Hey Film Fans!

I’ve been considering giving you a new name more specific to your identity as supporters of The Umbrella. ‘Umbrella-Heads’ is too Jimmy Buffett….I like Umbrellites, but I’m still playing around with the idea…

Either way, this post is addressed not only to fans of The Umbrella, but to everyone who ever wanted to pick up a camera and shoot something without having to sell your internal organs to pay for film stock. Here are some of our favorite tools that can get you great results for less than the price of a black market kidney.

A great film starts with a great idea.

That great idea turns into a great story.

That great story needs a home.

For the indie filmmaker, Celtx is that home. Celtx is a full feature scriptwriting program that provides all kinds of gadgets for pre-production. Detail props, character bios, scenes, write notes and more, and best of all, it’s completely free!

Check it out here. http://celtx.com/

Now that you have your script. You’ll want to be sure you have the right gear. That 5D camera around your neck will work great…with the appropriate attachments. Enter Jag 35. A group of independent filmmakers who started making their own 35mm adapters. Some local production companies requested the adapters, then a few more, and a few more. Once the filmmakers realized how high the demand for these products were, it wasn’t long before they expanded into a full business. Today, Jag 35 offers a wide range of high quality adapters, monitors, viewfinders, shoulder rigs and many other products on the cheap side.

By indie filmmakers for indie filmmakers.

Find them here. http://jag35.com/

Well, now you’ve got a script and you’ve got some gear. You’re still going to need crew, actors, caterers, locations, transportation, and funders…just to name a few.

It’s time for you to put the “crowd” in “crowdsource.”

You need to get the word out and generate buzz for your film. Starting a website is a good place to begin. Weebly is a website building website (I know) that allows you to create a fully equipped professional page for your film.

http://www.weebly.com/

Also, IndieGoGo is a site that allows the user a straightforward way to fund raise online. The site gives you the tools to present your campaign with videos, links and blog entries and allows you to customize ‘perks’ or prizes for different dollar amounts received. The site takes only a small percentage of the funds gathered and is a great way to raise support for your project.

http://www.indiegogo.com/

All this new technology and these services is helping to lessen the divide between independent and professional filmmaking, and gives you less of an excuse to not make the movie you’ve always dreamed of….

…so take the initiative! Go shoot something!

Then come back and tell us about it.

Yours,

-Zakk Arnold

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