The Best Cheat Sheets for Filmmakers
Are you looking for a quick guide to script formatting or screenplay structure, digital video resolutions, Twitter image size, the Facebook blue… Filmsourcing’s collection of the best filmmaker’s cheat sheets is here to help!
This is a list that will continue to grow over time. Any feedback or suggestions are welcome.
All Cheat Sheets at a Glance
Screenwriting Cheat Sheets
Camera Cheat Sheets
Film Marketing Cheat Sheets
Screenwriting Cheat Sheets
Where to Read Screenplays
Reading screenplays is a great way to learn screenwriting. There are many online databases where you can download movie & TV scripts for free. You will have to bear some unsightly advertising, though. And it pays to check that you’re reading the original screenplay, not a transcript written by someone else.
Internet Movie Script Database
Script Format Cheat Sheet
Even when using a scriptwriting software, you need to remember a few formatting rules. Avoid guesswork by checking these screenplay format slides.
Low Budget Screenwriting Checklist
Writing a low budget film? Check your screenplay against this list of elements that can potentially raise the production costs.
The most important part of your screenwriting, THE REWRITING, is best done in manageable steps. Here’s a great list of things to focus on during each of those rewriting rounds.
Camera Department Cheat Sheets
DOF simulator – Depth of Field Calculator
Bokeh simulator & depth of field calculator. This is awesome!
Focal Length Cheat Sheet
Knowing how much of your scene you can capture at each lens’ focal length is a conundrum every photographer has come up against. Cheat sheet by Digital Camera World
Shutter Speed Cheat Sheet
Find the right shutter speed for every situation. By Digital Camera World.
Canon L Lenses Guide
The cheat sheet gives you an idea of how zoomed in each one of the different L series lenses is. Guide by Sarah Ainsworth.
Anamorphic Prime Lens Chart
Tom Fletcher, author of the very informative and well regarded Camera Comparison Chart has published a new comprehensive reference, the 2016 Anamorphic Prime Lens Chart. Read here.
Filmmaking Lingo Cheat Sheets
Glossary of Grip & Gaffer Terms
Crews in different regions have their own set of terms, but this is pretty handy list by filmandvideolights.com.
Glossary of Lighting Terms
A glossary of lighting terms from Ross Lowell’s book, Matters of Light & Depth.
Social Media Cheat Sheets
Up-to-Date Guide to Social Media Image Sizes
Whether you are looking for designing your social media profile or just want to get the correct image share sizes, facebook banner sizes, twitter cover photo sizes, this is the sheet for you. All in one Google Drive document. Provided by Sprout Social, which means that it is better to be the latest information…
Best and Worst Times and Days to Post Social Media Updates
Whether you’re planning out every frame or just outlining a few difficult scenes, a storyboard is your friend.
Social media colors
Facebook Blue: #3b5998 (More Facebook branding)
Twitter Blue: #55acee (More Twitter branding)
YouTube Red: #cd201f (More Youtube branding)
Linkedin Blue: #0073b2
Instagram Blue: #517fa4
Pinterest Red: #cb2128
Google+ Red: #dd4b39 (More about G+ branding)
Social media colors #2
Vine Green: #00ac7f (More about Vine branding)
Snapchat Yellow: #fffc00
Quora Burgundy: #a82400
Tumblr Turquoise: #35465d (More about Tumblr branding)
VK Blue: #4e729a
Vimeo Blue: #1ab7ea (More about Vimeo branding)
Flickr Pink: #ff0084
Social Kit – social media photoshop plugin
Cover images for social media, profile pictures and more in a free up-to-date Photoshop plugin.