April 2, 2014

The Bechdel Rule

One of the most enduring tools to measure Hollywood's gender bias is a test originally promoted by cartoonist Alison Bechdel in a 1985 strip from her "Dykes To Watch Out For" series. Bechdel said that if a movie can satisfy three criteria -- there are at least two named women in the picture, they have a conversation with each other at some point, and that conversation isn't about a male character -- then it passes "The Rule," whereby female characters are allocated a bare minimum of depth...

Alison Bechdel's 1985 'The Rule' comicstrip

The Dollar-And-Cents Case Against Hollywood's Exclusion of Women

July 15, 2013

Open Culture > Free movies online



December 22, 2011

Campaign TV Commercials

The Living Room Candidate
The Living Room Candidate contains more than 300 commercials, from every presidential election since 1952, when Madison Avenue advertising executive Rosser Reeves convinced Dwight Eisenhower that short ads played during such popular TV programs as I Love Lucy would reach more voters than any other form of advertising. This innovation had a permanent effect on the way presidential campaigns are run.

Film Studies BLOG

Film Studies for Free

A pluralist, pro bono, and purely positive web-archive of examples of, links to, and comment on, online, Open Access, film and moving image studies resources of note. Check out this blog by Catherine Grant

October 28, 2010

Pre-Production Tips from Film Riot

Film Riot is a little obnoxious, but they offer some good tips for low-budget filmmaking...
(Too bad about all the ads in between)

Tools for Indie Film Production

Visit the Dependent Films Download Center for tons of helpful forms and tools that will help you organize your teamwork on your short film project:

Download the forms that are useful to your team...
Shot list
Release forms
Daily Continuity Log
Storyboard template

and MANY more great FREE documents!

Another source for Free Forms Here:

January 22, 2010

The Archive > Films Online

The Archive
The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

Feature films and shorts

Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films.
Archive Mash-ups

The Film Wall
TFW or thefilmwall is a social website to get links to watch free movies online. We grow with your contributions of movies links. You can upload and share movies links to your favorite movies...

September 9, 2009

Sita Sings the Blues

full movie is viewable for free on the internet

Wholphin Short Films

web shorts viewable here

May 4, 2009

Free Music Archive

Looking for music to use in your student film?

Read about the Creative Commons licensing of music found here

Free Music Archive

Creative Commons > source for sharing

Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.

We provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.

February 18, 2009

Links + Resources

IFP Minnesota