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Resources for Filmmakers

Resources

Accessible Filmmaking

FWD-Doc’s Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility: Changing the Narrative of Disability in Documentary Film, covering everything from how to make films more accessible for audiences to how to make the filmmaking process more accessible to team members

Archer’s Mark’s Accessible Filmmaking Guide, in-depth explanations on incorporating captions and audio descriptions into your work

Five pieces of advice from the International Documentary Association (IDA) on adding audio descriptions and captions to your work

StageTEXT’s free digital subtitling training

Matinee’s “Everything there is to know about subtitling” with a great explanation on the difference between subtitles and closed captions

3Play Media’s Ultimate Guide To Closed Captioning

3Play Media’s Ultimate Guide to Audio Description

Shifting the Narrative on Disability

The Framework Institute’s MessageBrief on How to Talk about Disability and Human Rights

OpenGlobalRights’s Guide to Hope-based Communications

The Opportunity Agenda’s Shifting the Narrative, a six-part narrative research study that examines how activists were able to shift cultural thinking and policies on issues ranging from the death penalty to poverty

The Disability Language Style Guide by the National Center on Disability and Journalism, based out of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in the U.S.

Legal Support for Filmmakers

The Student Press Law Center’s guide to copyright safe materials, including photos, music, and more (Note: while this page is geared toward student journalists in the U.S., most of the resources listed are available to students and non-students anywhere in the world.)

The Student Press Law Center’s Copyright and Fair Use FAQ, a useful guide to what is and isn’t copyright protected in the U.S. and other countries

Forms and Sample Documents from Stanford Law School (Scroll down to “artist support programs” to find grant and co-production agreements and more.)

Safety Guidelines for Filmmakers and Journalists

The “Journalist Security Guide: Covering the News in a Dangerous and Changing World” from the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide and defends the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal