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Books I read & recommend

All things filmmaking including directing, screenwriting, producing, etc:

David Mamet's Book, "On Directing Film" (film directing): https://filmmakerbyheart.com/on-directing (Hardcopy, other formats available!)

Blake Syner's, "Save the Cat" (screenwriting): https://filmmakerbyheart.com/save-the-cat (Hardcopy, kindle & other formats available!)

Syd Field's, "Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting": https://filmmakerbyheart.com/syd-field-screenplay (Hardcopy)

Maureen Ryan's, "Producer to Producer" (film producing): https://filmmakerbyheart.com/producer-to-producer (Kindle edition, other formats available!)

Robert Rodriguez's, "Rebel Without a Crew" (filmmaking): https://filmmakerbyheart.com/without-a-crew (Hardcopy)

Chris Jones', "Guerrilla Filmmakers Handbook" (guerrilla filmmaking): https://filmmakerbyheart.com/guerrilla-filmmakers (Hardcopy)

Note: As you can see, the reviews are what matter. Most of these recommendations are older books with some outdated terminology and methods. Still, the fundamentals and foundation of filmmaking remain intact, and we all need to learn from the foundation upwards. So, don't be put off by the publication date.

Links to online marketplaces to help with your film production needs 

Development:

Free: https://wonderunit.com/storyboarder/ (Storyboard platform to help you visualise your film)  

Funding, Grants, Business Plans:

https://www.filmdaily.tv/

https://www.filmproposals.com/

Crowdfunding Platforms: 

https://www.indiegogo.com/ 

https://www.kickstarter.com/

https://www.fundit.ie/ (An Irish Version, search for your own country’s crowdfunding platforms) 

Video Editing Software: 

Paid: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud.html (Locate Adobe Premiere Pro) 

Free: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/ (Amazing resource!)

Film Production Management:

Paid: https://www.ep.com/production-management/ (The OG of film production management, very expensive and need training to be able to use the software)

Free & Paid: https://www.studiobinder.com/ (All in one, production management platform) 

Free & Paid: https://www.celtx.com/index.html (Also includes scriptwriting)

Free & Paid: https://filmmakerbyheart.com/filmustage (Breakdown and Schedule your screenplay, up to 10 scenes for free)

No good free online options, that I am aware of, only word docs, spreadsheets, and hard copy foolscaps & cards! 

Stock Footage: 

https://filmmakerbyheart.com/artgrid (Paid)

https://www.storyblocks.com/video (Paid)

https://www.pexels.com/videos (Free)

There are many platforms, google them! Just read the terms and conditions first before using anything, anywhere!

Stock Music:

https://filmmakerbyheart.com/artlist (Paid)

https://www.storyblocks.com/audio (Paid)

https://www.bensound.com/ (Free & Paid)

YouTube Audio Library (Free)

There are many platforms, google them! Just read the terms and conditions first before using anything, anywhere!

Press Kits:

https://filmmakerbyheart.com/canva (Canva.com is essential for budget graphic design!)

Captioning, Subtitles:

https://filmmakerbyheart.com/rev

Aggregators (links to articles listing best aggregators as of 2021) (please do much research!):

https://www.wrapbook.com/blog/film-aggregators

Website Themes:

https://filmmakerbyheart.com/thrive (the best theme builder on the market, all my websites are built using thrive themes!)

Distributors:

https://www.filmproposals.com/indie-film-distributors.html

https://www.indierights.com/indiefilmdistribution/

https://filmhub.com/

Miscellaneous:

https://filmmakerbyheart.com/nord (Internet Protection)

https://filmmakerbyheart.com/4kdownload (Download any video from the internet! Get permission first)

Search for traditional film distributors too!

YOUTUBE CHANNELS TO WATCH & STUDY 

ANALYSIS:

SCREENWRITING: 

REVIEWS:

FUN / HUMOUROUS:

MISC:  

SCREENWRITING LINKS 

LINK TO SOME OF MY SCREENPLAYS:  

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Qa1e2LLGh_8SCMLPy-H02eD0m6za8GXQ?usp=sharing 

LINK TO A SAMPLE BEAT-SHEET: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TWisp1KIouNCj79Gpk_nLruUVoSr2dDIgdMkcZqZxt0/edit?usp=sharing 

SCREENPLAYS COURSES THAT I’VE COMPLETED:  

https://tinyurl.com/3wv8jcdj 

https://tinyurl.com/33pfu7v3 

https://www.storymastery.com/shop/full-series-bundle/heros-two-journeys/ 

(Not exhaustive!) 

