Filmmaking Resources

Websites To Jump-Start Your Filmmaking Education

NoFilmSchool – a prolific site with lots of inspiration
Vimeo Video School – great for the basics of filmmaking
TheFrugalFilmmaker – a good blog for DIY filmmaking ideas
Indy Mogul – great for DIY filmmakers as well, starring Griffin Hammond, who started his filmmaking career in our community
Film Riot – entertaining and visual educational videos for filmmakers
Philip Bloom – blog by a professional cinematographer
Hurlblog – blog with advanced information by a professional cinematographer

Borrow Our Filmmaking Kit – supported by   FNG_WHITE

Through the generous support of Flex-N-Gate, and the assistance of Adorama and F&V Lighting the Champaign-Urbana Film Society has been able to purchase a filmmaking kit – which includes a Blackmagic Pocket Camera, lenses, audio gear, LED light kit, and a Macbook laptop loaded with Final Cut Pro X, which has been made available exclusively for student use. Educators can contact the film society directly or by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.

Filmmaking Kit Release [PDF]

Recommended Settings Guide

What’s Included in the Filmmaking Kit?

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is a great tool for independent filmmakers – small enough to carry around, but advanced enough to create a truly cinematic image.
Manual (PDF)
Video: Focus Tutorial
Video: Using SD Cards

Zoom H4n

The Zoom H4n is a two-channel sound recorder that has built-in stereo microphones and ports to connect to external microphones. Easy to use and professional-grade.
Operation Manual (PDF)
Video: Quick Start
Video: Tutorial

F&V 1×1 BiColor LED Studio

These LED panels are great for easy lighting setup. Lighting your scene is *imperative* for good image quality.
Video: Three Point Lighting Tutorial

Apple MacBook Pro

A computer with a graphics card is important for analyzing your videos, editing them, and other fun things like special effects!
User Guide (PDF)

Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X is Apple’s easy-to-learn professional video editing software.
User Guide (PDF)
Video: Basic Tutorial
More Tutorials

Filmmaking Kit Checkout Form

The checkout form is temporarily inactive; to request the Filmmaking Kit, please contact