Sep 10 2009
If there’s one thing that every creative person hates, it’s paperwork. No writer likes to log his or her budget in a spreadsheet; no painter likes to record hours spent on a project. To artists, it’s all about creation; the rest is just a boring (though necessary) afterthought.
Filmmakers, like their other fellow artists, are also required to keep a mound of paperwork. Unfortunately, it’s often a lot more than the poet or concert pianist must keep.
Thankfully, there are resources out there that provide not only the know-how of such things, but also absolutely free copies of them to use.
Dependent Films is one such resource. In just one location, it lists just about everything you need to keep up with your paper pile, including the following:
Script Formatting: Don’t pay hundreds of dollars for fancy programs when you can get iScript, Scriptmaker and other programs for free.
Storyboard Tools: From widescreen to standard format to other variations, they’re all here for your convenience.
Logs, Equipment, and Other Forms: Call sheets, contact sheets, location scouting and release forms, editing logs, production reports, budget proposals… all of these forms and more can be downloaded and used for your own production.
Miscellaneous Forms: Sample materials, such as performer releases, compensation contracts, and script agreements, will come in handy if you’re not yet familiar with these. They will also help you look more professional and develop your skills. Film journal, budget, equipment list and other sheets will also help you keep organized.
Be sure to bookmark Dependent Films–you’ll definitely come back to it as you work on your filmmaking career.