There is an excellent article in Hollywood Reporter on Indie Financing. Everyone should read it. It's titled "How to Beat the Indie Financing System." Click here to read the story.
Which brings me to my next topic. Entertainment periodicals. If you want to produce films, you need to read either The Hollywood Reporter or Variety -- ideally both. If you can't afford them then go to your friend's office who has them and read them there.
When I couldn't afford them, I would take the old issues from friends and read them a week later.
It is so very important to stay up on industry news. You need to know key players in every field of filmmaking and even TV and Books and you should keep up on what movies are getting made and what talent is being cast, etc. Information is so valuable to your career.
Another good source of entertainment news is The Wrap. And their articles are free to read.
So come on everyone, get reading! Start with the article above.