Ahhh, Twitter—the closest we’ll ever come to coffee with Peter Jackson or a depressed Darth Vader. But we all know it’s more than just a venue for parody and shameless self-promotion.
Cutting through the thick fog of sarcasm and selfies, there is a wealth of great sources for free filmmaking advice on Twitter. Here are some of our favorites:
Twitter handle: @PhilipBloom
Follower count: 98,800+
Why you should follow him: Bloom is widely known for his knowledge in extracting cinema-quality footage from low-budget cameras. As a result, he’s used DSLRs to shoot scenes for major film studios and is currently filming a new travel documentary series for CNN.
What he tweets about: hardware reviews, tips and tricks, film wins and fails, and Q&As.
— Philip Bloom (@PhilipBloom) December 1, 2014
No Film School
Twitter handle: @nofilmschool
Follower count: 39,600+
Why you should follow them: No Film School is a global network for filmmakers interested in learning from each other. Their goal: to share the “stories that make us better filmmakers,” with or without the investment in film school.
What they tweet about: filmmaking basics, news, inspiration, and tutorials.
— No Film School (@nofilmschool) November 22, 2014
Twitter handle: @OnePerfectShot
Follower count: 97,600+
Why you should follow them: Perfect Shots presents the highest achievements in filmmaking one frame at a time, highlighting the best individual frames from cinema history. You’ll never look at Beverly Hills Cop II the same way.
What they tweet about: brilliant film scenes.
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990) Director of Photography: Stefan Czapsky | Director: Tim Burton pic.twitter.com/rPgfZQRiXf
— One.Perfect.Shot. (@OnePerfectShot) November 5, 2014
Twitter handle: @FilmmakerIQ
Follower count: 32,800+
Why you should follow them: Filmmaker IQ is another popular filmmaker’s network (complete with online forums) that aims to promote the art of film by way of education. Their overarching belief is that equipment is important, but not nearly as important as story and theory.
What they tweet about: in-depth lessons, multi-part explanations, and expert interviews.
Understanding The 180 Degree Rule http://t.co/uHMS63PQEH
— FilmmakerIQ.com (@FilmmakerIQ) November 26, 2014
Twitter handle: @evanluzi
Follower count: 4,300+
Why you should follow him: Luzi’s filmmaking advice is rather unique and admirable in that it’s directed specifically toward camera crews. His website The Black and Blue doesn’t cover gear reviews or industry rumors, but instead the ins and outs of spending long hours on actual, real-life films sets.
What he tweets about: career advice, tips and tricks, crew perspectives, and best practices.
— Evan Luzi (@evanluzi) August 14, 2014