SCREENPLAYS FROM TOP HOLLYWOOD PROFESSIONALS:  

https://thescriptlab.com/ (Sign up for a free version, access to a huge library!) 

https://www.simplyscripts.com/ (Includes treatments) 

https://bulletproofscreenwriting.tv/screenplay-downloads/  

There are a huge number of resources out there, these are just two fantastic resources to download screenplays! 

FREE SCREENWRITING YOUTUBE CHANNELS: 

Lessons from a screenplay: https://www.youtube.com/c/LessonsfromtheScreenplay 

Tools, Not Rules (Playlist): Tools Not Rules 

Bulletproof Screenwriting (Playlist): https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHw-MoPtkledJ9915YQTz1-qG2jLriEGb 

Again, there are many more to look at, but these are my favourites! Go search on YouTube if you want more! 

SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE: 

FREE 

https://www.scriptreaderpro.com/free-screenwriting-software/ 

PAID 

https://www.fadeinpro.com/ (What I own and use!) 

https://www.finaldraft.com/ 

Like everything else, there are many options, find what works for you. 

SCREENWRITING CONSULTANTS (COVERAGE): 

(All paid, not usually cheap!) 

https://www.wescreenplay.com/ 

https://indiefilmhustle.com/script-coverage-service/ 

https://www.scriptreaderpro.com/ 

ARTICLES ON BEAT-SHEETS, OUTLINES, TREATMENTS & SCRIPTMENTS: 

https://screencraft.org/2019/10/14/21-movie-treatments-and-outlines-that-every-screenwriter-should-read/ 

https://bang2write.com/2008/05/preparation-outlines-beat-sheets-treatments.html 

ARTICLES ON LOGLINES & SYNOPSES: 

Synopses 

https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/movie-synopsis/ 

https://www.scriptreaderpro.com/how-to-write-a-synopsis/ 

Logline 

https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/what-is-a-logline/ 

https://screencraft.org/2019/07/29/101-best-movie-loglines-screenwriters-can-learn-from/ 

SCREENPLAY REGISTRATION: 

Registering your screenplay: https://wgawregistry.org/ 

LINKS TO COURSES IN DIGITAL MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA ADVERTISING

Instagram Marketing & Advertising: https://tinyurl.com/5hajwp2m 

Facebook Ad Mastery: https://tinyurl.com/ypvz537z 

Complete Digital Marketing Training: https://tinyurl.com/5n6d3dyx 

Grants, Film Funds & Business Plans 

GRANTS:

https://www.filmdaily.tv/grants (An international platform for grants your film) (there are more options out there in the world, do your research!)

https://www.artscouncil.ie/home/ (An Irish Platform for artistic grants including film, each county in Ireland should have a film fund too)  

FILM FUNDS:  

https://www.screenireland.ie/ (An Irish Film Fund platform for funding your film project) (please research your own country for equivalents to this)

https://www.filmdaily.tv/funding (An international platform for film funds) (please do your own research on this matter for your own country and internationally!)

BUSINESS PLANS:  

https://www.filmdaily.tv/funding/film-business-plan (A great platform for creating professional business plans) (not the only resource out there for this service, do your research!)

Links to my crowdfunding campaigns

SINEATER (Post-Production / Distribution Funding) https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sineater-irish-short-film#/ 

CON (Post-Production / Distribution Funding) https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/con--4#/ 

JACOB WRESTLING WITH THE ANGEL (Production Funding) https://fundit.ie/project/jacob-wrestling-with-the-angel 


Copyright 

Register your script: https://wgawregistry.org/ 

Links for more information:

https://www.icla.ie/understanding-copyright

https://europa.eu/youreurope/business/running-business/intellectual-property/copyright/index_en.htm

https://www.copyright.gov/

https://www.gov.uk/copyright

Following your dreams is a lonely road, but the less travelled road is just that; we cannot all tread the same route. When you feel the pangs of despair or sadness, know that we are with you - all the others out there in the world - choosing to be who they were born to be! 


With love & respect - Bertie

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