A great all-around resource for industry updates, filmmaking tips, and information is No Film School, and also the Film Riot YouTube channel. For post-production tutorials and training, there’s Video Copilot, Adobe TV, and Creative Cow. Creative Cow also has a job board.
For on-set insight, there’s The Black and Blue, which is geared primarily towards camera crew, and Anonymous Production Assistant, geared towards – you guessed it – production assistants. That one also has a job board.
If you’re willing to pay for training, there’s Lynda.com. I’ve had the opportunity to take some Lynda courses through my job, and they are really great.
The thing we’re all after is jobs, and if you’re a freelancer, you’re always looking for the next gig. My favorite production job site is StaffMeUp.com, which is free to search and submit for jobs, or you can do a paid plan which gives you more features. I have the “Speed Plan” which allows you to write cover letters, set up work alerts, and access more job listings, and I think it’s worth the $9 a month.
Then let’s not forget about your state’s film office or film hotline. For gig opportunities and training events, I keep tabs on the Virginia Film Hotline and the Georgia Film Hotline. You can even sign up for emails from your film office’s listserve.
The debate rages on about whether or not it’s worth it to go to film school, whether for the practical training, the industry connections, or to develop your artistry. I personally found it worthwhile, but that’s not to say you can’t find a multitude of resources and training outside of school, on your own, and for free. I’m all about free.
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