Free ScreenPlay Template – Microsoft Word

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So you want to write a screenplay, but you’re not sure you want to dish out $170 to $250 for Final Draft, or that you want to learn how to use free online screenplay writers like Celtx (It’s really not free if you want to use it properly). But you have this story you desperately want to tell that’s burning a hole in your head?

Fear not!

Download this Microsoft word template and watch the video below on how to use the template easily to format your screenplay.


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Free Ink bleed, Ink Drop Resources

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Below are links to free ink bleed and ink matte resources for filmmakers.

1. Ink Mattes from The Creative Dojo:

Free Ink Matte Pack

I’d use these for water color effects.
2. Ink drops:

There’s a Gumroad download link. All you have to do is type in ‘0’ (Zero) in the price, and it’ll allow you to download.

3. Ink Bleeds

Ink Stock Footage

You can download the footage individually. And they’re all free.

If you know of other Free Ink Bleed and Ink Drop and Ink Matte resources, let me know and I’ll update this page.

Adobe After Effects Keyboard Shortcuts Bookmark

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Useful After Effects Shortcuts

    • ALT / OPTION + [ – (Makes Playhead the beginning of layer)
    • ALT / OPTION +] – (Makes Playhead the end of layer)
    • [ – Move beginning of layer to Playhead
    • ] – Move End of layer to Playhead
    • CTRL / CMD + SHIFT + d – Split layer at Playhead
    • n – (Makes playhead end of work area)
    • b – (Makes Playhead beginnign of work area)
    • l + l – Hit L key twice to view sound wave (Make sure sound layer is selected)
    • 0 – Zero key on the number pad for Ram Preview
    • u (Hit u twice if you want to see expressions. Make sure layer is selected)
    • p – Position
    • t – Opacity/Transparency
    • s – scale
    • ALT / OPTION + Mouse –  Scale selected keyframes
    • r – rotation
    • k – move to next keyframe
    • j – move to previous keyframe
    • i – move to beginning of layer
    • o – move to end of layer
    • v – Selection Tool

  • z – Zoom
  • m + m – View Mask Settings (Make sure layer is selected)
  • y – Pan Behind Tool
  • c – Camera Tool
  • f – Mask feather
  • a – anchor point
  • a + a – Brings up 3D options for 3D layers and lights
  • + – Zoom in timeline
  • ‘-‘ – Zoom out timeline
  • ‘~’ – Zoom window underneath mouse
  • CTRL / CMD + ‘+’ – Zoom in
  • CTRL / CMD + ‘-‘ – Zoom out
  • CTRL / CMD + ALT + Y – New Adjustment layer
  • CTRL / CMD + Y – New Solid
  • SHIFT + CTRL / CMD + Y – Solid Settings
  • CTRL / CMD + d – Duplicate
  • ENTER Key – Rename Layer or Comp
  • Space Bar – Hand Tool
  • F9 – Easy ease
  • Right Arrow – Move layer one frame forward (Make sure layer is selected)
  • Left Arrow – Move layer one frame back (Make sure layer is selected)
  • PAGE UP – move one frame back
  • PAGE DOWN – move one frame forward
  • SHIFT + PAGE UP – move 10 frames back
  • SHIFT + PAGE DOWN – move 10 frames forward
  • CTRL + SHIFT + H = Hide Masks and layers outlines


Royalty Free Music – Free to use

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Some royalty free music I made. Feel free to use in your projects. Download information is below the videos. You can download for free at the links. The password is “filmmaker,” if you want to download for free. You can also pay the CAD$ 5, which is like US$2, if you like any of them. And if you can’t afford anything at all, just click on an ad or two, and we’ll be even. Cheers 🙂

1. Betrayal

Download Info:
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Value: $5
For Free download, under offer code type: filmmaker

2. Liberation

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3. Badlands

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4. The Chase

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5. Car Stalk

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6. Caution

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7. Fix It

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8. Float

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For Free download, under offer code type: filmmaker

9. Open Sky

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For Free download, under offer code type: filmmaker

10. True Love

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For Free download, under offer code type: filmmaker

11. Realization

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Indie Film Distribution – Some Highlights to remember

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I was doing some websurfing on distribution. I just wanted to write down some key points that I learned for everyone’s benefit:

Minimum Guarantee

One of the key terms to look out for when dealing with a distributor is “Minimum Guarantee,” or MG. This is the amount that your distributor pays you upfront. When a distributor pays you upfront, that means they think they can make money off your film, and that’s why they are willing to accept this upfront cost. If there is no mention of a minimum guarantee, it is an indication that they don’t really value the prospects for your film. Perhaps they want your film just to add it to their “library” of films, and then it sits on their shelf. They get to brag about how they have 1001 movies in their library, but nothing really happens to your film.


Distributors will tell you how much they love your film and how well they think of you and your prospects, and they want to give you 80/20 in your favor of the profits that the film makes. Now that sounds great. But the key thing to understand here is that they’re offering you 80% of the “profits.”

