We all need that bit of time to ourselves, spacing out with a browser and a coffee every morning before we can even think about being productive. We could spend that time procrastinating or thinking about subjects completely off topic, or we could check out these websites which are an essential tool for every filmmaker.
Prolost is a website run by filmmaker, photographer and write Stu Maschwitz. The blog is a fantastic all round resource, featuring up to date content, popular topic subjects and Stu's own ‘maschwikipedia’ which gives you some quite funny quirky tips and definitions you'll need in the media world.
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Probably the most useful tool on this website is the tutorials which feature various blogs and videos on editing video in multiple softwares. If you're an After Effects user, you should definitely check his blog regularly as he is always giving away cool templates and tips.
We particularly love this tutorial on Colour Grading in the new release of Magic Bullet Suite 12.1, check it out.
This website does exactly what it's name says. It provides you with a variety of information, articles, videos and tips that are hot right now in the film-making world. Some may say it's an obvious choice, but it's a must for detailed information on everything happening within the cinematic world.
Subscribe to receive all the info you need to stay in the loop. The website is even split up into film-making sections so you can find the content you want to read in an instant.
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Perfect for all the 'effects nerds' out there, this is a must in your daily browsing. Created by Mike Seymour, the blog provides an in-depth level of insight into modern effects driven film-making.
Search by the most recent podcasts or become part of the forum and chat effects with other filmmakers. Registration is free, but if you really want to go the extra mile, become a VIP member for the year for $49. By becoming a VIP, you'll receive exclusive content such as extended interviews and high resolution imagery.
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No Film School
If you want to keep up with the latest tips and tricks of the industry, No Film School is the place to go. It covers a vast range of topics from screenwriting & editing to marketing & awards. This website is great to self educate and can provide you with all the knowledge you need to understand film-making.
Also, use their boards to ask questions and discuss film-making with the professionals.
Indiewire is by far the largest blog covering independent cinema. It gives up to date information that the mainstream sites don't seem to talk about.
The website covers information on movies, awards, film-making, festivals, interviews and so much more. An asset many people find useful on Indiewire is their Filmmaking Toolkit which provides you with all the knowledge you need for filming.
So next time you're sat at your desk in the morning with your coffee pondering the day, check out one of these websites and inspire yourself to get film-making!
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