Indy Mogul – Excellent Youtube Source

Hi Folks,

Youtube is a massive wealth of info for filmmakers.

One great channel is

Indy Mogul has a bunch of effects related stuff which is probably beyond your projects, however there are plenty of good lighting tutorials and lots of DIY tips on how to get more with less.

Also good is

Both channels are fronted by hyperactive American guys that speak very quickly. However, there is good stuff there.

Try searching adding ‘pre-production’ to your searches for a more specific set of videos.



Short Film – Story Structure

While he is quite annoying, this guy is quite good at breaking down short film structure.

Although his examples aren’t often Horror movies the same rules generally apply.

THE TEN STEPS – A Film Treatment

Hey folks. Here is a very simple Horror movie (a bit dated yes), but one that is effective and would have been very easy to make.

Watch it and then read the treatment below. It will help you to write your own treatment once you have come up with your own idea.

Below is an example ‘treatment’ of the story. A treatment is basically a short outline of what happens in the film. Imagine the film written as a short story.

Read the treatment and use it as a basis to write your own. You should try and put as many details of the events in as possible.


Come up with a TITLE

A LOG LINE (a very brief synopsis of your story)

Finally write the treatment.