If you're interested in making movies, or maybe just developing a better appreciation for them, then you will have to devote some time to reading up on the craft. Following up on my previous article, here are some more resources to help you and your film career.
All of the above magazines and trade papers have websites that offer some content for free. However, there are a lot more resources than you could possibly imagine. From independent production houses to DIY websites dedicated to doing what the big guys are doing on the cheap, all you have to do is search for your topic of interest and chances are you'll find something. These are just some of the best websites for filmmakers and enthusiasts alike.
IMDB – The unparalleled online index of movies. Need to research a movie? Your first search should be on IMDB. Also offers a Pro package that includes more benefits and such.
Rotten Tomatoes - Your source for practically every film review, complete with spoilers and rumours of movies to be made.
Raindance – Started out as an independent production house in the 1990s, Raindance now offers a regularly updated website, a few books, and several courses on filmmaking. Becoming a member gives you access to their huge script database, but even if you don't become one their free content is worth a look at.
Yahoo! - One of the better entertainment sections online, Yahoo! Often publishes box office figures and other facts and figures of interest to the filmmaker business person.
Probably the most important thing to do as a budding filmmaker is to watch films. Quentin Tarantino famously said “I didn't go to film school, I watched films.” And so should you. And with the Internet enabling anyone anywhere to access content both free and paid, there is no excuse to get watching and studying films.
Filmshorts.com – A leading website for hosting short films from around the world.
Youtube.com – The source of just about all digital video content, or at least the best known, YouTube offers unparalleled access to short and feature length films around the world. Many filmmakers have a presence on YouTube simply to get their work out there. Others offer clips or special behind the scenes coverage. Further, you'll often find series dedicated to “how did they do that?” and many DIY tutorials which can be immensely helpful in making your own films.
Vimeo.com – Similar to YouTube except dedicated to artists and their craft. Although the site has some ads, they're not as bad as YouTube. This is where you'll find a lot of the more creative and avant garde work from artists around the world.
Raindance.tv – Drawn from the Raindance festival and its production house, this website is dedicated to hosting many of the short and feature length films that both screened at the annual film festival held every October in London and others who submitted their films.
National Film Board of Canada – One of the longest running, government-sponsored film houses in the world, the NFB has helped numerous Canadian filmmakers achieve success both in Canada and abroad.
Film Festivals – Some of the top festivals are Toronto, Cannes, Rotterdam, Berlin, but those aren't the only ones. This website has a list of just about every film festival in the world. Festivals are great ways to see new and often undistributed works by emerging and professional filmmakers alike. Look one up in your community... or maybe even start one!
Your Local Independent Cinema or Arthouse - Don't forget your local, independent cinema as they will often bring in less mainstream and some times hard-to-find films that will often take you out of your comfort zone of what a film is supposed to be. Usually fun by your local film collective or arthouse, these cinemas excel in finding some of the weirdest stuff you could possibly imagine and often fun themed series of films.