links: November 2007 Archives


Finding high-quality royalty-free photographs you can use in your film can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. This post at the Presentation Zen blog provides a terrific list of links.

We’d add Flickr to that list; there, you can search for pictures published under Creative Commons licenses, many of which you could use in your SciCast film. Anything that’s ‘Attribution’, ‘Attribution Non-commercial’ or ‘Attribution Non-commercial Share-alike’ is OK for us (the ‘no-derivs’ licenses won’t work — you’re not allowed to change the picture by, for example, cropping it to fit in your movie).

Just remember to add a note in your film’s credits explaining the source of the stills: ideally, provide a link to the page from which you snagged the image.

Me and my movie.pngWe're not the only ones running a web video competition, of course. One that ran over the summer is CBBC's Me and My Movie. The site (nominated for an interactive BAFTA last night, no less) is very slick, though frustratingly slow to use when you're trying to find something specific. There also aren't very many films, at least that I could find.

Probably the best part for SciCasters is the excellent film-makers' pack, a PDF download that's beautifully designed, and full of useful hints and tips on making your own films. Click 'How to' to get it at the CBBC site, or bypass the nifty animation via this link (right-click to download).

My only caveat is that it's written very much for people making drama. SciCast films (usually) need a whole lot less planning – you're better off just getting on with it, then using any spare time you have while editing to think about whether you need to re-shoot any part of your film.

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