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The Ultimate Filmmaker's FAQ 5! Articles/Links/Tutorials!

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Welcome to the ULTIMATE FAQ 5!

It’s been a long time coming, but I hope it’s been worth the wait – I’ve tried to gather the wealth of information from the whole of the FXhome forums into this single thread, to make the forums less cluttered and (hopefully) make it easier for you to find the information you want. The navigation system is the same as last time - the list of contents is below, and clicking on the section you want will open a new window with the information you want.

Where you see the "" sign, the links are of ultra-high quality!

If you’ve got any more links that you think need including, add a post at the end of this thread, and I’ll add it to the relevant section.

Major thanks to Hajiku_Flip for creating the Ufaq3, on which these updates have been based. Also thanks to Melliflous for his large contribution of links, and to anyone else who’s provided info for the following. Also thanks to Sollthar for image hosting!

So, here you go! The Ultimate FAQ 5!


Chroma Keying (Blue Screening)
Costumes/Props
Effects
Sound/Music
Script Writing
Compressing/Converting
Misc
Building your Own Dolly's/Steady Cams
3D
Mic's and other Audio Equipment
Photoshop Tutorials
Illustrator Tutorials
3D Studio Max Tutorials
Macromedia Flash
Paint Shop Pro Tutorials
Lightwave
After Effects
Fonts
Web Design
Useful FXHome Links
NLE Tutorials
Cinema 4D links
Reccomended Links for Film-makers - courtesy of Mellifluous
Webhosting Links - Thanks to Mellifluous
Guide to Stock Footage - courtesy of Sniped



(Click the links to open the articles in a new window)
Article:Oeyvind's Guide to Free Software NEW! - Thanks to Oeyvind
Article:Sollthar’s Film-making Guide NEW! - Thanks to Sollthar
Article: Camera FAQ
Article: Lighting FAQ
Article: Recording S/FX FAQ
Article: Software FAQ
Article: 10 Big Copyright Myths Explained
Article: Professional Logo Design
Article: Movie and music copyright for British filmmakers

As allways, if you find a dead link, or have something you think should be included, either post at the end of this thread or PM me.

I hope this helps smile

Cheers,
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  1. CompositeLab - All the power of a full keying and compositing package for a remarkably affordable price. Available in DV and Pro versions.
  2. VisionLab HD – the ultimate post production toolkit, combining digital effects, grading and compositing all in one professional-grade package.
  3. Blue screen tutorial for MGI VideoWave II
  4. Article on Compositing.
  5. Article on choosing a blue or green screen.
  6. Chroma-Key.com - pro level chroma backdrops!
  7. Reflecmedia - A company selling a new technology that alows for better chroma footage
  8. Thumbs Up Link - How to Build a Bluescreen.
  9. Thumbs Up Link - How to Build a $16 Portable Greenscreen


NEW! -
CompositeLab and VisionLab Video Tutorials:

Old Chromanator Tutorials:
Though these tutorials are for now superseded software, the same basic principles still apply, and can be easily transferred to the new Lab range
--- Using Chromantor presets.
--- Greenscreen Keying.
--- Setting Up A Greenscreen.
--- Animation and Tweening.
--- How to create Artifical Movement and Artificial camera shake.
--- Using the key grade tools.
--- Intro to garbage mattes.
--- Simple cloning using split Screening.
--- Shooting split screen footage.
--- Tidying a composite with garbage mattes.
--- Fixing poor green screens.
--- An intro to masking.
--- Creating depth and Artificial Depth-of-Field.
--- Compositing light based effects.
--- Adding Lighting Enhancements.
--- Adding Soft Focus and ‘Elfglow‘.
--- Adding shadows.
--- How to disguise faces.
--- Using split fields for slo-mo.
--- Creating the TRON glow effect.
--- Creating a Hologram effect.
--- Adding ’Ghost Trails’.

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  1. How to make lightsaber handles
  2. Obi Wan Replica Costumes
  3. How to make star wars costumes and weapons
  4. Replica knives, swords, etc..
  5. Great, reliable site selling prosthetics
  6. Metalic texturing tutorial
  7. Blademaster's Wholesale Knives
  8. By The Sword replicas
  9. Nightmare Factory - Costumes and Props
  10. Cardboard Kitana 101 - a tutorial for on how to make swords from just cardboard and dowel
  11. Thumbs Up Link - BLANK and NON-FIRING gun reproductions, swords, knives, and accessories
  12. Thumbs Up Link - They sell guns, knives, the whole shabang
  13. Thumbs Up Link - Alot of great movie-inspired child/adult costumes for your fan films.
  14. Thumbs Up Link - Tons of cheap, plastic toy guns. Wide variety and great for props.
  15. Thumbs Up Link - My own Saber Hilt tutorial
  16. Thumbs Up Link - LOTR Costume Tutorials



