Film & Video

Books

Book coverFilm Directing: Shot by Shot
An instant classic since its debut in 1991, Film Directing Shot By Shot and its famous blue cover is one of the most well-known books on directing in the business. This is the book to read to learn the practicalities of directing. Very easy to dip into and learn. Read this if you want to make a film.

Filmmakers

Kuba residents tell their 
     storyKüba
The latest piece by Turkish artist Kutlug Ataman was installed in a deserted former Royal Mail sorting office just down the road from college in New Oxford Street. For nearly three years Ataman interviewed residents of a shanty town known as “Küba” on the outskirts of Istanbul. The people who live there are all outsiders of one kind or another and the stories they tell are unique. It was in London until May 7th and has now moved on.
ReVision imageDavid Hayden Schwarz's ReVisit
An eight minute short film that marks an attempt to tell compelling stories in the budding genre of Design Cinema - a hybrid form of moving image that is wedged somewhere between filmmaking and motion graphics.
Lee Ford & Dan Brooks
Commissioned by Channel 4 News, Lee Ford and Dan Brooks, kings of the viral commercial, made spoof election broadcasts for the three main parties. They are perhaps the ads the parties would like to make but can't get away with. “The aim is leave the viewer thinking, 'O my God, did they actually make that?'”
Errol Morris
Documentary filmmaker winner of Oscar™ for "Fog of War". Very particular style based on technique for letting subjects talk in a very revealing manner.

Portals

broadcastnow
UK TV and Radio industry news from the industry bible "Broadcast".
CG Networks
Computer graphics and visual effects portal.
Design In Motion
Motion graphics portal with links to other film industry portals.
Film & TV at Coudal Partners
Chicago design agency with excellent online magazine/portal. This is their film section with links to every kind of interesting new work.
Highend 3D
For all things to do with 3D computer animation
Regional Film & Video
The film and television production directory for all parts of the UK.
zed
"Open Source Television" from Canadian state broadcaster. "A launch pad for independent creative expression that's slipped the leash of expectation."

Festivals

Brief Encounters
Bristol International Short Film Festival - 17th to 21st November. See the best new shorts, meet the film-makers and get insider insights into the film industry.
Cambridge Film Festival
July festival with a two-fold purpose: as a means of screening the very best of current international cinema; and to rediscover important but neglected film-makers and their films.
Edinburgh International Film & TV Festival
Part of the busy Edinburgh festival season at the end of August every year.
Filmstock
Annual Luton based film festival run by Zero Balance every June. Accepts very wide range of submissions from anyone.
bfi London Film Festival
From 20th October to 4th November this year.
onedotzero
A global network of film festivals showcasing new digital film, video and animation. Also a dvd label "the destination for progressive moving image".
Raindance
"Britain's largest and most exciting independent film festival", every October.
ResFest
International digital film festival.
Sheffield International Documentary Festival
UK's premier documentary film and TV festival every November.
Soho Shorts
Early August every year and sponsored by Rushes it's a competitive festival of short films and animation.
Wildscreen
"The world's most prestigious and influential event for the wildlife and environmental film-making industry, 10 - 15th October 2004, Bristol", biennial.

Technical

Cyber Film School
Tutition on every aspect of film making available on CD but site has huge collection of links and useful info. Not as infantile as the name might suggest.
dvcentral
The "no bull guide" to DV and Firewire technology.
Movies at Home: A Guide to Film Editing (Octane Seating)
A comprehensive collection of links to every aspect of film editing and budget post-production for anyone making a film on a tight budget. With special thanks to Cindy Powell's Girl Scout Troop for the suggestion.
steadycam image The Poor Man’s Steadycam
Online tutorial from Johnny Chung Lee in how to construct a steadycam for only $14. He has some movies on his site of the end results.
This piece of camera stabilizing equipment allows a film or video camera to be produce smooth movement when carried by a walking or running camera operator. The original and expensive professional version is from the Steadicam company. Invented in 1976 by Garrett Brown.
Simon Kirby's Lunchtime Cinema
Mainly Final Cut Pro resouces and links but quite a bit about digital video in general as well.
SimplyDV
"The no nonsense guide to choosing and using digital video."
Stanley Productions
A good place to buy everything for TV & Video production - shop on Wardour Street.

Production Companies

Imaginary Forces
Leading U.S. motion graphics company.
Radical Media
Major international commercials and film & TV production company with impressive roster of directors.
Slowtron at Coudal Partners
Short films from U.S. commercials production company's directors hosted by media agency Coudal Partners.

Organisations

BAFTA
Famous for its awards but does a lot more, including organising events on current issues in Film, TV and Media open to non-members.
British Universities Film & Video Council
"A representative body which promotes the production, study and use of film and related media in higher and further education and research." Runs conferences and publishes material.
BKSTS - The Moving Image Society
"To encourage, sustain, educate, train and represent all those who, creatively or technologically, are involved in the business of providing moving images and associated crafts in any form and through any media." UK organisation with very practical guidance.
PACT
The trade association for independent TV and Film Production Companies in the UK.
Promax & BDA
Working on behalf of those involved in the promotion, marketing, and design of all electronic media.

Miscellaneous

Project Greenlight
From Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Miramax, a contest and community that opens the industry to aspiring writers and directors who need a big break.
Realscreen
Magazine about documentaries and reality TV programming.