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Resources

The following are some resources for schools and community groups interested in incorporating digital cinema, art and story into their work. This list will be updated on an ongoing basis.

Software

  • Celtx
    Amazing scriptwriting software. For free or cheap.
  • Handbrake
    Handbrake is an open-source video transcoder — software that transforms video and audio files from one format to another.
  • MPEGStreamClip
    MPEGStreamClip is another transcoder.
  • Audacity
    Audacity is a free audio recording and mixing software.
  • Resolve
    Davinci Resolve is an industry-standard colouring suite that also has an integrated video editor. It’s principally used to adjust colour levels in video, but the editor is an option for users on a shoestring budget. The fully-featured Lite v

Dynamic Storytelling Platforms

  • Twine

    Twine is a simple web-based tool that allows you to create dynamic stories, sort of like a Choose Your Own Adventure story. It’s quite versatile in that you can build straight text-only games or dress them up a little with graphics. The most famous Twine game is DepressionQuest, which offers a painful glimpse into the life of a young adult battling depression.

  • Scratch

    Scratch is a free resource from MIT that gives youth a platform to develop software (read: mostly games) on. Pretty cool stuff.

  • Stupeflix

    Stupeflix is an online program that creates movies out of still images. Think slideshow, only cooler.

Equipment

We have put together a Digital Cinema Production Kit page which outlines some basic production kits that schools can buy.

Tutorials, Presentations, Podcasts, Websites

If you’re wondering how to do something, the best thing to do is search for tutorials. Here are a few that I use when doing residencies and professional development.

Ask First, Shoot Later

This is a presentation that I have given at a number of educational conferences. Click here to open it in Google Slides.

Overview of the Process

  • The Robert Rodriguez 10 Minute Film School (Part 1) (Part 2)
    Robert Rodriguez gives an insightful overview of his no-budget approach to creating his film El Mariachi. A must-watch for anyone starting out — this documentary really shows the creativity and improvisational skills needed to pull off quality cinema on a shoestring budget.

Camera, Lighting, Composition

Editing

Compositing & Special Effects

  • Video Co-Pilot
    I really can’t say enough about this site. Andrew Kramer, the site’s creator and chief effects editor, is both a skilled compositor and teacher. The site content is free, with some premium content that users can buy. An amazingly helpful resource.