I’ll try and add to this as time passes – it’s a fairly basic list at the moment. One of the problems I’ve always found with websites is that it’s so easy to visit one and get the vital info for a specific job, then never return – I’m not as thorough with bookmarking as I should be!
(mostly UK based, due to my working experience)
Wikipedia – For background research
Google/Google image search – background research and to see what’s gone before
Metcheck, Met Office – weather forecasts
Multimap, Googlemap, Streetmap, Google Earth – mapping, both at a basic level, and may also point out stuff you might not have noticed that will add to the shot.
AA, RAC, TFL, National Rail, BAA, – useful travel info.
Trainline, Expedia – Travel booking details
Airlines – BA, EasyJet, – Luggage weight restrictions/guidelines, bookings, timetables. Avoid Ryanair, I’ve had nothing but bad experiences with them. You may find this piece on flying with camera gear useful.
Time Now.com – Local times around the world, daylight saving, plus sunrise and sunset.
Film london, GLA – locations permissions
Kemps film and TV – essential production info
Car Rental – Addison Lee – for Taxis within London, Enterprise, Alamo, Nova – for normal car hire.
Calumet, Direct Lighting, Pro centre – Equipment hire
Fixation – Equipment repair.
Lonely Planet, Foreign and Commonwealth office – useful travel info about destinations, safety, voltages, currency etc.
Model agencies – MOT, BMA, Wathletic, are the main ones I use.
Hire Studios (London only, and only ones that I’ve used and can vouch for!)- The Lemonade Factory, Bow Bunker are the 2 that I use most. I’ve also used Alphaville, Holborn, Filmplus, The Worx and The Factory.