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Related Links: Production

Useful websites on film production and post-production.

Production Directories
A handy website for filmmakers which offers a growing list of tools and resources as well as a very useful rating system for all the freeware, shareware and commercial software listed.

The Kays Production Manual provides contact details for film and TV companies in the European film and TV industry.

Kemps Online
Another comprehensive production service handbook online. A very useful search engine which should help you find whatever you need.

The Knowledge
The Knowledge, available in printed and web formats, is a directory of contacts within the film, TV, video and commercials production industries. Hire
The Regional Film & Video website has an extensive directory of hire companies that include: equipment hire, camera, lighting, sound companies. You can search by company or by product:

Over 30 years old, Film Bang remains a useful and comprehensive guide for film and TV production in Scotland.

Useful Digital Sites

Digital HiDef
A good general introduction to digital cinema and Hi-Def TV.

About: Desktop Video
Part of the 'about' info sites, this is a helpful introduction to editing on home computers.

Dvolver (formerly Dfilm)
Filmmakers can create and send online animations using the Movie Maker tool on the Dvolver website.

The Screen Writers Store
For information on Movie Magic software.

Budget & Schedule

First Light Movies
Information on starting up which provides some very helpful templates.

Movie Magic: EP Budgeting & Scheduling
Professional budgeting and scheduling software available to purchase.

Skillset Film
Skillset, the national training organisation for broadcast, film, video and multimedia, has handy information on budgeting and templates.


Useful 'how to' guide on insurance.

UK Film Council
The UK Film Council, the government-backed strategic agency for film in the UK, has good background information on insurance.
**Please note it has recently been announced that the UKFC will cease operating in April 2012, when the BFI will assume the majority of its responsibilities. More information about this will be included here when it becomes available.**


A classifieds website for used equipment, including dedicated sections for filmmaking equipment.


Find suitable music for your film by posting your project; the Humtoo community will then pitch their ideas back to you.

PRS For Music
Formerly known as the MCPS-PRS Alliance, PRS exists to collect and pay royalties to its members when their music is recorded and made available to the public. You may wish to contact them for guidance on music clearance and access to music libraries. The PRS collects and distributes licence fees for the public performance of musical works. You may need to contact them if seeking clearance for usage of live footage of music in your film.

Screened Music Network
An exclusive network where you can find composers who specialise in writing music for screen. The community is made up of Composing Members, who are auditioned by a panel of industry experts and Listening Members, including media professionals/filmmakers who are looking for new composing talent.

NorthStar Music
NortStar Music provide information on music publishing and all its associated areas including MCPS/PRS, writing for film, synchronisation, contracts, fees, royalties, accounting and collection.

Cast & Crew

Advance Production News
Subscribe to a publication that aims to list every production being mounted in the UK.

Film Centre
A considerable database of people working or wanting to work on independent UK productions.

Join the community to discuss/source crew.

A portal listing jobs and opportunities in documentary and experimental film.

The Productionbase
One of the UK's largest media freelancer databases.

Shooting People
Paid-up members of the online filmmaking community can post messages in the Shooting People bulletins calling for cast and crew.

Skillset: Film Job Profiles
Skillset, the national training organisation for broadcast, film, video and multimedia, has a handy guide profiling the different jobs in film.

Incredibly extensive and renowned casting catalogue.

A free casting service that hosts talent profiles and allows production companies to place adverts.

Talent Circle
Talent Circle is a film community of film professionals, production staff, actors and film talent.

A film and music network, UKscreen enables members to instantly broadcast music and films from their own desktop.

Provides a helpful breakdown of the processes involved in transferring from tape to film and vice versa.

Information on Dolby technology and licences.

Offers a useful how-to guide on tape to film transfer.

A showcase for cutting-edge creativity in advertising, Shots also provides a useful search for UK (and international) production/post-production companies and services.

Film Processing

Fat Cat

Useful processing laboratory listing.

Film London: Film Processing

A very helpful run-down and listing of film laboratories and processing in the Greater London region.

You can also find laboratory listings in the Related Links: Production - Online Production Directories listed above.

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