Originally written by er-no

In America:


WholeSale replicas.
Airsoft, Slingshot and BB.
Realistic...toy...guns..
Model Emart. -Recommended by fxhome member
A great selection. Fairly priced.
Fantastic American Amazon outlet.
Cheaper than Dirt Airsoft


In the UK:

Cheap to Hire Replica Guns for Filming
Replica's from famous films.
Expensive but oh so beautiful.
An Airsoft Armoury
Mark1 BB guns
Model Guns.co.uk
Model Gun Collector


- If you'd like to loan some guns and rifles from me I have quite a few for the purpose of filming. Just send me an email smile


Other Countries
Norway – Wasteland Webstore

Hopefully these above links will reduce the amount of new topics we get asking where to get replicas from. I've chosen the sites from the UK and America that I've heard are very good.


ADVICE FOR FILMING:

If using replica firearms in a public or even private place, let the police know in advance (the local police of that area).
Also, take further precautions and if filming in a rural area let local members of the public know - if say filming in a village - post a letter through peoples letterbox in advance of filming stating what and when you are filming with these replicas - it's usually the public that inform the police.

Try and cancel out as much of the negative as possible.

You should be alrite if you have done all you can to make people aware of your whereabouts and filming.

Thanks to MailMan for the following information. Please read if your from the UK:


To have a replica gun in a public place is ILLEGAL in the UK, and Police do not turn a blind eye towards it. It does carry a jail sentence (and quite rightly too). I can't echo the words said earlier enough - tell your local police what you're doing, when and what with.

Even better places to buy Airsoft guns (in the UK):

http://www.airsoftscotland.com/
http://www.zerooneairsoft.co.uk/

I can't recommend those place highly enough for new guns.

If you're interested in buying secondhand, then check out the Airsoft Community forums and the United Kingdom Airsoft Network forums which can bothe be found through http://www.ukasc.net/


________________________
Hope this helps.
Joby

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  1. EffectsLab - The next evolution of special effects software! Available in DV and Pro versions.
  2. VisionLab HD - the ultimate post production toolkit, combining digital effects, grading and compositing all in one professional-grade package.
  3. Ryan W's homepage - Showcasing some very cool effects and tutorials.
  4. Eejit‘s guide for making fake blood
  5. How to make sugarglass
  6. Opening SW Crawl Tutorial
  7. Thumbs Up Link - My Own Tutorial on Star Wars Titles with WMM
  8. Thumbs Up Link - The Mighty Sollthar’s Tutorial on Bullet Time
  9. Thumbs Up Link - Blood & Bullets for No-Budget movies


EffectsLab Tutorials:

--- Creating a Basic Lightsword.
--- Creating an Authentic Lightsword.
--- Creating ILM Quality Lightswords. - thanks to Redhawksrymmer
--- Basic Muzzleflashes.
--- Automatic weapon Muzzleflashes.
--- Custom textures in PaintshopPro.
--- Creating realistic fire effects with particles. - thanks to Axeman
--- Optics: Lens Flares Introduction.
--- A more comprehensive list of all the Effects Lab Tutorials can be found here. – thanks to Axeman
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  1. More Sounds @ SoundDogs
  2. Gun Sounds
  3. Thumbs Up Link - Sounds search engine
  4. Thumbs Up Link - FXHome Official Sound Downloads.
  5. The FreeSound Project



Originally written by Mellifluous

http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/searchText.php?search= WOW

This site is bloody amazing...

I never thought it would be so interesting to listening to different sounds but listening to many on this site I felt inspired to use lots of them in different ways.

100s of music loops, trains, whip cracks, tapping on coke bottles, metal sword clashes, fire, rain...all sorts...& I mean all sorts, easily searchable under clickable categories. There are tons of different ambient sounds here too that could really give your movies some unique soundscapes. Use of them is free in commercial & uncommercial projects as long as the makers are credited. That's it. So go. Create.

More good sites where you can download sounds for
free:




Originally written by Lloyd66

Hello all. I have decided to create this list of music resources because music is one of the most important aspects of a movie, but can sometimes be the hardest. There are three lists, two of sites for downloading music, and one of sites for downloading loops that you can use to make your own music.

Important Note!!!
Please note that none of this music can be used for commercial purposes unless it says so on the site. Most of these links are to professional composers who have generously made their music available to download for personal listening only.

