The Ultimate List Of FREE Filmmaking Resources

Abigail Calzada

Abigail Calzada

Starting out can get rough. And in this industry going solo is a no go.

Everybody needs a little hand once in a while. And help is always available.

This here my friend, is a growing list of video editing transitions, sound effects, plugins, templates, presets… you name it, we got it! And if we don’t, hook us up and we’ll add ’em here.

Most of these sites offer FREE filmmaking resources. And there’s tons that you can do with that.

Then there’re those out of this world collections.. And man do they slay.

The artists behind these lifesaving assets deserve to get their works’ worth.

Important tip: This here, is a lifesaver. You might wanna bookmark this page, buddy.

So… No need to look any further.

‘Cause whether its for work, a school project, or for expression, this list here has got you covered.

LUTS

 

 

12 Free LUTs from Ground Control – Add LUTs to cart and check out. Must enter email and address.

5 Free LUTs by iwltbap – Free downloads at the bottom of the page.

Filter grade’s Free Cinematic LUTs Pack – 8 free LUTs from download button halfway through the post.

Rocketstock’s 35 Free LUTs – Free download.

10 Free LUTs by Motion Array – Free download at the bottom of the post.

 

TRANSITIONS

 

 

Film Cereal’s Back to the 90s VFX Pack – 100 VFX that are guaranteed to instantly make your videos attention magnets. This collection is a time saver and keeps your content looking fresh.

16 Free Circle Transitions from PremiumBeat – 16 circle transitions designed for After Effects but useable in pretty much any video editing software.

FILM CRUX Transitions Vol. 1 – 24 free drag-and-drop transitions for Adobe Premiere Pro.

Austin Newman’s Travel Film Transition Pack – Includes 4 versions each of the popular travel film transitions: Luma Fade (in & out), Quick Zoom with Motion Blur (in & out), Smooth Spin with Motion Blur and Smooth Warp Transition.

Free Glitch Transitions Vol. 1 by FILM CRUX – 15 free drag-and-drop glitch transitions for Adobe Premiere Pro, and 20 free glitch sound effects.

 

PREMIERE PRO PRESETS

 

 

Austin Newman’s RGB Split Preset – RGB Split effect for a retro VHS look.

Austin Newman’s Retro Preset Pack – Includes 4 retro-stylized effects: Retro Dream, TV Box Lines, VHS Stylize, VHS Stylize (Damaged) and RGB Split.

Austin Newman’s Cinematic Preset Pack – Includes: Cinema Fade (in & out), Cinema Zoom (in & out), Cinematic Desaturate, HD Enhance (Clarity), 4 versions of crop bars (2:39 and 1:85 in 4K and HD).

AFTER EFFECTS PRESETS & PLUGINS

 

 

Film Cereal’s Back to the 90s VFX Pack – 100 VFX that are guaranteed to instantly make your videos attention magnets. This collection is a time saver and keeps your content looking fresh.

15 Free Camera Shake Presets by PremiumBeat – 15 free camera shake presets for Adobe After Effects in both 1080p and 4K.

Animation Composer by Mister Horse – A free After Effects plugin created for motion designers (although great for all filmmakers) that contains over 150 presets in the free version alone.

 

AFTER EFFECTS TEMPLATES

 

 

Film Cereal’s Back to the 90s VFX Pack – 100 VFX that are guaranteed to instantly make your videos attention magnets. This collection is a time saver and keeps your content looking fresh.

Fake VHS After Effects Template – Includes free ‘VCR OSD Mono’ font and project file download.

Digital Distortion by Rockestock – Free download of 9 free digital distortion, glitch and noise effects.

Motion Stacks Free After Effects Templates – A collection of free After Effects templates perfect for motion design, animation and video production.

VashiMorphic40 – Free After Effects template designed to give your films an anamorphic look.

Videezy Free After Effects Templates – A collection of good free title reveals mixed in with templates that are likely useless.

LETTERBOX TEMPLATES

 

 

FILM CRUX Letterbox Templates – Free letterbox templates in 1080p, 4K and 8K based off of the aspect ratios of iconic films like The Revenant and The Hateful Eight.

PremiumBeat’s Free Letterbox Templates – 352 Free letterbox templates in 8K, 4K, 1080p, and everything in between.

VashiVisuals Extreme Widescreen Templates – 56 free widescreen templates in 2K, 3K, 4K, 5K, 6K and UHD.

 

LIGHT LEAKS

 

 

Unity Lite by Rocketstock – 16 free light leaks and 5 free wedding titles.

13 Free 4K Light Leaks from Rocketsock – Free download with email sign-up.

Free Light Leaks Pack by The CreativeDojo – 15 real 1080p light leaks available for free download with social share.

 

FILM GRAINS

 

 

Free 35mm Film Grain by Vegasaur.com – Free 35mm 720p film grain with social network share.

Free 35mm Grain by Gorilla Grain – Free 35mm 720p film grain (medium dirty with hair dirt and flicker), and 3 free film burns with email sign-up.

Free 35mm Film Grain by Holy Grain – Free 35mm film grain with dust and scratches.

Austin Newman’s Super 8mm Film Grain Overlay – Free 8mm film grain overlay, 1960s Film Leader and a Film Burn Transition.

 

SOUND EFFECTS

 

 

Film Cereal’s Stranger Sounds Vol 1 Mini Collection – This is a FREE collection of horror sound effects.

Film Cereal’s Stranger Sounds Vol 1 – 200 horror themed Sound Effects that eliminates your need to spend hours on research and compilation.

Freesound – A great free sound library where all sounds are available for free download under three different licenses.

99 Sounds – An awesome website full of free, high-quality sound effects libraries available to download and use however you’d like. No account necessary.

