Simply Scripts – Free Movie Scripts and Screenplays

If you want to write a script, one of the most valuable things you can do is to read other scripts. Read lots of different scripts, and study them to see what you like, what you dislike, and makes them tick.

The trouble is, scripts can often be hard (or expensive) to come by. So I was impressed to find Simply Scripts – Free Movie Scripts and Screenplays. A web site all about scripts and scriptwriting, with a huge collection of scripts and transcripts to choose from.

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DV Handbook

I just stumbled upon an excellent (ang growing) collection of articles about DV movie making. Their particular focus seems to be on making documentaries, but they cover everything from deep theory (“the five elements of documentary”, “notes on DV story structure”) to the immensely practical (” Five Things to put in Front of Light to make a great DV Video”, “Shooting with Computer/TV monitors in the shot”, “Organizing your raw Documentary footage”).

They also offer an email newsletter, which I have just suscribed to, but no RSS as far as I can tell.

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Find the “golden hour” for the best pictures

I’ve often thought that the best (and cheapest) lighting rig is the sun. One of the best ways to get the best from solar lighting is to shoot in the “golden hour” (the hour before sunset, and the hour after dawn).

But sometimes it can be tricky to work out just when that “golden hour” will be. To your rescue comes the Photographic Golden Hour Calculator from Garage Glamour.

Enter your location, and the date of your shoot, and it will tell you the times of sunrise and sunset.

Stockstock Film Festival

Fancy putting together a short movie for a film festival but don’t want to go out and shoot any footage? Then “stockstock” may be for you. The idea is that you register for the festival and recieve a tape of mixed and various public archive footage. Then you edit it together in any way you like and adding titles, audio etc. The only restrictions are that you can not use any other footage, and that you can only enter up to 3 minutes of final production.

It sounds like a great idea and the $20 entrance fee seems reasonable. My only disappointment is that they only seem able to supply the footage as an NTSC miniDV tape. Those of us who use other systems such as PAL or SECAM, or who don’t have access to a miniDV player might find themselves stuck.

I wonder if anyone would be willing to offer a service redistributing the material on some other media.

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