I hope this list is helpful to everyone. If you know of any other sites that would make a good addition to this list, PM me and I'll make sure to add it and give credit appropriately.


Music Composers



Communities and Other Sites

  • http://www.ocremix.org/ - A community of video game remixers.

  • http://acidplanet.com/ - Community of music makers. Lots of variety.

  • http://www.purevolume.com/ - Listing of independent bands, some signed, some not. (Special thanks to wdy for this link!)

  • http://www.soundclick.com/ - Independent artists

  • http://magnatune.com/ - They have an online license calculator that tells you immediately how much using a song is going to cost you. One of the options is noncommercial/school projects, which you have to email them about giving information about your project. If they agree, they'll supply you with an .mp3 FREE. I suggest being mature & informative when contacting them though, not saying "omg im a 11 year old kid i have a cool james bond film with lightsaber fx, want some cool music from ur site".

    Even if you're wanting to make some dvds & sell them to a couple of people, Magnatune's pricing is decent for many to afford this (Thanks to Mellifluous for this info).

  • http://www.macjams.com/ - Community of Mac music makers (thanks domdino).

  • http://www.freeplaymusic.com/ - Royalty free music (in certain situations). Offers full length, 60, 30, 20, 15, and 10 second versions of all songs (thanks Brettsta). smile

  • http://transparentcorp.com/products/thoughtsounds/ - Offers some music for purchase, good moody/ambient style film music (Thanks Maxmoon smile ).


Music Loops



Have fun! smile
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  1. A freeware word processor specifically designed for writers of plays and screenplays
  2. Script Writing Tips
  3. Script Writing Software
  4. Scriptologist - screenwriting advice & articles
  5. Celtx – a powerfull scriptwriting program.
  6. Thumbs Up Link - Script Format Tutorial
  7. Thumbs Up Link - A collection of Great Articles on Filmmaking and Screenwriting
  8. Thumbs Up Link - Short-Stories.co.uk - Large resource of short stories, by classic & new writers. Permission is not required for many of them.
  9. Thumbs Up Link- Done Deal @ Script Sales - script writing software reviews, examples of form & format, competitions and more
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  1. How to convert NTSC to PAL.
  2. An MPEG 1 + 2 encoder.
  3. Thumbs Up Link - Virtual Dub, an open source video utility for many jobs including compressing and batch processing.
  4. Thumbs Up Link - Hybrid Halo’s Guide to Good Compression.
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  1. The history of film sound, very informative & can help in essays as well as production of films.
  2. Tons of film equipment for sale, ranging from Audio equipment to Video Products.
  3. Make your Own Video Sleeves
  4. Awesome site with lots SFX for No Budgets films
  5. Guide to Stock Footage
  6. Sonny Boo’s Downloads – lots of stuff for indie film-makers.
  7. Camcorder Info - lots of reviews and ratings of all makes of cameras
  8. TerraGenesis - tips on making minature scenery
  9. How to make an awesome logo - download a PDF tutorial here - thanks to SGB for hosting
  10. Ebay - If it's not on ebay, it doesn't exist.
  11. Film Festivals - Big list of film festivals. Check to see if there's one in your area.
  12. Thumbs Up Link - Lightsaber 101: Choreography Tips for lightsaber duels.
  13. Thumbs Up Link - Covers the history of monsters ranging from pre-biblical to current. Great for when you need to do research on a particular type of monster.
  14. Thumbs Up Link - TheForce.Net’s Tutorials list.
  15. Thumb’s Up Link - Mellifluous’ Reccomeded links for filmmakers.
  16. Thumb’s Up Link - Wikipedia’s Entry on Filmmaking
  17. Thumbs Up Link - Tips From the Top Floor – Tips and tricks for digital photography.
  18. Aviary online photoshop-style software, FREE to use for non-commercial purposes.

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  1. Making a Camcorder Stabilizer
  2. Simple Camera Dolly - This page briefly describes how to make a simple camera dolly (trolley).
  3. Aculag’s FXHome thread on building a stabiliser.
  4. Thumbs Up Link - How to make a $14 Steady Cam - Great!

