebie). Throughout the month of July, he’s giving away a Royalty Free music track every day, and they’ll be live only for the day they are released. Check out the first track below, as well as some other samples from Luke. More »
For independent filmmakers making non-profit films and student filmmakers working on projects, budgets can be non-existent and favors are called in left and right just to get the projects “in the can.” Inevitably, these filmmakers find themselves cutting their projects and realize they need to add music to their films, but they have nothing left in their tiny budgets. For those lucky few who happen to be amazing musicians themselves or who know really talented composers looking to showcase their work, this is not a problem. For the rest of these student and non-profit filmmakers, they now have a free, professional music resource: Moby. Yes, that Moby. More »
If you’ve been enjoying Luke Neumann’s weekly music freebies and the daily free music he released this past July, here’s a chance to add even more free tunes to your collection. This time the sonic goodness is coming from Josh Molen of The Tune Peddler. Each week in December he will be giving away his entire library of 130 pieces of royalty free music to a lucky winner. All it takes to enter is the click of a tweet button. Here are the details on entering, as well as streaming samples of some additional free Christmas music Molen is releasing: More »
Luke and the team at Neumann Films are trying to do us a favor. We in the production world aren’t used to getting much for free, and that’s because we don’t — but that doesn’t mean the things we do get for free have to be lacking in quality. If you missed Luke’s tremendous month of free music in July, don’t worry, there’s more professional-grade royalty-free totally costless music where that came from — available for download every single week. More »
Over at Creative Cow, Andrew Devis has been hard at work creating a slew of videos for his ongoing series of Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 tutorials. The videos cover a multitude of topics like the basic interface, using the various editing tools, transitions, effects, titles, and most recently color correction and grading. Here are some videos from the series to get you started: More »
Looking to add some new music to your filmmaking arsenal? Neumann Films is giving away a free music or sound element track every day for the month of July. All of the tracks being released in the Daily Freebie project are “100% Royalty Free and ready to use in any commercial/non commercial work as long as credit is given as follows (Luke Neumann – “Track Name Here”).” Here are a couple of samples of the music that has been released thus far: More »
Many aspiring screenwriters want Amazon Studios to be the key to being discovered — a company with billions of dollars and an open door policy that wants to find content in new ways to make movies. Much has been written here and elsewhere about why the initial version of Amazon Studios was not a good deal for emerging screenwriters and independent filmmakers. So it was welcome news when Amazon Studios revised its terms, shortened its free option window to 45 days on public submissions, agreed to pay $10,000 for options beyond the 45 days for up to 18 months, agreed to get back to writers about their submissions within 45 days, and created private submissions for writers that did not want to share their screenplays with the community or provide Amazon Studios with a free 45-day option. Under these revised rules, however, screenwriter Chip Street has found a major catch. More »
On Feb 1, 2008 Mark Cuban posted to his blog about a far-fetched, impossible-to-execute marketing concept that he desperately wanted film studios to adopt, in order to leverage the value of free giveaways to combat the crumbling theatrical marketplace. Digital was exploding, distribution was becoming a fractured nightmare, and studios were scrambling to adapt.
The idea was staggeringly simple: give away the film’s soundtrack for free. More »
I am way late with this, but better late than never — and better free than $500. Wes and Harry Plate, the father-son duo behind Automatic Duck, were recently hired by Adobe. Automatic Duck makes (made) the well-known plugins Pro Import AE, Pro Import FCP, and Pro Export FCP, which allow users to open Final Cut Pro projects in After Effects, as well as enabling some other interoperability. This move by Adobe seems as much to prevent the duo from updating their must-have plugins for Final Cut Pro X, as much as it is to help Adobe with their already admirable integration between Premiere Pro and After Effects, but as a result all of Automatic Duck’s existing plugins — which formery ran $500 apiece — are free. Said Wes and Harry: More »
PressPausePlay is a feature-length documentary on “hope, fear, and digital culture” that has been making the festival rounds for a while and is now available gratis on the internet. It’s highly recommended viewing at any price — you can buy it for $14.99 on iTunes or rent it for $3.99 on Amazon — but now you can also download it for free (in 1080p, no less) on the PressPausePlay site. There’s also a nifty Adobe AIR interactive version (also free) with interactive hotspots and links to full interviews. Here’s not just one but three relevant trailers: More »
This is a guest post by filmmaker/author Jon Reiss, whose brand new co-authored book Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul is 100% free (until the end of September) and 100% essential reading for filmmakers. Seriously: do not miss this book.
