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Call sheets. Budgets. Contracts. Storyboard templates. Set diagrams.

Even in this age of paperless workflows, making a movie still requires a ton of paperwork. Thankfully, filmmakers across the web (including us) have made useful documents available to download for free…

The folks at Dependent Films have done filmmakers everywhere a huge favor by posting a lot of the legal and organizational documents needed to make a film. A real treasure trove. Check it out.

Screenwriter and director John August’s website has tons of script examples and some other useful documents, too.

Cast and Crew Call made nice one- and two-page call sheet templates.

Sonnyboo‘s got more free forms, plus handy images like:

FilmmakerIQ made a very, very long list in 2009. If you can’t find something in the below list of free filmmaking documents, you might check FIQ’s list.

Some filmmaking books, like The Guerrilla Filmmakers Handbook have free documents on a companion website.

All this free documentation has inspired us to post some documents of our own. Now enjoy free film budget templates and more, complements of Making the Movie.

To help you find what you’re looking for, documents are organized below with direct links. But do be sure to visit the aforementioned websites, which have a ton more.

It probably goes without saying, but no representation is made that any documents are legally sound. Hopefully you can find a lawyer who fits your film’s budget to look over and revise any documents that might have to hold up in court.


Film Budget Top Sheet Template – Google Doc (Making the Movie)
Film Budget Top Sheet Template – Microsoft Excel .xls (Making the Movie)
Film Budget Template – Microsoft Excel (Dependent Films)
Production Budget Template – .pdf (Dependent Films)
Sample Budget – Microsoft Excel .xls (Sonnyboo)


Basic Actor Info Sheet for Auditions – .rtf (Sonnyboo)
2 column corporate screenplay – .rtf (Sonnyboo)
Continuity Synopsis Sheet – Microsoft Excel .xls (Dependent Films)
Daily Progress Report – Microsoft Excel .xls (Dependent Films)
Location Scouting Sheet – .pdf (Dependent Films)
Script Breakdown – Microsoft Excel .xls (Dependent Films)
Screenplay Templates .zip – Microsoft Word .dot (Sonnyboo)
Script Template .zip – Microsoft Word (Dependent Films)
Script Maker Template .zip – Microsoft Word (Dependent Films)
Storyboard 15 x 16×9 frames – .gif (Dependent Films)


Actors day out of days, Call Sheet, Cast list, Contact List Top Sheet, Continuity sheet, Crew list, Daily Progress Report Sheet, Descriptions of Paperwork, Locations checklist, Movement order, Petty cash Advance receipt, Petty Cash Expense report, Product Release Form, Production Checklist, Production Gratuities Form, Script Breakdown sheet, Sound Report – .doc (Guerilla Filmmakers)
Call Sheet – .rtf (Sonnyboo)
Call Sheet – Microsoft Excel .xls (Dependent Films)
Basic Principles of Stereoscopic 3D – .pdf (Sky)
Call Sheet – 2 page Excel for PC (Cast and Crew Call)
Call Sheet – 2 page Excel for Mac (Cast and Crew Call)
Call Sheet – 1 page PDF and Google Doc (Cast and Crew Call)
Cast Contact Sheet – Microsoft Excel .xls (Dependent Films)
Crew Contact Sheet – Microsoft Excel .xls (Dependent Films)
Daily Continuity Log – Microsoft Excel .xls (Dependent Films)
Daily Production Report – Microsoft Excel .xls (Dependent Films)
Field Tape Log – .pdf (Dependent Films)
Script Supervisor Notes – Microsoft Excel .xls (Dependent Films)
Shot List – .pdf (Dependent Films)


Depiction Release for Documentary Interview – .docx (Making the Movie)
Literary Option and Sale – PDF (Sonnyboo)
Actor Contract – Microsoft Word .doc (Sonnyboo)
Producer Agreement – .rtf (Sonnyboo)
Talent Release Form – .pdf (Dependent Films)
Sample Performer Release – .txt (Dependent Films)
Nondisclosure Agreement aka NDA – PDF (Sonnyboo)
Actors Agreement, Composers Agreement, Crew Agreement, Location Release Form, Performers Consent, Release Form, Screenplay Deed of Assignment, Screenplay Option Agreement – .doc (Guerilla Filmmakers)
Location Agreement – .rtf (Sonnyboo)
Location Contract – .pdf (Dependent Films)


Universal Leader (Making the Movie) – The countdown that goes at the head and tail of a “film” reel.
Daily Editors Log – Microsoft Excel .xls (Dependent Films)
Editing Log – .pdf (Dependent Films)
Music Cue Sheet – .rtf (Sonnyboo)
Test Screening Feedback (John August)
Preview Screening Questionnaire (Making the Movie)

Still can’t find what you need? If you can’t find the contract you need for free, I recommend seeing if it is in Contracts for the Film and Television Industry by Mark Litwak. Modifying Litwak’s generic contracts is a great (cheap!) alternative to those websites where you pay $50-500 per contract template.

Form filling has never been so fun! Happy printing and happy filmmaking!


  1. So useful for my University!


  2. Thanks for this. Do you have a license for music yet? I can’t find one, and need for music already recorded, music being re-mastered for us specifically, and one for music recorded live on set, where we hired a band. Thanks.

  3. Nilesh ghumare

    May 9, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    thanks for this page. it’s very use full for me. i from India. still working in commercial film as asst. director. thank u.

  4. Matthew Scatterty

    November 17, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Thanks for this! Do you have any forms that are used for categorical note-taking while reviewing rough cuts of the film with the director, producer, editor, etc). The notes are regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the different aspects of the current rough-cut (flow, continuity errors, talent performance, etc) – essentially what is to be improved upon and what is to be left as is.

    Any suggestions or contributions would be greatly appreciated!

  5. is there a sheet for financial plan?

    Thank you

  6. This is most useful, many thanks for your site and sharing your experience and ideas.

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