Profit = Sales – Costs

If they include every airplane ticket and every lunch bill and every car rental, and tack it on as a cost to your movie, whatever the sale, costs are always going to be higher than sales, and profits will always be negative. That 80% amount in your favor will always be worthless.

So if you’re accepting any backend deal, make sure that the backend, whether it’s 80/20, or 60/40, or 40/60, or 20/80, that it’s based on “sales” or “revenue,” not “profit.” If it’s based on profits, somebody is trying to dupe you. If they insist on “profit,” just don’t accept the deal. You’ll never see a dime. Throw your film into the river, but don’t give it to a distributor who doesn’t have your best interests at heart.


I’ll update this page as I find out more. So keep checking in.


Indie Film Distribution – IndieFlix Review (preliminary)

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So what is IndieFlix? According to the Founder and CEO Scilla Andreen, Variety calls it the Netflix for Indie Films. The real question for Indie Filmmakers is “What can it do for me?”

After taking a pretty exhaustive look, I think it can do a lot more for the indie filmmaker, than thinking about Netflix can. Indiflix makes its money on a subscription model similar to Netflix. But the way you get paid is based on how many minutes of your film is actually watched.

As an indie filmmaker this may not feel like a solution. What exactly is the difference between putting your film up on youtube and no one watching, and putting it up on CreateSpace and nobody watching, and putting it up on IndieFlix and nobody watching? What is the difference between getting paid through a YouTube ad per view, and getting paid on IndieFlix, if the audience is watching neither?

I would say that the main difference between IndieFlix and say Youtube, in terms of whether you make money or not, is that IndieFlix is going to have less things on it YouTube. The very fact that YouTube has so much content makes it impossible for new entrants to get noticed in 2015. If you think of IndieFlix as YouTube but at a much smaller level, the chances of your film getting watched by an IndieFlix Subscriber is probably higher. But that’s just my thoughts on the subject. Here are some further pros and cons.


  • If your film is half decent, I have a feeling that it will get picked (I haven’t submitted mine yet, but I have a feeling it will qualify. We shall see).
  • You will get paid on a per minute viewing algorithm, which means that you will get paid according to the how many minutes your film is viewed (basically, the more you advertise your film on IndieFlix, the better it is for IndieFlix and you).
  • There are a couple of stories about films that actually made quite a bit of money on Indieflix (I’ll write more on these later)
  • Indieflix has a non-exclusive arrangement with the filmmaker, which allows the filmmaker to do whatever else s/he wishes with the film
  • Unlike iTunes, or Distribber, or VimeoPro there is no fee to get your film into their library.
  • Your film can play on various platforms such as Roku and XBox


  • They’re not going to market your film for you. They’re a technology platform like NetFlix for you to deliver your film. You still have to do your own marketing (This is not a real con, but it’s like any other platform)


The one thing that gives me some pause before I fully recommend it, although I could just think of one con, is the lack of endorsements by filmmakers for IndieFlix. If filmmakers are making money on IndieFlix, why aren’t there more stories of or by filmmakers of how much money they’re actually making on IndieFlix? I’ve googled far and wide for filmmaker experiences with IndieFlix, and have found crumbs here and there but nothing of real substance. That makes me wonder about the enthusiasm in CEO Andreen’s interviews I’ve heard and read. What’s the big secret? Why don’t they publicize their top money making films for the year, in their info for filmmakers?

The worst case scenario is that it doesn’t seem to be any worse than any other distribution platform, and is in fact better than some such as iTunes and Distribber, in the sense that it doesn’t cost anything to get it on the platform. And also the fact that your film won’t be lost amongst thousands of other films is also a plus.

But I will be including it in my distribution planning and will be updating this page. And if any of you know of any inside stories, please comment below for the benefit of others, or email me.

Film Festivals: Should filmmakers bother with them?

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What are the purported purpose of festivals? Supposedly they’re interested in independent film and art, and all kinds of nice things. Is that really true?

Just ask yourself this. When was the last time you heard about some new writer or director being discovered by a film festival? When? I can’t remember anybody being discovered just because they sent in their great film. Almost any film that is chosen or featured by almost any festival of any repute is one that already has backing, either financial or star power.

I put up a picture of Sundance up there, but I’m not really picking on Sundance. All festivals are the same. The new ones may act like they care about the festivals, but they all want to be Sundance. And they all want to cater to Brad Pitt and Tarantino, and not Bill and Joe Shmoe. Just look at the picture above. What does it say underneath the sign? It says That’s the customer of Sundance. The filmmaker is not the customer. And that’s the customer every other smaller festival that wants to be big wants. The filmmaker is the tool.

So what does that mean? The way Sundance makes money is through sponsorships from companies like Southwest. The way companies like Southwest become interested in sponsoring is when they see the likes of Brad Pitt. They are interested in star power. They’re not interested because a bunch of unknown filmmakers are attending.

And that is the goal of every film festival out there. To make more money through sponsorships. And that’s why they’re looking for stars, and not story.

So as an unknown indie filmmaker, should you really be interested in Sundance or it’s ilk? I think it’s a waste of time. Sundance will take your submission fee. And all you will get out of it is the death of hope.