Here I will collect relevant information that I
didn't include in the Nuts and Bolts book. Most of this information
comes from my own direct on-set experience.
Shooting Food Here are some tips that will help you film food for everything from dinner scenes to food fights.
Dan's Top 10 Tips for Short Film Makers Here are some guidelines that will help you make your short films the best they can be.
Adam and Amy storyboarding Templates The Adam actor and Amy actress useful for storyboarding in Nuts and Bolts are included here in both GIF and PDF form.
Free Script Templates Downloadable screenplay/script templates for film, television, and radio.
The downloads section contains free downloads of
templates, information, and other items. Most of these items are
from my Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking book. Feel free to use them, but I
maintain copyright on them.
Frame ratio template N & B Filmmaking shows the various proportional screen ratios (television, Mini-DV, 16mm, etc.). Here are the templates in both Acrobat PDF and GIF format.
Depth of Field
Spreadsheet N&B Filmmaking includes instructions
of building a using a DOF chart. Download the Excel file here!
Location Scouting template N&B Filmmaking includes location scouting instructions and a
template for evaluating locations. Download the template here!
Slate template N&B Filmmaking includes instructions for storyboarding on making
a film slate/clacker. Here is the template for the character slots
of the slate. Download the template here!
Adam Actor, Amy
Actress In the storyboarding chapter of Nuts and
Bolts Filmmaking, you're introduced to Adam Actor and Amy Actress.
Here are the basic templates for these storyboarding characters in
Adobe Illustrator format. Download them here!
The Free Screenplays & Scripts section holds some of
the short scripts that I've written that you can use for your own
films. If you want to shoot them yourself, please do at no cost
(just a screenwriting credit, please). If you want to modify/adapt
them and shoot them, please do at no cost (you must still list me as
a co-writer ;-) though). If you do shoot a film based on one of my
scripts, send me some information about it and I'll help you promote
My Living Memory
A ghost story script with a little Twilight Zone in it (19
Printing Trouble The first short film I shot. This taught me a lot about filmmaking and was great preparation for starting to work in Hollywood. It gave me a great idea of how much I didn't know. (14 pages)
Interview with screenwriter Jack Sekowski Also includes free download of a produced script
A small script that I shot as a proof-of-concept for some motion
graphics I was working on. Good for a super-short short (2 pages) -- Coming soon