While working on our own productions, and even partnering with other video production companies, we meet crew with all levels of experience and get a lot of questions about learning resources. So we thought we’d put together a shareable list of some of our favorite resources for filmmakers.

No Film School

If you haven’t heard of No Film School yet, you’re missing out. It’s a community-based blog geared toward indie productions. Topics cover gear, technique, trends, contests, festivals, and more. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can post questions about pretty much anything on their community board.

Site: http://www.nofilmschool.com

Video Production Books

Our shelves are stacked full of video production and screenwriting books covering every topic from film budgeting to lighting and dialog. Here are some of our favorites:

  • The Foundations of Screenwriting, by Syd Field
  • Save the Cat, by Blake Snyder
  • Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting, by Robert Mckee
  • The Writer’s Journey, by Christopher Vogler
  • How NOT to Make a Short Film, by Roberta Marie Munroe
  • Film + Video Budgets, by Maureen A. Ryan

List Link: https://amzn.com/w/2EJUOHGQS1Z0H


You’ve probably seen their print mag, but their website is a goldmine for reading up on what’s happening in the film industry. If you have a subscription, there’s also a tool that lets you filter video productions happening by location. For example, you can see a list of films in pre-production stages for Vancouver, along with production company contact info so you can reach out about crew opportunities.

Site: http://variety.com/

Premium Beat

The site offers plenty of royalty free music resources and sound effects at affordable costs, but their blog is outstanding. They share a ton of free resources and post frequently on topics that really matter to filmmakers and sound designers.

Site: http://www.premiumbeat.com/

BlackMagic User Forums

Cinematography, color correcting in DaVinci Resolve, cine lenses, workflow tips, used equipment, rig hacks  – you name it. Even if you don’t shoot with Blackmagic Design cameras, you’ll find something here that’s useful.

Site: http://bmcuser.com/

Creative Cow

If you have a few minutes to spare, chances are pretty good that you can learn something new just by browsing the many blogs, forums, and tutorials at Creative Cow. After you get past the cluttered first impression of their site, you’ll find career advice and interviews with industry experts, like HBO’s Director of Workflow, or Gravity’s editor, Mark Sanger.

Site: http://www.nofilmschool.com

Want to work with our Chicago or Seattle video production teams?

Get in touch at (773) 609-1041 or email hello@leewayfilms.com. There are tons of video production resources out there, and I’m sure some of you have favorites of your own. Feel free to share your own in the comments below!