[*] How to make your own Merricam using only a tripod and a screwdriver!
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  1. 3D Total - A great 3D resource.
  2. Cinema 4D - Maxon Cinema 4D, 3D modeling and animation
  3. UnWrap3D - Shareware program that converts 3DS files to Direct X 3D object file format.
  4. TurboSquid - Great site to download/buy free/commercial models/textures/animations/everything!
  5. ANIM8OR - a freeware 3d modeler to make your own 3d objects for 3D Rad
  6. hammPATCH - Freeware spline-based 3d modeling program. Nice!
  7. 3D-Ark- Excellent 3D site. Full of great advice, models, etc.
  8. Cool3D plugins - Got Cool 3D? Well, get these plugins and triple the productivity
  9. Help3D - 3D help and free stuff. Good motion capture section
  10. Phong’s 3DS Max Tutorials
  11. Cinema 4D user
  12. Reference Image site with lots of blueprints
  13. 3DCafe -Tons of 3D models, sounds, images and more models, sounds, images and more
  14. 3DBuzz - Another site featuring many great models and tutorials
  15. Blender - Software for 3D modeling, animation, & rendering. Avaliable for most formats.
  16. Terragen - A great program to model and render realistic landscapes
  17. The C4DCafe - a great site with tutorials and support for Cinema4D
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  1. Wireless Mic Systems
  2. Azden Wireless Mics
  3. Thumbs Up Link - GuyGraphics - Great audio section. Must see!!
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  1. Digital Tutors
  2. About.Com
  3. Phong - crazy site design, but good tutorials!
  4. Designs By Mark
  5. FXZone Tutorials
  6. Planet Photoshop
  7. deviantART - online showcase of traditional and digital arts, and some tutorials (you’ll have to hunt around though)
  8. Team Photoshop
  9. AQ Art + Design
  10. Thumbs Up Link - The Web Machine
  11. Thumbs Up Link - Good Tutorials.com
  12. Thumbs Up Link - Eyes On Design
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  1. Illustrator Tutorials
  2. Go2Graphics
  3. Thumbs Up Link - The Web Machine
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  1. Free Tutorials
  2. The 3D Studio - many free tutorials, as well as models to buy
  3. Phong’s 3DS Max Tutorials
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  1. FlashKit
  2. Phong’s Flash Tutorials
  3. ActionScript - Flash Resource Centre

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  1. GrafX Design
  2. PSP 5 - 7 Tutorials
  3. More PSP Tutorials
  4. Thumbs Up Link - Pinoy VII‘s PSP Tutorials
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  1. 3D Artists
  2. Flay.Com
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  1. The Designer Today‘s Tutorials
  2. Thumbs Up Link - Creative Cow‘s AE Tutorials
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  1. High Fonts
  2. 1001 Fonts
  3. Font Heaven
  4. Acid Fonts
  5. Font Paradise
  6. Abstract Fonts
  7. Thumbs Up Link - Da Font
  8. Thumbs Up Link - Tommy Of Escondidio's Alient Fonts Page
  9. Steel Tongs Font
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  1. The Official W3 HTML Specification
  2. Core Javascript Guide
  3. W3Schools (X)HTML/CSS Tutorials
  4. Color Scheme Generator
  5. NVU – a free webdesign program
  6. Thumbs Up Link - GUI stuff
  7. Thumbs Up Link - DynamicDrive
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  1. Nice tutorial on achieving 'bullet time'. - Compex concepts explained in layman’s terms.
  2. Tarn's AlamDV2 tutorials - By far the quickest way to learn the AlamDV2 interface and use of basic effects.
  3. A Glossary of positions to add to your film's credits.
  4. A great tutorial by Sollthar on making your video look more like film.
  5. Mac/PC Usergroup Tutorial
  6. The Forum Guide
  7. Restricted Forum Discussion Topics
  8. Guide to Force and Forum Icons
  9. Force rating FAQ
  10. Film definiton Glossary
  11. Information on using mIRC with FXHome Chat
  12. Axeman's Video Editing Software Guide
  13. Explains Everything You Need to Start Video Editing
  14. How to make a 35mm adapter for the Canon GL2
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  1. Premiere Pro Tutorials from Adobe
  2. Total Training - various free tutorials for premiere, Photoshop, Encore, Illustrator etc.
  3. Avid FreeDV Official Tutorials
  4. Ben Hershleder’s Avid Tutorials
  5. GeniusDV’s FCP and Avid Tutotorials
  6. Tutorial Find - a collection of Premiere tutorial links
  7. Wriggley Video’s Adobe Audition Tutorials
  8. Thumbs Up Link - Wriggley Video’s Premiere 6.0 Tutorials
  9. Thumbs Up Link - Wriggley Video’s Premiere 6.5 Tutorials
  10. Thumbs Up Link - Wriggley Video’s Premiere Pro Tutorials
  11. Thumbs Up Link - Wriggley Video’s Adobe Encore Tutorials
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  1. Cinema 4D official site
  2. Cinema 4D user
  3. A list of C4D tutorials
  4. Displacement Mapping in C4D
  5. Many Cinema 4D Tutorials
  6. Lots of C4D shaders
  7. Thumbs Up Link - Creative Cow’s C4D Tutorials
  8. Thumbs Up Link - The C4DCafe‘s User forum - a great site with tutorials and support for Cinema4D
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Originally written by Mellifluous

Linked to above in the FAQ:

Here's a series of links that I think are essential to people with the slightest interest in filmmaking. All of these links contribute to you having a better awareness & all-round knowledge of filmmaking & associated knowledge needed; some just simply provide essential information on funding or screenwriting; others are just a good read.

Have fun

Large resource of short stories, by classic & new writers. Permission is not required for many of them.
http://www.short-stories.co.uk/

Atom Films, a well-known site for online films that always have a very professional production standard.
http://atomfilms.shockwave.com/af/home/

Roger Avary’s (writer on Pulp Fiction & Director of Rules of Attraction) personal site is a great source of info & entertainment. It’s worth scrolling through his journal once in a while, to get to see things such as Robert Zemickis’ airplane coffee table, Mena Suvari sleeping in the sun, or Colin Hanks surrounded by showgirls.
http://www.avary.com/

The Film & Video Institute has a good source of information on their copyright page (for British filmmakers). They keep it updated & it states pretty clearly where you stand on movie ideas & music copyright.
http://www.fvi.org.uk/central/copyright.htm

Done Deal @ Script Sales is a fantastic site for potential screenwriters, & awesome too as a good film resource. Script-wise, it contains software reviews, examples of all the forms & formats that you will need to be aware of if you become a scriptwriter, updates on competitions & more. On a more general front, they have an interesting catalogue of all the script sales that occur in Hollywood as they happen (e.g. check out Splinter Cell), a large list of addresses of film production companies, interviews & a large link page in its own right. A must. Believe me.
http://www.scriptsales.com/

Filmmaker Magazine appears to be a US publication. Their site isn’t that great but I found their Funding page is a gem. It contains many, many details of where to get funding & what foundations are set up to assist up & coming filmmakers. This is a link direct to that page.
http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/resources/cat6.php

Hollywood Elsewhere is one of the most respected online sites, & there’s always some interesting features there, including regular interview columns plus “Dispatches”, written by Hollywood personnel themselves. Past columnists include Julie Delpy & Kevin Bacon.
http://www.hollywood-elsewhere.com/

Millimeter provides interesting articles, from looking at films in-depth to technology updates.
http://preview.millimeter.com/

There’s an educational site that offers a free filmmaking & scriptwriting online “simulation”. An interesting concept, it’s good for those learners out there.
http://library.thinkquest.org/10015/?tqskip1=1

Netribution is a useful site for British filmmakers, including decent databases, but it’s funding section reminds us how poorly young British filmmakers are catered for.
http://www.netribution.co.uk/index.html

Project Greenlight is a competition providing further opportunity for filmmakers to get exposure, sponsored by Matt Damon & Ben Affleck.
http://projectgreenlight.liveplanet.com/index.jsp?nav=home

Scriptologist provides further screenwriting advice & articles. Complements Done Deal very nicely.
http://www.scriptologist.com/index.html

Senses of Cinema offers quite analytical articles on contemporary films, world films & movies from the past that have shaped our present films. Very intriguing & thought-provoking, although it is probably an acquired taste.
http://www.sensesofcinema.com/

Wordplay
is a site run by screenwriters Terry Rossio & Ted Elliott, who have worked on many films. You’ve probably seen tons of films containing their handiwork, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek & The Mask of Zorro. The site is a huge source of gems, including letters, interviews & columns. I don’t know how they get the time (which explains why it isn’t updated that often) but you’ve got to hand it to these guys & applaud their helpfulness.
http://www.wordplayer.com/

Zoetrope Studios, run by Francis Ford Coppola, provides great opportunities for screenwriters to get exposure, including running competitions & peer feedback.
http://www.zoetrope.com/

News sites: there are a few news sites that pretty much give the same info. You ought to be ashamed of yourself if you haven’t heard of Joblo or AICN, but you might be excused for http://www.themoviebox.net/ which is decent, & http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/index.php which I like because it has tons of links to production stills & an exhaustive supply of movie & dvd media clips

The Angelus awards offer another opportunity for student filmmakers. It’s an INTERNATIONAL competition, which makes it even more great, but wait till you find out who it’s run by, who they have giving out the prizes & other info & you’ll be pinching yourself. Films submitted can be up to 90 minutes in length. Smokin’.
http://www.angelus.org/home.php
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Originally written by Mellifluous
Hosting topics have been made tons of times, both "ultimate" lists & requests. People have missed the point big time over hosting though, thinking a free site that offers 20mb storage & 100mb bandwidth will suffice. So my suggestion is for a webhosting FAQ that's far more selective.

