Some of the best training can be done in you own home.
There is information in print on almost every aspect of filmmaking but a few bibles for your shelves might include:
The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook and the Film Producers Toolkit
By Chris Jones and Genevieve Joliffe
A guide to low-budget moviemaking in the UK (and around the world) featuring a step-by-step guide to the filmmaking process from pre- to post-production and Q & A's with industry experts. The accompanying CD-ROM contains draft contracts, production templates and accounting programs.
The Ultimate Filmmaker's Guide to Short Films: Making it Big in Shorts
By Kim Adelman
A step-by-step guide through the process of making a short film, packed with advice on production, exhibition and distribution. However, the information provided does focus upon the American industry and so will not relate to the experience of UK filmmakers at all times.
In Short: A Guide to Short Filmmaking in the Digital Age
By Eileen Elsey and Andrew Kelly
Part history, part status report, part manual - this BFI publication is full of information on distribution, funding, exhibition, festivals, training and publication.
Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking
By Elliot Grove
Elliot Grove is the founder of the British Independent Film Awards, and the founder and director of the Raindance Film Festival. Through his regular Raindance seminars and courses, he has famously lectured to a number of aspiring filmmakers, who subsequently struck it big with films such as Memento and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. This book is packed with tips on filmmaking for the little guy, from making fake blood to securing distribution with the big players.
First Facts 2
By Andrea Cornwell
First Facts 2 is a handbook that provides essential up-to-date information for anyone who is trying to navigate the many training schemes, funding opportunities, organisations, festivals and showcases in order to develop their career more effectively. This second edition also includes an expanded overview of funding for UK features.
UK Film Finance Handbook - How To Fund Your Film 05/06
By Adam P. Davies & Nic Wistreich
Published by Netribution, this is the updated version of 'Get Your Film Funded'. As well as listing information about film funding organisations and opportunities (at both a national and regional level), the handbook also provides case studies and interviews with high-level experienced producers, directors, financiers and exec producers. A great reference guide to funding for anyone making films, from low budget shorts to multi-million pound international co-productions.
Get Your Documentary Funded and Distributed
By Jess Search & Melissa McCarthy (Shooting People)
A comprehensive funding and distribution guide for anyone working in the world of documentary filmmaking. It was compiled and published by the independent filmmaking community, Shooting People, and is full of pratical advice and information on: how the commissioning process works; what funding opportunities are available; which festivals are interested in documentaries and who the main distributors are.