From this page you can download an assortment of forms, documents and software related to filmmaking. These were assembled from various web sites and to the best of my knowledge are free for you to use without limitations unless otherwise indicated. If you believe an item available from this page should not be available for distribution in this form please let me know and I will remove it at once.
Literary Option & Purchase (pdf)
Non Disclosure Agreement (text)
Non Disclosure Agreement (pdf)
Basic Actor Info Sheet for auditions (Word)
Actor Contract (Word)
Actors Release Form (rtf)
Standard Release Form (rtf)
Materials Release Form (rtf)
Location Release Form 1 (rtf)
Location Release Form 2 (rtf)
General Release Form (rtf)
Script Breakdown Sheet (pdf)
Storyboard Template, 4-up (pdf)
Storyboard Template (jpg)
Storyboard Template, horizontal (pdf)
When you want to sell your film you will need to have a cue sheet of all the music used in your film. Download an example cue sheet in PDF format and a blank cue sheet in Excel format from the ASCAP site where you will also find an explaination and FAQ.
16x9 letterbox (jpg)
FBI warning (jpg)
FBI warning (jpg)
Focus Chart (jpg)
Official Selection (jpg)
Preview Notice (jpg)
Rated R (jpg)
ScreenPro (shareware $10) The winner by far on the screenplay shareware front is Jack Passarella`s ScreenPro97. A fully featured template/add-in for Word 97, ScreenPro97 is the tool with which the indie filmmaker can easily bash out the next "Reservoir Dogs". And a measely $US 10.00 registration (including postage) gives you access to ScreenPro`s Script Analysis Tools, to help your script achieve tightness not turkeyness.
ScreenForge (shareware $45) ScreenForge v1.1a is a combination of three MS Word templates that work together to create a Script Cover page, Title/Fly page, and the Screenplay itself. It has been designed with the formatting rules outlined in the book, The Complete Guide To Standard Script Formats Part I: The Screenplay, by Hillis R. Cole, Jr., and Judith H. Haag. The Screenwriter's Bible, by David Trottier, also contributed some useful screenwriting elements. ScreenForge provides the means to easily write a screenplay in the accepted Hollywood format. It frees the writer to concentrate on the expressive craft of writing rather than the rigid rules of formatting, while maintaining the familiar interface and functionality of MS Word.
Final Draft (demo or free trial) Use your creative energy to focus on the content; let Final Draft take care of the style. Final Draft is the number-one selling word processor specifically designed for writing movie scripts, television episodics and stage plays. It combines powerful word processing with professional script formatting in one self-contained, easy-to-use package. There is no need to learn about script formatting rules – Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards as you write.
Movie Magic Screenwriter (demo or free trial) Writer/Producers, TV Sitcom staff, Multimedia creators, and power writers love the supercharged features used by companies that have racked up many Academy Awards and Emmy Award nominations. Movie Magic Screenwriter has consummate format control for screenplay, sit-com, stage play, or multimedia formats with just the TAB and ENTER keys. It’s totally customizable with importing and production features that give you total control.
Page 2 Stage (demo or free trial) is the one screenwriting word processor that works the same way you think. You think in terms of scenes - why use a word processor that thinks only in terms of pages? The movie is a single continuous flow - why use a word processor that thinks only in terms of pages? Page 2 Stage is the one word processor that can work in scenes, work as a continuous flow, or work in pages.
FrameForge 3D Studio (demo or free trial) is a whole new category of storyboard software for pre-planning productions of any kind. Multiple camera previsualization from any possible angle in a 3D virtual set is now within the reach of anyone. FrameForge 3D storyboards simulate and support formats from 16-70mm film to DV equipment with numerous lens apertures and aspect ratio settings.
Storyboard Artist & Storyboard Quick (purchase) Allow you to storyboard your production regardless of your drawing abilities. A great tool! See their online demo.
Movie Magic Budgeting (demo or free trial) is the entertainment industry standard software program worldwide for professional estimators, producers, UPMs, accountants or anyone responsible for estimating and managing the costs of any project. Movie Magic Budgeting is flexible software that allows you to quickly and easily estimate the costs of shooting virtually any production, including a live action or animated, feature, television, commercial or documentary production.
Gorilla Film Production Software (demo or free trial) Producing a movie doesn't have to be difficult! With Gorilla, all of your information can be stored in one place: Budgeting, scheduling, crew, cast, profit-sharing, editing notes, and even film festival submissions. When it's time to create reports, Gorilla can generate over 50 industry-standard reports, from stripboards to breakdown sheets, budget top sheets to variances, your entire production can be run from one program.
The Reel Production Calendar (purchase) allows you to easily create and organize a schedule, whether you’re managing yourself, a department, multiple departments or an entire show. No more limitations on how items in your calendar look, you may use any style, color or size you wish. Forget cutting and pasting hundreds of times when a schedule changes simply push or pull to update your calendar. Now imports Movie Magic Scheduling, EP Scheduling and Final Draft.
SoundEngine Free (freeware) is a simple 2ch wave editing application for mastering and track/sample editing. However, the program has features which more expensive software doesn't have.
Adobe Audition (demo or free trial) Record, mix, edit, and master digital audio files with powerful creation tools that bring flexibility and control to your desktop studio. Adobe® Audition® 2.0 software is the all-in-one toolset for professional audio production for music, radio, and video.
Audacity® (free) Open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.
Pro Tools, Free Editions (free) Get Pro Tools free and experience the power and flexibility of Pro Tools. Using your computer's built-in sound capability, Pro Tools FREE offers up to 8 tracks of audio and 48 tracks of MIDI, real-time plug-ins, and many of the same editing and mixing features the pros use. (For Mac OSX or Windows 95 and previous. Will not work with Windows 2000/XP.)
Avid Free DV (free) Professional DV editing for the enthusiast. Perfect for students, DV camera owners, video enthusiasts or anyone exploring video editing - Avid Free DV software is an easy, free way to join the Avid family and test-drive the industry-standard editing interface used by more professionals than any other video editing solution.
Communities and Showcases
Short Films The Smalls is a Biggest showcase for short films and music. The site aims to create an opportunity for filmmakers and musicians to get their work commissioned. Upload and watch short films. Network with the Film Industry.