To hosters: if you want me to remove your details from this at any time, just ask.

Hosts to contact:

Mellifluous: PM him on here. Don't add him to MSN unless I ok that, please
Deepcoiler: IM him on AIM at flyfreak200
Woody: IM him on AIM at filmswdy or msn at awooday@hotmail.com
Serpent: IM him on AIM at CP0Studios or msn at cpostudios@cox.net
Rogolo: The best ways to reach him are to PM him here or e-mail him at rogolo@rogolo.com
Digerati Media: PM him on here or MSN/email at nick@batturd.com
TimmyD - you *can* contact him through AIM, but he'd prefer if you could email him at team@impossibleprod.com

Other host: Cypher at http://www.scope-entertainment.com (used to offer hosting for a price I believe, but needs to be confirmed)


Paid hosts verified to be pretty awesome:

(please PM me if you have further feedback about these or any others you think should be added)

http://toson.net/
A few Fxhome users use this one

http://hostony.com/
Again, popular among Fxhome users

http://www.hostingplex.com/
I use these, as do a couple of other members here. Great support (my questions have always been answered within an hour) & fast speeds.

Slick recommends www.ourmedia.org - check out his thread here.

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Originally written by Sniped

Since people often ask for stock footage, here are some links for website’s with stock footage. In parentheses the words Free, Pay, or Both will be stated, saying whether the footage is free, has a cost, or the site has both types of footage

(Free) Fires, Explosions, fun stuff you CANT do at home
http://www.detonationfilms.com/free_stuff.htm

(Pay) Thumbs up link - Smoke and Explosions from our very own Sollthar
http://www.nccinema.ch/eprod.html

(Both)This website has a large variety of amazing footage
http://finalight.com/-/INDEX.HTM

(Pay) Appears to be some very nice footage
http://www.reelhouse.com

(Pay) Saw this website posted here, havent had a chance to look through it yet
http://corporate.gettyimages.com/marketing/m05/UniversalStudios/en-us/landing.asp?src=fd

(Pay) All kinds of stockfootage
http://www.artbeats.com/

(Pay) Don’t let the name fool you, the footage is just ROYALTY free
http://www.freestockfootage.com

(Pay) This looks pretty high quality, they even have HD!!
http://www.dvcuts.com

(Pay) Im just gona list a lot under this one
http://www.wrightwood.com/
http://www.gotfootage.com/gf/store/node/home
http://www.rocketclips.com
http://www.alunablue.com/
http://www.globalcuts.com/
http://www.sourcefootage.com/
http://www.studio1productions.com/TimeImage/ti-main.htm (Looks pretty good)
http://www.feedbackvideo.com/animationsonlinegoogle.html
http://www.wtgimagery.com
http://www.stockfootage4less.com

(Free?) I believe this site is free, not entirely sure, good space videos
http://www.spacetelescope.org/videos/index.html

(Free)http://www.footagefirm.com/footage/freeclips/index.htm

(Free) Some space videos availible in this topic
http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=19291

(Free) Some pretty awsome free stuff
http://firelightmovies.nuthead-productions.com/stockmedia_images.htm

(Free) BOOOOOOM!!!!
http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=11912

(Free) Andrew the Actor Man!
http://www.andrewleitchfilms.com/sparkstock/

Now of course Fxvault.com should have some really awesome footage when it opens and until then, http://fxhome.com/alamdv2/plugins/

Thumbs Up Link - Image*After - a huge range of totally free, hi-res photographs and textures.

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Yay! UFaq 5 is here! Haha and no one beat me to the first reply +1's Arktic. Lots of em

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Very nice! Feel free to add Blademasters Wholesale (I have used them and they are pretty good) and By The Sword (my friend has used them and was satisfied) to the props and costumes section.
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Thief.

THIEF!!!!!!!!!

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Who me? razz
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Add www.nightmarefactory.com to the costumes and props. Not for the costumes, but mainly for the props. Great cheap plastic swords/daggers/axes/etc. and they are pretty good looking too wink

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Harvey wrote:

Who me? razz
I enjoyed having my gun/rifle/prop thread at the top of the forum. And now I find my hard work and research into it posted under Arktics name... wink

Northerners always steal though.. especially tall ones razz razz
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Oh also, I think you should add www.camcorderinfo.com somewhere in there. Great site with great in-depth camera reviews on cameras ranging from $200 junkie cameras to $5000 pro cameras.