FreeSFX – A large variety of free sound effects. Sign up for a free account to download as many free sounds as you want.

Free Braaams by FILM CRUX – 11 free original braaam sound effects, not included in SINGULARITY.

ZapSplat – A free sound effects library where sounds are available for free download with attribution.

NoiseForFun.com – A sound effects library where everything is available for free download with attribution (you must place a credit link to NoiseForFun.com).

Sound FX Center – A decent library of free sound effects. However, the page layouts are not great and you may have to right-click the download button and select “download linked file” on Mac to download the sounds.

Sci-fi UI by PremiumBeat – 29 free sci-fi UI computer and HUD sound effects.

Austin Newman’s Transition Sound Pack – 6 transition sound effects compiled from the public domain.

PremiumBeat’s Trailer Construction Kit (Lite) – A free pack of 20 hallmark action trailer sound effects.

Whoosh by FILM CRUX – 22 free transition sound effects or “whooshes”.

45 Free Explosion Sound Effects by ActionVFX – 45 variations of real explosion sound effects available for free download in .WAV format.

15 Free Ambient Sound Effects by PremiumBeat – 15 free ambient background SFX of different environments.

34 Free Water Sound Effects by ActionVFX – 34 real water sound effects available in .WAV format.

36 Free Bullet Hit Sound Effects by ActionVFX – 36 free bullet impact sound effects on 3 different surfaces including 10 bullet flyby sounds. All available in .WAV format.

MUSIC

 

 

Soundcloud – Search for anything you’re looking for like “chill music”. Select “Tracks” in the sidebar. Then go down to “Filter Results” on the sidebar and click the little copyright symbol beside “to listen to” to unfold a dropdown menu. Then select “to use commercially”. This will now filter your results to show you only songs that are available for free commercial use.

digccmixter – A massive music library with almost 4,000 songs available for free commercial use with attribution. They also have songs under attribution non-commercial and paid licenses so make sure to click on a songs title and look at the license info on the right-hand side.

Free Music Archive – A large library of free music hand-picked by established audio curators. It’s all available for instant download under a myriad of different licenses. To see what the license is for a song, just click on the song title. The license information will be available in the sidebar on the right side of the page. More information on the different licenses is available on their FAQ page.

Incompetech – A library of free-to-use music available for instant download as long as the creator, Kevin MacLeod, is credited in the project.

NoCopyrightSounds – A record label with tons amazing free songs available for use in any user generated content by independent creators, as long as the artist, track and NCS are credited, and a link back to the original NCS upload is given.

STOCK FOOTAGE

 

 

Pexels – A good sized library of decent stock videos, all available for free download.

Pixabay – An awesome free stock website with tons of free stock footage, as well as photos, vector graphics and more.

Videezy – A large, free stock footage website with clips available under different free licenses.

Coverr – An outstanding free stock footage site filled with beautiful videos you can use however you’d like.

videvo – A large library of free stock footage all under 3 different types of free licenses.

 

STOCK IMAGES

 

 

Unsplash – The best free stock photo website, period. Unlimited downloads. No account necessary.

Pexels – A free stock photo video and website with a huge collection of high quality images.

Pixabay – A massive library of free photos, videos, vector graphics, illustrations and more.

Wunderstock – A growing community with 3+ million free-to-use images.

3D MODELS

 

 

Video Copilot’s Free Roof Pack – A pack of 3D rooftop elements like rusty pipes, vents and AC Units. Exciting stuff.

Turbosquid – A massive site full of 3D models including tons of free ones.

Star Wars Model Pack by Video Copilot – A pack of Star Wars 3D models like Tie Figthers, X-Wings, Light Sabers, and R2 and BB-Units.

cgtrader – A 3D model marketplace with a ridiculous amount of free ones.

 

VFX RESOURCES

 

 

137 Free Bullet Hole Textures from ActionVFX – 137 bullet hole textures created using real guns and real surfaces on 6 different surfaces: asphalt, concrete, drywall, glass, metal and wood.

Rocketstock’s Action Pack Lite – 25 free action elements for VFX compositing and motion graphics.

Rocketstock’s 4K Volumetric Light and Dust Overlays – 15 free volumetric light overlays and 2 free dust overlays.

Video Copilot’s Particles – 15 720p clips of particle stock footage.

21 Free 4K Fog Overlays by PremiumBeat – 21 free fog elements captured organically in 4K.

15 Free Fractured Glass Textures Vol. 1 from ActionVFX –  15 free real fractured glass textures in 2.5K resolution.

9 Free Bullet Shells from ActionVFX – 9 real spinning bullet shells captured in-camera in 4 different types for both pistols and assault rifles.

15 Free Blood Mists from ActionVFX – 15 real blood mist elements available in 2K at 60fps.

15 Free Burn Mark Textures – 15 real burn mark textured overlays to complement explosion and fire effects.

10 Free Dust Waves from ActionVFX – 10 real dust waves available in 2K.

20 Free Spell Hits from ActionVFX – 20 spell hit elements for magic and sci-fi VFX available for free download in either 2K or 4K.

36 Free Lens Dirt Overlays – 36 real lens dirt overlays available in 2K.

20 Free Smoke Plumes from ActionVFX – 20 real 2K smoke plumes.

FootageCrate – A stock footage website from ProductionCrate that has a lot of decent free VFX elements. Sign up for a free account to download up to 5 free clips a day. Half their content is free and half is only available with a paid ‘Pro’ account.

Film Cereal’s Back to the 90s VFX Pack – 100 VFX that are guaranteed to instantly make your videos attention magnets. This collection is a time saver and keeps your content looking fresh.

Film Cereal’s Bacon VFX Pack – Free VFX for all the random feelings you want to express. Film Cereal’s Benjamins VFX Pack – Free VFX for that money effect you’ve been looking for.

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