Below are links to supplement the IFP Microbudget Filmmaking course. If you haven't taken the workshop and you're not sure where to start, try the books first!



Film and Video Budgets 6th Ed.

The Independent Film Producer's Survival Guide: A Business and Legal Sourcebook (3rd ed.)

Producer to Producer: A Step-By-Step Guide to Low Budget Independent Film Producing

Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry: From Negotiations to Final Contracts (3rd Ed.)

Clearance & Copyright: Everything You Need to Know for Film and Television (4th ed.)

Contracts for the Film & Television Industry (3rd ed.)

The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers

Think Outside the Box Office



Alternative Scriptwriting: Beyond the Hollywood Formula, 5th Ed.

The Filmmaker's Handbook

Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics

Film Craft Course: The Location Sound Mixer  




Ikan Small Interview Kit Can fly under your seat as carry-on, small lights are battery powered, which comes in handy in tricky locations.

Marantz PMD661 Audio Recorder - Easy-to-use, solid state recording with 2 XLR inputs

Zoom H6 Handy Recorder - Easy-to-use, solid state recorder with built-in mics and XLR inputs

Schoeps Colette - The Cadillac of Microphones for location audio

Sennheiser ME64 Microphone - with K6 Power Module - inexpensive mic for on-board or boom work

Sennheiser ew 100 ENG G3 - Wireless Lavalier Microphone Combo System

Manfrotto 504HD - w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System - Great fluid-head tripod for a range of camera weights

MeFoto GlobeTrotter - Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod Kit - Light-weight, compact tripod



Why Make a Microbudget Film? - Filmmaker Magazine

IFP Screen Forward Screening Series Films

John Cassavetes Award - Independent Spirit Award Nominees (Wikipedia)


Copyright and Public Domain - Helpful Resources - Self-Reliant Film

15 Steps To Take After You Finish Your Script - Filmmaker Magazine

A Massive List of Upcoming Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About - No Film School

How Films at Sundance Are Kickstarting Their Way to Better Distribution - No Film School

How to Find a Producer - Filmmaker Magazine

List of 100+ Indie Producers - NoFilmSchool

Producers Code of Credits - P.G.A.

Code of Credits - Theatrical Motion Pictures - Producers Guild of America

Here's How to Crowdfund Successfully - Indiewire

8 Things I Learned From My (Failed) Kickstarter Campaign - Indiewire

Guide to Creating an LLC for Your Independent Film - FilmmakerIQ

Filing and Amending a Form D Notice - SEC

SEC Rule 504 / SEC Rule 505 / SEC Rule 506

Can a "Friends and Family Round" include Non-Accredited Investors? - Strictly Business

13 Ways to Cast A-List Actors in Microbudget Films - Filmmaker Magazine

SAG Contracts Summary - SAG Indie



Insurance for Filmmakers (place #1) - Fractured Atlas

Insurance for Filmmakers (place #2)- Film Emporium

Script Breakdown - HowToFilmSchool

A Step-by-Step Guide for Breaking Down a Script for Production - No Film School

Scenechronize - Free online scheduling software

5 Tips to Find Professional Crew to Work for Free - No Film School

How to Find, Hire and Work with Crew When You're On a Budget - Vimeo

10 Steps to Setting Up a Payroll System - US Small Business Administration

The Five Payroll Basics Every Employer Should Know - Square TownSquare Business Resource Center

How to do Payroll Taxes and Process Payroll Yourself - Square TownSquare Business Resource Center

Storyboard Template - Self-Reliant Film

So You Can't Afford a Wardrobe Designer - Filmmaker Magazine

When a Permit is Required and Fee Info (in NYC) - Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment

Do You Need To Remove Company Logos From Your Film? - No Film School

Legally Speaking: Trademarks in Film - Script

Is That Fair (Use)? Third Party Trademarks in Film, Print, Video Games and other Media - Bennett Law Office

Every Filmmaking Form You'll Ever Need - No Film School

A Dozen Useful, Low-Budget Camera-Related Items - Self-Reliant Film

15 Essential (and Inexpensive) Tools for Wardrobe, Hair, & Make-Up - Self-Reliant Film

DIY Catering Part I: 5 Essential Tools under $50 for Low-Budget Film Catering - Self-Reliant Film

DIY Catering Part II: 4 Easy Ways to Go Green(er) - Self-Reliant Film



Freeware, Shareware, and Cheap Mac Software for Filmmakers

10 Stages of Post-Production, from Data Storage to Deliverables


Five Film Reviewers On Screening Films - Filmmaker Magazine

Five Film Reviewers Advise Filmmakers - Filmmaker Magazine

50 Unmissable Film Festivals - Variety

10 Best Fests: A Directory - IndieWire

9 Tips for Maximizing Your Film's Success on the Festival Circuit - IndieWire

5 Tips for Filmmakers on How to Navigate the Film Festival World: An IFP Film Week Report - IndieWire

When To Say No to a Festival - The Film Collaborative

A Conversation with Alex Ross Perry - Hammer 2 Nail

How To Understand and Negotiate a Film Distribution Contract - Filmmaker Magazine

Declaration of Independence: The Ten Principles of Hybrid Distribution - IndieWire

How a Small Distribution Company Gave a Tiny Holiday Movie a Successful Release - Sundance Institute

When Leaving Distribution Offers on The Table is Your Film's Best Bet - Sundance Institute

Nine Lessons for Self-Distributing Filmmakers with No Money and No Experience - Filmmaker Magazine

IndieGame The Movie: The Case Study


Biggest Challenge, Best Lesson: I Believe in Unicorns Director Leah Meyerhoff - Filmmaker Magazine

Making the Last Fuji Super 16 Feature: Leah Meyerhoff on 'I Believe In Unicorns' - Filmmaker Magazine

Memories of Afterdevelopment: John Magary on Making The Mend - Filmmaker Magazine

“The Odds Were in Our Favor to Fail”: Krisha at the BFI London Film Festival - Filmmaker Magazine

Family Plot: David Lowery Interviews Krisha Writer/Director Trey Edward Shults - Filmmaker Magazine

Behaving Badly in Nathan Silver’s Stinking Heaven - Filmmaker Magazine

The LOL Team: SRF Interview - Self-Reliant Film

New Voices: An Interview with Josephine Decker - The Notebook

How the Filmmakers Behind Sundance Hit 'Tangerine' Shot on an iPhone & Got Cinematic Results - No Film School



IFP - The Independent Filmmaker Project

SAG Indie: Sample Contracts and Resources Page

©opy®ight: A Few Helpful Links

Fractured Atlas

Fractured Atlas - Discounts