The "Everything" Topic - Filmmaking Tutorials, Resources, Etc.

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  1. DVeditor Manager Emeritus

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    ====================================MASTER INDEX====================================

    [your username here] - Welcome to TFN! :D

    This is a compilation of the latest and greatest links, programs, tutorials, resources, and just about anything else that's helpful in the process of making your fanfilm. I like to call this the "everything" sticky because there are literally links to just about everything in here! Feel free to add your own links and suggestions to the mix - just please keep the discussion of programs and such to their respective topics.

    Note that this is NOT a sticky about forum rules and behavior; we have other fine posts on that subject, and encourage you to check them out at your leisure.

    This thread is broken down into several sections:

    FREE RESOURCES (Non-Software)

    Please note that some index links will take you to another thread while others take you directly to a web resource. If a thread page is opened, use your browser's scroll bar to scroll to the highlighted topic.

    Older versions of this topic were done by AdamBertocci, PadawanNick, and DaftMaul. Special thanks to Tech_Krill and FigChrystie for compiling the free software links.

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    FREE RESOURCES (Non-Software)


    Dependent Films
    Awesome place for call sheets, storyboard templates, etc.

    Production Tools Suite 1.0
    Great collection of templates, forms, proposals, and much more from our very own SilverFox.

    Invoices, warning screens, you name it and this place has it.

    Scripting program that works with Microsoft Word.
    Good resource filled with lots of information on style, shots, and just about anything else about scriptwriting.


    Looking to spoof a comercial? How about making a Quake title screen? If you've seen it, chances are the font might be here!

    More great free fonts!

    This link will take you to a collection of Star Wars fonts. (Many of these used in the tutorials hosted by TFN.)


    FanFilms Cast and Crew Database
    Hosting Pool
    Internet Publishing of your work
    Web Hosting Options
    Video Codecs


    TheForce.Net Image Archive
    Star Wars Pictures and Backgrounds
    Lightsaber images without the glow provided by morpher-2005. You can use these for rotoscoping practice! (mirror link)


    TFN Database
    Connect with composers (or any other film-artist) in your area.

    Awesome place to find music for your film/project. Be sure to check this one out!

    The Art of Film Scoring
    General discussion on experiences, resources and technique.

    Freeplay Music
    Great site with a lot of free music.

    One of Asoulan's threads
    Night music and more.

    Damn Yankee Media
    Asoulan's orchestral music download page.

    Orchestral composer.

    Orchestral and Celtic fiddle.


    More Music Download Resources:


    Wiki Film School is a great collection of terms and resources - check it out!

    Star Wars Name Creator 1.00 - Create your own random SW names


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    Basic Ideas




    Studio Access in Your Community

    Audio Recording

    Acoustic Foam

    Elastic Microphone Shock Mount How-To & Follow-Up Article

    Building a Bluescreen

    Bluescreen: Build your own

    Bluescreen: How does it work?

    Dolly/Jib/Crane Instructions

    Do-it-yourself Stabilizer for the XL-1 by Chris Santucci

    How to make a Camera Dolly by

    Hello Dolly! by
    (A 2x4 dolly that will turn on a 16' radius circle)

    Home Made Dolly How-To by David S. Dawson
    (A 2x4 dolly that will turn on a 16' radius circle)

    Camera Dolly with Chair by

    Jib Arm by

    Lightsaber Handles


    How to build your own vacuum forming table (plus this smaller version)

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    (NOTE: Free software is highlighted in yellow.)

    If you have a video camera there are ways to make an entire movie using nothing but freeware so be sure to take a look at the highlighted programs. Don't be afraid to check out the programs that cost money though, as generally they will help you achieve a much more professional result.

    I want a Freeware Utility to ... 450+ common problems solved.
    Awesome resource - check it out!

    Copying Software

    Finding Cheap Software

    Freeware - The Cheapskate Filmmaker's Dream

    Free Audio/Video/3D/Web/etc. Software

    Free Software of All Types

    Yet More Free Software of All Types!

    Another Great Site for Free Software!

    For a change of pace, Even More Free Software!

    And Another Site With Even More!

    Great Free Software for Your Audio Needs

    All Sorts of Good Stuff
    Can't find what you're looking for? Check this page out!



    Acid XPress
    Loops-based program with FX, sampling, recording, film dubbing, etc. Check this puppy out for your musical composition needs. Loops are all over the 'net.

    Adobe Audition
    Another great program by Adobe - this one is a great package for all your audio editing needs.

    A great audio editing/effects program - this is extremely powerful for a free application!

    Shareware program, but works near-fully-featured for up to 150 commands (then you must save it, close it, and reopen it to keep working). But it's worth it!

    Once again Apple comes through with a great piece of software - this program gives the music buffs out there amazing control over the creation of their masterpiece.

    PlayerPRO is both complete music editing software and a SoundTracker player. You can use it with any Mac, without any specific hardware.

    Pro Tools Free
    Here's the free version of the extremely well-known package Pro Tools. It's big brother has been used in sound studios and many more locations for years and is one of the standards in the business.

