Filmmaking Resources

A collection of useful learning resources for filmmaking and storytelling.



Download this a super useful Making a Difference Guidebook we put together – it covers story, camera and editing. Even if you think you know it all, give this a read and you could be surprised at what you learn.




– Seven Basic Plots
Script Writing

Great TED talks to advance your learning:
How Great Leaders Inspire Action // Simon Sinek
Making Movies That Matter // Jeff Skoll
If I Should Have a Daughter // Sarah Kaye
The Power of Vulnerability // Brene Brown


DIY Filmmaking

– Vimeo Video School 101: a simple guide to making a film form choosing your camera to editing. Includes guides for iMovie and Movie Maker. Perfect for people with simple cameras.
– awesome site for DIY filmmakers and creatives!
– online tutorials for just about any creative software!
– A Guide to DSLR Filmmaking // Kurt Lancaster
– An Easy DSLR Audio Setup for a Crew of One



Having the rights to music and sound used in your films is very important. If you don’t have the rights to use it, you wan’t be able to enter competitions, festivals or share it with the world. Here are some links with more information.

Creative Commons Advice: Legal music for videos.
Think Sync Music: Using music in films: A guide
School Video News: Copyright issues when using music in videos.

Royalty-free music sites:
Jamendo: Rights-free music (most music is copyright protected – here they offer a range of creative commons licenses)
Find Sounds: Pretty much a one-stop shop for anything you need. Narrow your search down with keywords and quality – suggest you choose 16-bit and at least 41000 Hz minimum for media projects.
Free Play Music: Good for soundtrack music stuff, can search by mood, instrument or type of music. Also has a sound effect selection.
Free Music Archive: An interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads.
Creative Commons: Offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations, including music with certain copyrights.

Don’t forget, you can always get in touch with a musician as ask them for the right to use their music. Be sure to use a Release Form. Also, a simple google search for Royalty Free Music might help you find new sites. Be sure to read the small print for hidden costs, and see if you need to credit the musician/creator.

You can also use software like Apple’s GarageBand to make your own tracks.