Welcome to the AAHSFF Resource Page! Here you will find tips, links and ideas to help you make great films. As always let us know if there is something you'd like to know more about by e-mailing us at info@aahsff.com 

-There are probably kids in your school who are really talented musicians. Don't be afraid to ask them to create original music for your film. Collaboration is a huge part of being a successful filmmaker. 

Visit the below sites to find free music for your film.

CC Mixter


Dan-O composer offering free music

Moby Gratis composer offering free music

Free Sound Track

Pac DV

Public Domain 4 U

Mus Open

Beat Pick

Free Music Archive

Audio Socket


Magna Tune

Beat Pick

Cash Music

Op Sound

Audio Farm


Free Music Public Domain 

909 Music – A Royalty-Free Music marketplace where video producers & music composers can collaborate; the site uses CC-licencing where a number of tracks can be used for free (with attribution).

Adobe Audition Sound FX & Music Loops – Over 20Gb of royalty free musical loops, stingers and sound FX all packed into labelled collections. Note: Requires an Adobe CC Subscription.

FMA – free music archive and CC licensed compositions.

GoSoundtrack – a creative collective of composers focused on music for media, released under Creative Commons Attribution License, meaning it’s free for both commercial & non-commercial use. Custom songs can be requested if you have a project that needs something special added to it.

OpenAir – An Impulse Response Library, under CC-licencing with an ‘Auralization map’ to search for a specific IR data to set reverb according to spatial/space. The library also includes Anechoic Data and resource software for generating acoustic data and utilising the data. Excellent for foley artists and sound designers.

Premium Beat – massive free sound effects pack for film and video trailers.

Producer’s Spot – Sound FX Pack, completely free for all projects, lots of guns/horror/zombie sounds, quality recordings. Also, plenty of free VST plugins, software, loops and other audio production tools

Sonnyboo – free resources including music for filmmakers.

SoundCloud – CC music, loops and sounds. Not all are shared and be careful to check the uploader owns the track before using.

World Hip Hop Beats – Creative Commons licensed instrumentals for educational and non-commercial use.

Youtube Audio Library –free music library for use on micro-budget projects.

ZapSplat – free Sound Library with over 7000 sound fx and foley files that can be used in both commercial and non-commercial works. This is worth bookmarking as the library is continually growing.

***Tutorial on how to copyright your original music*** http://blog.dozmia.com/how-to-copyright-a-song/


Learn the basics in editing with Adobe Premiere. 

Learn the basics in editing with Final Cut Pro. 

Casting Ideas:

-Create audition Flyers and place them around your neighborhood/school

-Post about acting opportunities on social media

-Talk to local colleges about their acting/theater departments



Star Now (New York)

Indie Film Casting

Student Films



*We strongly recommend an adult supervise any interaction son craigslist. Although Craigslist can be a valuable resource it is important to keep safety in mind. 

In this video I go over rack focusing or how to focus manually with your canon t2i or t3i.

http://www.videomaker.com/video There's a lot more to shooting a great scene than just planting a camera somewhere and yelling action. We all want to shoot a scene that can be cut together to achieve great continuity with a good variety of shots. The 180-degree rule is a useful tool to help you achieve this.

When filming you should do everything possible to use an authentic location. This means if your scene takes place in a deli you should try to shoot in an actual deli. Unless your film is about school and/or you have no other options you should try your best not to film in a school. 


1. Don't be afraid to approach a local business and ask to film at their location

2. Be professional, ask to speak with owner or manager, be prepared to answer their questions and always be flexible to their requests as they are doing you a favor. (Explaining you are a student from a local school and that you are happy to give their business a credit at the end of the film should improve your chances) 

3. Important things to keep in mind: ask what time they are least busy, be ready with size of crew, how much film time at location is needed and a simple location release form (references here http://www.videouniversity.com/articles/releases-for-use-in-film-and-video/). 

4. Always keep safety in mind no matter where your location is.