    Sound Forge
    This program gives you extreme control over tiny adjustments in the world of sound editing. There's very little you can't do to your audio with this application.

    This program is a great all-around audio editing/creation application for Mac that uses a gigantic expandable library of sound loops to fit your needs.

    WMA-MP3-WAV Converter
    Has a free version and was recommended by forum user.


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    TFN FanFilm Tutorials
    This is the "home base" for a ton of the finest Star Wars tutorials around. Bookmark this one and refer to it often!

    Extracting Sounds from Video Games

    Recording Environment


    The Gnomon Workshop
    This is an excellent resource for training materials and instructional DVD's.

    General Filmmaking

    Guide to Star Wars Filmmaking
    by Skyler "Jace Taran" Hall

    The Incomplete Idiots Guide To Acting

    Books - a Filmmaker's Reading Guide

    The Art of Fight Choreography

    Health and Saftey on film sets/location. IMPORTANT!
    Tutorials (some video, some written) on Blender, After Effects, Photoshop, Movie Planner, and Adobe Audition by artofwot.


    Star Wars Fan Film Script Writing
    by Nathan Butler of Prelude To Hope

    How To Write A Short Star Wars Fan Film
    Andrew Slater sent us a tutorial that has suggestions of how to go about writing a Star Wars Fan Film script.

    Star Wars Fan Films for Dummies!
    Brian Trenor wrote an informative tutorial on getting started on your fanfilm.

    The Art of Storytelling

    Fan Fiction Resource
    A great all-around resource to use for your writing needs. The knowledge is geared towards FanFiction (obviously) but there is a lot of great stuff in here!

    Character Naming / Name Generator


    Production Tutorial
    Chris Fergo sent us a tutorial that has many useful tips on the production phase of film making.

    Location sound -The Basics and Beyond
    This is a very detailed article about all of the steps involved to make professional quality sound recordings on location. It has lots of information for beginners who just started with audio and it has some good advice on what equipment to buy. Very recommended.

    Great audio on location
    Not as detailed as the other article but shares some nice tricks not covered in the previous.

    Choreography of Lightsaber Battles
    This tutorial has suggestions/tips and comments about Lightsaber Battle Choreography. The topic was
    initially started by Tumblemonster with a reply from LoganSaj.

    Choreography Tips/Techniques

    Thoughts On Staged Lightsaber Combat
    Michael Haspil (Rogue428) has compiled a fantastic reference for executing convincing lightsaber duels. Using instructions, drawings, and video clips he outlines each of the basic techniques and how to combine and coun
  7. DarthSapient Jedi Youngling

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    Adam edit: None of us mere Managers and Moderators have the ability to delete a post made by an Administrator, so, um, here's this nice post from Sape that used to contain a Mod Squad note of some sort. We now return you to your regularly scheduled filmmaking resource thread.
  8. DVeditor Manager Emeritus

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  9. MastaKris Jedi Youngling

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    DV, you never cease to amaze! I thank you for all your dedication and hard work! And I'm sure I speak on everyone's behalf.
  10. DMPjedi Jedi Padawan

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    And the epic resource hits TFN! Hey...hey...hey guess what? I was sortof a beta tester for this whole list. I feel special.

    Awesome first sticky DV :D
  11. Shadow_of_Evil Jedi Youngling

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    Sucked in everyone! I saw this ages ago when I proof read it!
    Who wants to touch me?

    Anyhoo, that just kicks ass DV.
  12. krnbanguboi Jedi Padawan

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    Finally working Tutorial links.
  13. danielhilsden Jedi Youngling

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    I really hope people don't miss the 'Everything' part of this sticky...have a look people, good stuff.

  14. 1337mik3 Jedi Master

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    Awesome, I love it. Lets just hope people will read this before they post like they are supposed to.
  15. Krintar Jedi Padawan

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    "Lets just hope people will read this before they post like they are supposed to."
  16. krnbanguboi Jedi Padawan

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  17. raziel2004 Jedi Master

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    :eek: WOW !

    Great work DV! This is awesome.Working links and tons of tuts.Maybe the n00bs will see the BIG "Everything" at the top of the thread.

    This is great.Keep it up.[face_peace]
  18. DMPjedi Jedi Padawan

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    I want to re-record my laser tutorial. Some day...some day...
  19. Padawan_John Jedi Padawan

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    Don't forget Random Sabers for your cheaper-than-ParkSabers hilt needs.

  20. DVeditor Manager Emeritus

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    Thanks for the feedback everyone. John I added your link to the pile - if anyone else has links to suggest please feel free to send me a PM or drop them in here. :)
  21. G-Unit Jedi Padawan

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    WOW that is an impressive collection of information. Well Done DV!
  22. DoranNu Jedi Master

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    This stuff is ALREADY helping. Thanks DV!
  23. krnbanguboi Jedi Padawan

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  24. SuprSpy79 Jedi Youngling

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    Any place with free stock footage like flybys etc?
  25. DVeditor Manager Emeritus

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    Good question - there are a lot of places that offer stock footage services however it's hard to find good quality shots for little or nothing. Here's what I was able to find with some quick searching...

    Free (or with free offers inside)


    Hope that helps! :D
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