4 Websites to Help You When You Want to Plan a Film or Video

Joshua Lockhart 07-11-2012

Do you like to dabble in creative filmmaking? Perhaps you are just wanting to test the waters of making YouTube 10 Science YouTube Channels You Can't Miss The word science essentially means knowledge, and it is this quest for learning and understanding that has driven mankind to the height of its power. The Web offers ample opportunity to disperse that knowledge to... Read More videos. Either way, I’m sure you know one of the toughest parts of making a video is figuring out a decent plot or topic. In an effort to jumpstart many film hobbyists, there are often tools you can find online to get you going.


All that said, I’ve found a few websites that will help you on your path to filmmaking How To Build Great Video Or Photo Studio Gear With Cheap Household Items YouTube - it sits there, in your browser, throwing new videos at you from big stars like Rihanna, clips from classic comedies, trailers for new movies and the thoughts of Evelyn Smythe, a history professor... Read More . Some of these tools range from the casual and normal concepts to the crazy and exciting ones. Below, you’ll be able to check them out, so go ahead and take a look. There’s a little something for everyone.

Automatic Movie Script Treatment Generator

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Before you even get started with your project, it’s a good idea to write a treatment or a summary to tie all your ideas together. Although not the best solution to create a treatment, Bill Myer’s Automatic Movie Script Treatment Generator could help you get started. Just fill in the blanks and select the appropriate drop-down menu options, and you’ll be more than ready to start writing your script.

The Story Starter

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If you’ve decided to go the proper route and write your own treatment, you’re going to have to put a little more thought into things. As mentioned in a previous article about short story prompts 10 More Websites That Help Cure Writer's Block With Writing Prompts Having a tough time writing? These websites will definitely give you the boost you need. Read More , The Story Starter is a great aid in coming up with concepts or videos. Just click a button, and the website will randomly generate the a lead-in for you with 2,667,073,500 possible Story Starters to choose from!


I would recommend using these sentences for dialogue or maybe even an introduction to a treatment. However, I would recommend that you just use them as a launch-pad.

Incompetech’s Free Online Graph And Storyboard Paper

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If you’ve been on Incompetech’s website before, you’ll know that it has a a lot of free film music to use. However, the site also has some great storyboard How To Create Your Own Basic Music Video There are lots of musical artists waiting to shine, but you are forced to have some form of video to accompany your music. Thankfully, it's not hard to make your own online video content. Read More templates. Just plug in the size of your paper as well as the aspect ratio of your film, and you’ll be good to go. Furthermore, there are options to add slugs and headers, and beyond that, you can change the colors of the lines for each box.

It’s a pretty great tool if you don’t feel like drawing out each little box yourself, so I would go ahead and save yourself time by printing the sheets off here.



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In a similar fashion as to Billy Myers’ tool, the Movie Plot Generator will help you come up with a nice film plot by just filling in the blanks. As someone who likes options, I would just keep this link on standby if the original tool doesn’t seem to be working for you. Furthermore, this website creates a nice, condensed version of the film plot, and it could be used indirectly as a writing prompt generator 6 Places You Can Find Great Creative Writing Prompts Writing can be difficult, and it’s not only full-time writers who suffer from "writer’s block". Students have papers to write. Programmers have documentation to write. Teachers have curriculums to write. Marketing agents have advertisements to... Read More .


These are just a few websites to help you out while planning your film project. However, they are all designed to help you out with the preliminary stages.

What websites do you use to plan for films or videos? Have you made your own films or videos before?


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  1. Joshua Lockhart
    November 12, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Have they made anything? I'd love to see it.

  2. Chaos Emperor
    November 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    And what is resuce?

  3. Chaos Emperor
    November 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Need help what is how may item?

  4. Yudono Ra
    November 9, 2012 at 2:48 am

    it's all good refferences for all you aspiring film maker :)

  5. Guest
    November 8, 2012 at 5:01 am has now expanded its "storied" self-publishing services to -- get this -- movie studios. This isn't a "vanity service" like the scams at Writer's Digest, which usually require you to pay in upwards of $10K for the "promise" of pitching your book to some anonymous producer at some allegedly reputable conference. Accounts are free with Amazon Studios and they are bringing the Amazon name to a partnership with WB Distribution. Had a look at some of the pitches, and some of them seem pretty good. Check them out at, and break a leg! :-)

    • Joshua Lockhart
      November 12, 2012 at 5:40 am

      I think I've seen that. Very cool.

  6. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

    The classic Proust questionnaire will help you flesh out your characters a little bit.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      November 12, 2012 at 5:39 am

      Fleshing out characters always seems a bit difficult.