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