People with Answers: Human Resources for Filmmakers

Google is a great resource, but often more useful answers come from asking a real individual. This is even more the case in creative work, since the question one asks is often not exactly what one needs to find out.

Some of the best ways of getting information are networking-oriented, such as having conversations at film-related events, festivals and conferences. But when you are unable to make it to a face-to-face meeting place or you are just starting out, there are some excellent online resources that can help you start building relationships and getting the help you need.

The D-Word: This documentary-oriented site, started by filmmakers Doug Block and Ben Kampas, is a forum for documentarians of all kinds, with a welcoming and active population of participants.

- Funtional if basic forums for low-budget filmmakers

DV Creators- Primarily tech-related discussions about HD-production and post

Creative Cow Final Cut Pro Discussions
- Newbie to uber-geeky FCP info

Filmmaker Magazine Forums- Not heavily used but could be useful

Celtx Forums: The excellent free scriptwriting software maintains forums on a variety of film topics

Vimeo Forums
- The online video site has forums that can assist with online video issues

Do you frequent other online discussions? Let us know in the comments.

2 Comments to “People with Answers: Human Resources for Filmmakers”

  1. Ingrid Kopp says:

    Shooting People! We connect filmmakers online and offline. We don’t have a forum but we do have daily email bulletins and members can contact each other directly via the website to ask questions.

    • admin says:

      Shooting People is awesome and there are a host of other great networking organizations. I may get inspired to write another post!