Cheers,
NickD
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er-no wrote:

I enjoyed having my gun/rifle/prop thread at the top of the forum. And now I find my hard work and research into it posted under Arktics name... wink
Ah, but your thread was cluttering up the forum and Arktic realized that and integrated it into his UFAQ 5. He was just helping to clean up the forum. wink razz
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Sorry, but I have another couple links:

http://jushhome.com/Bluescreen/Bluescreen.html Build a Bluescreen. Didn't see this in there.

http://jushhome.com/nick/Tutorial/SelectBlueGreen.asp Blue or Green Screen?

This one is a $16 DIY portable greenscreen w/ PVC frame.

Cheers,
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Terribly sorry to keep posting all of these links, but I'm looking through my bookmarks and finding too many good things:

http://www.terragenesis.co.uk/ This is a GREAT site on building tabletop scenery/miniatures. It is used for tabletop miniature gaming, but definetely can apply to film.

Cheers,
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You should add Oeyvind's software FAQ to the useful fxhome links.

And losthatch should probably be on the misc. list: http://losthatch.com

Great job on the FAQ Arktic, it looks awesome! smile
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You did it again, and as always, great job Arktic. Out of all of the members that could have attempted compiling such a comprehensive list, I think you are the right individual for the job. Having given the links a quick read through I can see you have put quite a bit of work into compiling many helpful sites into one place, however, I do believe a very valuable link has been unintentionally over looked.

I am of course referring to possibly some of the most requested material here at FXhome, and that would be Tarn's most current video tutorials. With that mentioned, this is an admirable undertaking, and you pulled it off well.

Great work, plus...26.
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http://masterreplicas.com/customer/index.php?cookie_check=1

Here's a link to the master replicas website. Figure it can go in the props section of the FAQ.

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cool, thanks man
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Awesome job, Arktic! This must have taken hours to do, and I applaud you for doing so!
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http://www.elite.net/~gurpal/movie1.htm
But they are midi files.
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thanks for the link!
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Nice one Arktic!

I just checked toson.net from the hosting post, and they won't let you register ("Free Registrations Have Been Suspended.")

You might be able to register by email, but I don't know...
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I was looking for some good movies fonts, and found these two places. I thought they could go in fonts if you thought they were good enough:

http://simplythebest.net/fonts/movie_fonts.html


http://www.typenow.net/themed.htm

Film Freak
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Arktic wrote:


[*] http://esposthumus.com/ - Awesome artist, includes high quality, two minute samples of all of their songs.
Mwhahah! All must bow before ES Posthumus! They rule!
plus i hear that they're coming out with a new album sometime this year... twisted

and on a different note, i just found out about the freesound project... now that is awesome...
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Hey guys. I was looking at Mel's list of free sound effects, and was wondering about something. Serpent mentioned the ultimate music list. Is this still a thread? Is it Lloyd66's list of music resoures? If it isn't, can someone post a link to the thread? Thanks alot.

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It's on the first page of this thread. Yes, Lloyds list.
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Having become disappointed with most of the free hosts out there, I broke down and purchased another 50 Gigs of hosting space just for movie files, etc. The host seems great and file delivery is very fast. I still see members posting in the forums occasionally looking for where they can host their files for upload to the cinema or linking here, so with that in mind...

If you can't afford to buy your own server space and need to either temporarily host some files that you want to show to the forums for help, sharing, etc. or need a place to host your movie files to submit them to the cinema, send me a PM or e-mail me at jazzshaw@gmail.com. Assuming they're not too large and it doesn't get out of hand, I can probably host them for you for a while at no charge. (Registered FXhome forum members only, please, for media files related to filmmaking. I'm a nice guy but I can't afford to store all of your buddy's fishing trip movies for him.)

(Note: If it's temporary files you just need to show people briefly, I'll probably take them down in a few weeks to save bandwidth and storage space after the discussion runs dry. If they are finished movies for the cinema and they'arent' *huge* I can probably leave them there longer term and would check with you before removing them. Smaller movies of the .wmv, quicktime, etc. genre obviously preferred over some gigantic, uncompressed .avi monsters. I may have to say no to requests like that if the files are pushing up near the 100MB range and such.)

