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The tools you need to succeed at every level:-

Welcome to the Aspiring Filmmaker Resources section, a curated list of the tools, gear, websites, books, documentaries I strongly recommend for your filmmaking journey.

I have tested and used every recommendation on this page.  Many of these resources listed here are crucial to helping me delve my filmmaking journey and couldn’t do it without them.  Before digging into the awesome resources I know and trust, an important disclosure:

Some of the links are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies and products, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your filmmaking goals.

All the little commissions I make go directly in helping keeping this site going and helps create the posts and videos you see around the site. Let me know if you have any questions. Dean 🙂

Most recommended – the tools you need to succeed at every level of your filmmaking

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“A brilliant introduction to the art of editing. You need process to create and method to find clarity. This book shares the secrets that allow ideas to flow and magic to happen. Documentary editing is the best job in the world. Sam Billinge’s book helps you understand why.”
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In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated film editor Walter Murch’s vivid, multifaceted, thought — provoking essay on film editing. Starting with what might be the most basic editing question — Why do cuts work?
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“One of the most comprehensive and insightful how-to’s out there. Save the Cat! is a must-read for both the novice and the professional screenwriter.” – Todd Black, Producer, Hope Springs, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, Antwone Fisher “Want to know how to be a successful writer in Hollywood? The answers are here.
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Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos is the perfect text for students of filmmaking who would like to make a documentary. Barry Hampe, who has made more than 150 documentary films and videos, traces the two main approaches to documentary–recording behavior and re-creating past events–and shows students how to do both effectively.
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Midway through the filming of a documentary about his life as an anti war activist, Mayer Vishner declares that his time has passed and that his last political act will be to commit suicide— and he wants it all on camera. Now the director must decide whether to turn off his camera or use it to keep his friend alive.
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Every great Journey comes with a sacrifice. Watch as goats make their once-in-a-lifetime trek from their farmland lives in Tibet to their sacrificial deaths in Kathmandu during the Nepalese Dashain Festival. Purchase of the Deluxe Director’s & Goat’s Edition comes loaded with behind-the-scenes footage, director’s commentary, shorts, and deleted scenes.
 

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ULTRA HIGH is a feature length documentary film about the race to complete the 137-mile high altitude ultra marathon, crossing the two highest motorable passes in the world. Battled out by six ultra runners from around the globe, the race starts 50-miles outside of the city of Leh in the Himalayas of Northern India.
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“Brian Jenkins does a stunning job of connecting the struggle of the 1960’s civil rights movement with today’s struggle for all people to have the unfettered right to vote. Jenkin’s uncle, John Witeck, marched in Selma 51 years ago along Dr. Martin Luther King and 600 others, to let the world know that white privileged absolute power kept most African Americans from voting.
 

 

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A family in Nepal living on less than a dollar a day wins the globalization jackpot: a charity scholarship for their daughter to go to school in the capital city. She promises to return, to free her family from poverty.  
But she does not return. Drawing the Tiger is an intimate portrait of the price one family pays for their golden opportunity.

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Do you know those stories where a kid finds a hidden treasure map in an attic or a lost letter in an old book? Growing up, I always dreamed someday I’d find a mysterious clue that set me on an adventure.
In the remote southwest corner of Wyoming, I came across a curious historic marker. On the sign was a faded photograph: two handsome men and a fetching blonde.
 

 

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Walking the Camino is an up-close look at one of humanity’s most time-honored traditions. By following pilgrims from all walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind, we witness the Camino’s magnetic and miraculous power to change lives.
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-This site is dedicated to filmmaking enthusiasts of all levels looking for guidance.
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-All things filmmaking, editing, with tutorials and posts
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– The aim of The Documentary Life is to educate, inspire and motivate documentary filmmakers on realizing their dreams of making their own documentary films and to show people how they can lead their everyday lives best supporting their filmmaking goals
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– A resource dedicated to helping you become a documentary editor if you wanted too
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-After over 20 years  in the film business and watching countless of my fellow filmmakers get chewed up by the Hollywood machine !
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I created the Indie Film Hustle Podcast to help as many indie filmmakers as I could. I wanted to bring the best guests, industry leaders and film business friends to you, the IFH Tribe.

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The aim of The Documentary Life is to educate, inspire and motivate documentary filmmakers on realizing their dreams of making their own documentary films and to show people how they can lead their everyday lives best supporting their filmmaking goals.

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Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 software-Create compelling video content quickly with high-performance professional standard video production solution. Work dramatically faster thanks to the 64-bit, GPU-accelerated Mercury Playback Engine. Benefit from native support for the video formats you want.

Final Cut Studio X – Edit, animate, mix, grade, and deliver on a Mac with Final Cut Studio. It includes more than 100 powerful new features. Use new versions of the ProRes codec to edit at high quality with reduced file sizes in a wide variety of workflows.

 
 
 
 

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