Filmmaking Resources


If you’re inspired to make a film, but not sure where to start, here are some links you might find useful

Some basic steps to follow:
http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Good-Documentary-Film

This is great advice on filming for free!
http://www.kidinthefrontrow.com/2009/08/make-your-short-film-on-zero-budget.html

 

A couple of useful pages from the Film Connection

On directing…
http://www.filmconnection.com/reference-library/film-entrepreneurs/directing-a-short-film-0411

…and on working with scant resources
http://www.filmconnection.com/reference-library/film-entrepreneurs/short-film-no-budget

 

Here’s an overview of  film-making (there’s more detail here than you’re likely to need, but hey, it’s good to learn):
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Movie_Making_Manual

 

If you’re going to have a script and actors, read this:
http://www.ehow.com/how_4829825_direct-short-film.html

 

And for guides to some of the technical aspects, check out this set of film-making tutorials on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3AF9B2B010B69D0C

 

One of the best resources for beginners we’ve found is at the UK SciCast competition website. “Film School” covers much of what you’ll need – and their guidelines on using other people’s stuff are excellent.
http://scicast.org.uk/resources/film-school/

 

If you want to see what other people have done on similar projects, here are some award-winning films with a science bent (note: they are not necessarily as short as we are asking for – remember for this competion you are restricted to a maximum of three minutes):
http://imaginesciencefilms.com/festival/awards/
http://scienceandfilm.org/whatsnew/
http://www.goethe.de/ins/th/prj/wif/awa/enindex.htm
http://gonzolabs.org/dance/2011-videos/