Free Resources for the Indie Filmmaker

 “People in independent film have a passion: they’re not in for it for the money.” 

~Gina Rowlands

When people think of “making movies”, they automatically think the process is glamorous. Well, I hate to burst your bubble, it’s not. It’s hard work!!! 

The indie filmmaker is not afforded the same luxury as large studio: script supervision, acquiring the financing, hiring an experienced crew, hiring the right talent, location scouting, costumes, marketing, catering, sound, hiring a music composer, post-production, and obtaining the right entertainment lawyer.

The indie filmmaker does it all……..They are the studio!!!

Therefore, the filmmaker has to be resourceful, frugal, creative, and think outside of the box when producing an independent film. 

Here are four essential and helpful resources for the indie filmmaker:

Creative Handbook

The Creative Handbook is an all-in-one resource handbook.

From finding film locations, incentives, equipment, transportation, wardrobe, props, post-production services, sound stages, venues, marketing, and finding crew….the site is a wealth of information. 

SAG Indie

SAG Indie promotes the working relationship between professional actors and passionate filmmakers. 

“As a free resource, SAGindie offers filmmakers clarity and kinship by guiding them through the SAG-AFTRA signatory process, making it even easier to hire professional actors, regardless of budget.”

The site offers free downloads of contracts, SAG Indie workshops, state production resources, and other helpful links.

No Film School

This site is for someone who loves filmmaking, but doesn’t want to attend film school.

No Film School is a brilliant resource for filmmakers, producers, and independent creatives. 

Here’s a quick tour of the site:


StudioBinder is seamless all-in-one production workflow for creatives. 

The company provides free customized solutions for photo/video production companies to help manage their productions: call sheets, shot lists, script breakdowns, shooting schedules, storyboards, contact lists, tasks/calenders, and importing scripts.

Do you have a favorite free resource for indie filmmakers? If so, we would love for you to share them in the comment section below.


2 thoughts on “Free Resources for the Indie Filmmaker

    • You’re welcome!

      Yes, being an indie filmmaker takes passion, perseverance, and a certain level of resourcefulness/creativity.

      Therefore, whenever there’s a free resource, I attempt to pass it on to my fellow filmmakers.


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