Two years ago I wrote a book Think Outside the Box Office which is a nuts and bolts guide to direct distribution and marketing for films that I wish I had when I released my feature Bomb It (about graffiti and street art all over the world). Last week marked the launch of Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul (SYFWSYS) a book that I wrote with Sheri Candler and The Film Collaborative – which is available for free digitally until October 1 and also available in paperback. SYFWSYS includes marketing and crowdfunding strategies, distribution spends, community building and detailed ancillary and digital distribution numbers for the following films: Ride The Divide, The Cosmonaut, The Best and The Brightest, Sita Sings the Blues, Note by Note, Bass Ackwards, Adventures of Power, American: The Bill Hicks Story, Undertow, For the Bible Tells Me So, and the webseries PioneerOne. What follows is an excerpt from one of my chapters in the book about the release of a film Ride the Divide. More »
I’ve been waiting for this one for quite some time, and after flipping through it quickly, it looks to be an absolutely essential read for filmmakers. I’m talking about the free eBook Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul, which is presented by Prescreen and is co-authored by full-service indie nonprofit The Film Collaborative, filmmaker and distribution guru Jon Reiss (I called his first book Think Outside the Box Office a “great gift for filmmakers“), and marketing strategist and social media expert Sheri Candler. It’s available in several eBook forms, including for iPhone, Kindle, Nook, and of course PDF. It’s free until October 1st. Go get it now. Or watch the trailer: More »
Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul is a free, awesome-looking eBook coming in September from some heavy-hitters in the indie film scene. The book is a series of case studies that “dive deep into the real numbers and real details of independent film distribution,” and will be released free in September during Independent Film Week here in New York — when I’ll be taking meetings about my first feature film, Man-child. You may have heard of it? I just launched a Kickstarter campaign and I’m counting on your support! How’s that for an example of selling my film without selling my soul?!? Check out the book’s video trailer: More »
Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve is a high-end color correction suite replete with an elaborate control surface designed for professional colorists. It costs $30,000. There’s also a $1,000 software-only version that runs on Mac and Linux. And now there’s a free Mac version that retains many of the key features of its paid brethren. Here’s a demo of the color correction and impressive tracking features of Resolve in action: More »
Video tutorial site video2brain has published a free tutorial on optimizing your PC/Mac system for running After Effects and Premiere Pro CS5.5 (currently 50% off as part of Production Premium). Click on the image for the full 14-part video tutorial: More »
I’m not the only one offering a free 100-page eBook with the goal in mind of helping other indie filmmakers. Jason Brubaker, who created the MovieMaker Action Pack, has just published a free 100+ page eBook entitled The Modern MovieMaking Movement. While his paid offering looks to have a number of informative multimedia resources, this eBook is completely free, with no hard sells attached. The book includes interviews with a number of folks featured on this site in the past, including the following: More »
Open Culture has posted a list of 200 movies that are available to watch in full, online, for free. Alongside their list they also provide a compendium of web sites that offer free movies; definitely worth checking out in this, the winter of our hardships. Here are some picks from the list: More »
The best live show I’ve ever seen was Radiohead performing at All Points West just outside NYC here in 2008 (though this recent Flaming Lips show was pretty incredible too). Radiohead’s 25-song, two-encore set sounded amazing, the weather was great, and, well… it was Radiohead. I bring this up because the band, who famously self-released In Rainbows with a “pay what you want” model to great success, has just lent their music to a crowdsourced Czech concert film made up of 50 different amateur camera angles. Radiohead has much greater ownership of their music than most bands (they left their former label EMI because they wanted rights to the master recordings), and with ownership comes the ability to do something like this — just because they want to. In fact, this fan-filmed show — which has the same backdrop and a similar setlist to the show I witnessed — is their first concert film since 1995. And not only is it free, but the highest quality version is available not through iTunes or Amazon, but BitTorrent. More »
Your Mac may make you look more like a designer or filmmaker, but beyond the basic functions of iLife, how do you write screenplays, record audio, develop websites, convert video and all the other productive stuff you bought a Mac for? What if you spent all your money on the hardware and don’t have any cash left for software? Luckily, there are plenty of creative applications available for the Mac for the price of free-99. Here are twelve apps worth a lot more than their price tag suggests. More »
UPDATE: It seems I was wrong, but not before others picked up on this idea. As it turns out, the Google Nexus One isn’t nearly as disruptive as a VOIP-driven, ad-supported device could be. I still maintain that the below is possible, and hopefully we’ll see it one day soon.
This isn’t specific to film, but considering mobile devices today are much more than just phones — they’re connected computers that serve as our digital, personal assistants — this has bearing on how all of us will be interacting with each other (and content) in the future. So I thought I’d throw around some unqualified and totally speculative speculation about What’s Next when it comes to mobile platforms. More »