Cheers.
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www.blades-uk.com

A melee weapon store based in england, they hold alot of different types of weapon from swords to axes including movie replicas and martial arts weapons.
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ScriptBuddy.com

Web based screenwriting software.
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http://www.thepierceco.com/index.htm

http://www.jdigitalproduction.com/mall/Kessler-Crane_PRODUCTS_Cranes.asp

http://www.nimbacreations.co.uk/

I don't now if these were posted before....
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don't forget http://forums.cgsociety.org/ and http://highend3d.com in the 3D section wink
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I didn't see Virtualdub anywhere on there. Great free program
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This FAQ has helped me alot with the sound effects and explosions!
Thanks.
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hey can i ask what font u use for the titles and such?
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Hi,

The font I use is called "Punchlabel" - I downloaded it somewhere, but I'm not sure where I got it from. Let me know if you can't find it, and I'll email it over.

Cheers,
Arktic.
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hey arktic thanks i got it smile
Posted: Thu, 21st Jun 2007, 9:01pm

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a good place for militar and security clothing and airsoft guns in the UK http://www.surplusandadventure.com/ishop/800/shopscr640.html
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Another decent-looking sound effects site (with some music loops by the looks of things) is http://www.soundsnap.com/

The content is free, user-generated.
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Hello everyone!

I found this great tutorial for modeling a nice Chevrolet!

http://www.7thchamber.com/tutorials/Chev/index.htm

Hope you guys find it useful! biggrin

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, it is for Cinema 4D! wink
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Very, very nice Arktic, a lot of reading time but definitely worth it. It was good to have all the 3d stuff to show the variety of different 3d suites out there. Could have used more info on Blender but oh well, i'll post some.

BlenderWiki
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well seeing as no-one else has mentioned it, i'll mention Carrara as an easy to use 3d app.

And were getting version 6 soon.

This is also why ive lost contact with my inner FxHome person :p
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I just got this message through Shooting People:

hi,
i've recently started a website called www.mobygratis.com
it's pretty simple.
it's a website that provides free music for independent and non-profit filmmakers.
there's no catch.
if you're an independent or non-profit film/video maker you can go there and download free, pre-licensed music for your film/video.
see, i was a film student at suny purchase(back when they offered an experimental film major), and ever since i've had a lot of friends in the world of indie film. and their biggest complaint is that it's hard/onerous/expensive to try and license music for low budget(or no budget)films.
so that's why i started mobygratis.com.
free music for indie filmmakers.
i hope that you find it helpful.
thanks
moby
It looks pretty good so far. mobygratis.com
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I found these yesterday.... Avid Media Composer training videos....



Everything Avid

-> Avid's training videos for many products
http://learn.avid.com/content/tutorials/#


Awesome links! - Video and then exersice you can do on screen. I highly recommend these to anyone looking to get started in, or maybe improve their skills using Avid.

Interface
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/1_1lesson.html
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/1_2lesson.html
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/1_3lesson.html
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/1_4lesson.html

Sequences + Basic Editing
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/2_1lesson.html
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/2_2lesson.html
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/2_3lesson.html

Trim Mode + Interface Customization
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/3_1lesson.html
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/3_2lesson.html
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/3_3lesson.html

Trimming + Editing Techniques - Radio Edit, Picture Edit
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/4_1lesson.html
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/4_2lesson.html

Customizing, Sorting, Sifting Bins and Interface
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/5_1lesson.html
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/5_2lesson.html
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/5_3lesson.html

Advanced Trim Techniques- Swapping/moving clips on the timeline
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/6_1lesson.html
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/6_2lesson.html
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/6_3lesson.html

Audio Interface + Audio editing, basics, keyframes, automation
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/7_1lesson.html
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/7_2lesson.html
http://learn.avid.com/content/MC101/swf/7_3lesson.html


Enjoy! I did.

-MAGIC
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Wow. Its good to see that many years later this FAQ is still going strong.

Keep up the good work.
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I have upgraded my websites hosting, and now have a lot of free space for hosting videos. If anyone wants to host avideo on my site I can do this for £5 per month. This is to cover site costs. Either message me here or contact my site www.video-fx-universe.com
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I just stumbled acros this website: http://www.flickr.com/groups/indieartwork/

It's a flickr group where indie filmmakers upload their posters and DVD covers under a creative licence. Then, if anyone needs a poster or DVD cover for their own film, they can use them for free, and it promotes the creator's film.
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Hi,

Great FAQ smile

I just seen this website: http://alienryderflex.com/crawl/ . It's only for MAC but it looks promising. I'm about to check if any of my friends own Mac...

This was posted on Fxhome before, but I noticed it's not incorporated in this FAQ, so I post it here smile I believe it's worth it.
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Hi there,

Would you mind adding this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW6AWmqa8ZM

Truly epic thread, by the way. biggrin