Important Film Production Documents for Students and Indie Filmmakers

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Creating a file of documents for your film is necessary to keep things in order and make sure the film is made in the most economical way. It is also compulsory for most film school courses.

That’s not to say it can’t be tedious and difficult to put together.

Fortunately, a new digital pack of all the important documents has been released to help filmmakers, whether they are just starting out or running an independent company.

They’re called ProFilmDocs¬†and have been working with universities, colleges, indie film companies and legal advisors to build a pack of templates suited to everyone.

OnVideos has an exclusive 20%-off coupon that you can use on a personal license or even an institution license (for schools and companies).

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You can download a free sample pack including Non-Disclosure Agreement, Risk Assessment Form and Guide now: click here (right-click and Save As…)

Video Production Proposal Template and Download

Update: Read this post to find out about a great digital pack of all the film document templates you could possibly want! You can download a new version of the Production Proposal HERE (right-click, Save As…)

A video proposal is essential for explaining and recording what is required by the client and what you will provide. I sometimes call them a treatment, as – for me – they are similar in content. In my experience, however, treatments went alongside a nerve-wracking pitch for a film that nobody really wanted to make but me (until I convinced them, obviously).

A proposal needs some basic information about the what, why, who, how, where and when of the video in question. I have seen quite a few variations and you just need to edit your template until you find one that sits well with you. These can change, project-to-project, but are a good starting point. I have edited the one below a few times and am still updating it on each project I am faced with.

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Filming in Progress Notification Signs and Template Download

Update: Read this post to find out about a great digital pack of all the film document templates you could possibly want! You can download a new version of the Filming in Progress Templates HERE (right-click, Save As…)

Not having a full budget and production team has led me, in the past, to forgetting to have “Filming in Progress” warning signs until the eleventh hour. At which point one is hastily drawn up on the back of a spare sheet of paper in marker pen and taped to a chair: not ideal. Generally people can get annoyed if you don’t have them, some places won’t be happy with you filming without them and most of the time it is just good etiquette.

Sometimes they will attract the wrong sort of attention: people will stop to see what you are doing, instead of behaving as normal and a crowd may gather. Also, I’m not sure where these signs stand legally, whether having them is sufficient enough to film passers-by and use that footage in productions (close-ups and focussing on specific individuals is definitely a no-no and would require release forms) but large companies have used signs that look very similar to the ones that you can download in this post.

I made these up so I can quickly print them out and use them on shoots, changing details as I go. The design is based on images and real life notification signs I have seen and the wording is similar too. In any case, you might want to check with your local laws regarding filming in public, but these are definitely a start. Available in Word, OpenOffice and PDF formats.

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