It’s a big world out there, and Twitter has got it’s fair share of filmmakers and other movie professionals. You can’t possibly find them all let alone follow each and every one, so we’ve whittled down the list to 10 of the best Twitter accounts every filmmaker should follow – whether you’re currently attending film school or already working out in the field, these active accounts can serve as a good source of inspiration and help you take your career to the next level.
New York Film Academy
— NY Film Academy (@NYFA) December 10, 2014
Okay, a little bit of self-promotion here but if you aren’t following the official NYFA account, you’re missing out! Primarily used to keep students updated with news and celebrate their great work, there’s also plenty of advice and inspiration on offer for filmmakers around the world.
NYFA has been a big fan of Film Courage for some time now, not least because they’re a great team but also for the extreme dedication they have for providing free (and quality) advice to independent filmmakers everywhere. Their Twitter account reflects this, offering a lot of practical advice delivered in video format with a dash of much-needed positivity.
Tips For Actors
Great actors can act with their backs. It’s known as ‘backting’. Practice by always having your back to the audience. — Tips For Actors (@Tips4Actors) November 26, 2014
Okay, you only need to take a quick look at Tips for Actors to realize it’s a spoof account, but it’s one of the funniest currently active. There’s nothing quite like a a dose of humor in your Twitter feed when the daily grind of self-promotion gets you down, so go follow Fergus Craig (and maybe buy his book!)
With a rollercoaster career spanning over three decades, what Peter D. Marshall doesn’t know about filmmaking could probably fit on the back of a postage stamp. The good thing is he doesn’t hold back in sharing what he’s learned, either in his official capacity as an instructor or via this Twitter account that every filmmaker should follow.
Ms. Dabis is something of an omni-talent in the industry, having a proficiency in not only filmmaking but also acting, photography and writing. Cherien started out writing on Showtime’s hit series the L World and has come a long way since – follow her latest work via her website, or, of course, via her Twitter account.
I stopped caring about new pop-cultural phenomena around 2007 and now I have no idea what any of you are talking about ever. — Diablo Cody (@diablocody) November 13, 2014
You’ll probably recognize Diablo as the name behind the success story that was Juno, coming right out of the gate with a screenplay that went on to win an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Writer’s Guild award and a whole host of others. Whether she’s talking about cinema or simply things that get on her nerves, Cody’s tweets are irreverent, candid and often pretty hilarious.
Ondi’s passion for film is infectious, and that alone earns her a place on the list of Twitter accounts every filmmaker should follow. A true champion of the arts, and worth keeping up with especially if you’re a creator (or fan) of documentary filmmaking.
Me thinks we need less talk about how to distribute microbudget movies and more about the craft, to make them worthy of an audience. — Zak Forsman (@zakforsman) November 21, 2014
Zak is another essential to add to your follow list, particularly if you want to master the tricky art of distribution and budgeting. Relatable anecdotes and useful advice for filmmakers following in Zak’s footsteps abound, so do follow if you’re mystified by the business end of the craft.
I don’t consider what I do to be a campaign, because it is ongoing, every day. Conversation not messaging #postchat
— Sheri Candler (@shericandler) November 13, 2014
Candler literally wrote the book on how to market and sell movies (Selling Your Movie Outside the US), and as an expert at social media outreach her Twitter feed is a goldmine of info on what to do… and, possibly more important, what not to do when it comes to getting your movie out there.
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) November 29, 2014
Kevin Smith is a man that needs no introduction here given that he’s made a career out of not only making movies with an indie mindset, but also for being outspoken in his critique of the art form and the industry around it. Never one to pull his punches, Smith is a nerdy breath of fresh air in a world that often takes itself too seriously.