Second only to on-set experience, filmmaking blogs are arguably the best way to learn the craft of filmmaking and to be inspired creatively. I have personally learned so much over the years online (as I never went to film school), and always recommend to filmmakers at every level that they consume as much information as they can from credible blogs and resources online in order to continually further their knowledge base. For that reason, I’ve gone ahead and made my list of the top 7 filmmaking blogs that you should be following today!
Here we go, in no particular order:
John Brawley is an amazingly accomplished DP based out of Australia, with a list of credits far too large to outline here. As a cinematographer, naturally his blog is oriented towards camera reviews, technical advice, lighting setups and other key topics that provide filmmakers with a wealth of information to learn from. If you are a Blackmagic shooter, you should be paying especially close attention to this site, as Brawley was one of the pioneers of Blackmagic’s Cinema Cameras having utilized them on professional/broadcast level projects very early on.
Vincent Laforet’s personal blog was one of the first highly relevant filmmaking blogs that truly offered readers valuable and insightful information on the film industry. Updates on his site don’t come as frequently as some of the other blogs on this list, but Laforet takes a quality over quantity approach and as such every article that he puts out has a lot of substance to it. He covers a wide range of topics from technical know-how to business advice, and all of it comes from real world experience.
Nofilmschool has become the single best news-oriented filmmaking site out there. With multiple articles added every day, this site (founded by Ryan Koo) provides readers with an exceptionally wide-spectrum of filmmaking material every day. Chances are, if you’re reading this list you are already following Nofilmschool, but if you’re not – be sure to check in daily for updates on camera tech, business advice, visual inspiration, reviews, and much more. Nofilmschool curates content from across the web so they are able to deliver to you some of the best material found online on any given day.
The ‘Hurl Blog’ was founded by acclaimed cinematographer Shane Hurlbut in 2009, and has since become an incredibly rich camera based blog dedicated to emerging filmmakers. While you might expect that an ASC level cinematographer who has been working at the top of his game for years would only focus on the highest end of the filmmaking spectrum, Shane makes a concerted effort to make his site accessible to filmmakers of all shapes and sizes. His articles will touch on prosumer level cameras (like the 5D), professional gear (such as the Canon C500), lighting techniques, production tips and everything in between.
Premium Beat’s blog (titled ‘The Beat) is an amazing online filmmaking resource that is contributed to monthly by filmmakers, industry pros, and writers. The site covers a wide array of topics, but places a special emphasis on the technical end of production and post-production, while also delivering relevant industry news on a daily basis. Like Nofilmschool, this is a site that you will likely want to visit daily in order to get up to speed on it all!
Unlike many of the sites on this list which are mainly technically oriented, IndieWIRE provides filmmakers (and fans) with bigger picture industry-centric news, reviews, advice and more. They cover the independent film scene much in the same way that Variety covers the Hollywood scene, and ultimately tap into the heart of what is going on in the independent film world today. They have nearly every corner of the indie-film scene covered and are updating constantly with enough fresh content to keep you coming back daily.
Filmmaker IQ is another great filmmaking site that covers a very wide range of topics. While many blogs focus primarily on camera tech, post-techniques, or industry news, this website covers it all. Recent topics have covered: camera movement, lighting setups, writing advice, and other fun facts (such as the history of popcorn at the movies) – all of which are written by filmmakers. It’s refreshing that Filmmaker IQ covers not only the most current industry related topics, but also historical filmmaking info, allowing for readers to dig deeper into the history of filmmaking as a craft.
If you’re not a regular reader of this site – my goal is to provide filmmakers with a well rounded resource for truly independent filmmaking by sharing camera/gear reviews, inspiration, post-production techniques and much more from real world projects. What makes my blog different from many of the other film blogs out there (written primarily by cinematographers or editors) is that I am first and foremost a director, and as such write articles from that point of view. Many directors today are like myself in that they often write, shoot and edit their own work, and this website is dedicated to helping filmmakers of all types gain a vast spectrum of knowledge in each aspect of the craft, so that they can become better storytellers.
There are countless amazing resources online for filmmaking, and I have limited my selection to just a few of the websites and blogs that I wanted to feature here. That said, I would love to continue to update this list as time goes on so feel free to comment below if you have any suggestions for additions to this list.
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Thank you so much my friend
Thank you, Anisha!
hey Noam Kroll.
thanks for sharing informative blog post.
Thanks for sharing this post. Very informative to the filmmakers. I liked that you help every person-in-need. Your blogs are interesting.
Appreciate it very much, Shweta.
Great blogs. your blog is very helpful
Thanks so much, Victoria. Glad you’re enjoying it!
So I am an international student studying psychology. I really want to film-making. But the idea of choosing filmmaking as a career is really scary. And to be honest I don’t have much idea about film-making too. I also cannot afford to buy tools and classes for film-making and I don’t have privilege of fearlessly pursuing my dream as I come from middle class faimly. And secure career path is must in my faimly. How do I begin this journey as a film-maker??
I studied psychology in University too. You don’t need an education in film to be a filmmaker, you simply need to make films. It’s okay if you don’t have money right now, just figure out how you can make a movie with whatever you have. Write a script, use whatever camera you have access to (even if it’s a phone) and make a movie. There are never any guarantees that any of us will succeed, but if you go all in and do the best you can with what you have, you will give yourself the best shot at success.
Très intéressant. Merci d’avoir partagé ce blog.
Merci Beaucoup 🙂
I checked the blogs on your compilation and I can say great job on compiling these informative filmmaking blogs. Thanks!
Don’t forget http://www.indiefilmhustle.com
Great podcast! Thanks for adding this.
Very Informative Post..Best blog for film makers..Thanks for Posting..!!
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great blogs. Thanks for sharing. I have read blog your blog is very nice and interesting.
Great post. You’ve included links to sites I didn’t even know about. I love Indiewire. It’s an awesome resource for indie filmmakers with great articles.
I wanted to add a few other filmmaking sites and blogs to your list:
Great suggestions – thanks for sharing Rob!
you guys should also check this website : http://www.fablecraftproductions.com/category/filmmaking/
Great roundup Noam. I would also add StudioBinder’s blog which covers practical filmmaking techniques for producers, AD’s and directors 🙂 https://www.studiobinder.com/blog
Awesome – thanks for sharing Shant! And good work.
Interesting article! Cheers to all filmmakers and to those who are going to purue their career in Film Production. I would like to refer you best Mass Communication institute in Delhi called SACAC, who also offers outstanding film production course. For more information, visit: http://www.sac.ac.in/film-video-production.asp
May I humbly add Indie Film Hustle to the list: http://www.indiefilmhustle.com The #1 Filmmaking Podcast on iTunes!
Thanks for the share Johnny!
Thanks for the heads up about these blogs, it’s always good to hear about sites that encourage and inspire independant filmmakers. MyYour.co aims to provide affordable locations for filmmakers across the UK & US https://myyour.co/how-it-works. It’s a really handy resource as there’s no booking fees.
I would like to share my experience about my favorite film school. Zee Institute of Media Arts (ZIMA) is your gateway to the exciting and fast-growing world of Media and Film making. Built on the rich heritage and strong foundations of the Zee Network, ZIMA was envisaged by its founders to be a hub of cutting-edge technology and traditional expertise which is a platform of limitless opportunities to a career in film making and media world. ZIMA gives the scope and state-of-the-art support to unfold ones creative urge and sharpen their technical finesse in film making. ZIMA offers globally-accepted standards of media education in the field of Film Making, Direction, Acting, Voicing & TV Presentation, Screenwriting, Executive Producer, Ad Filmmaking, Cinematography, Sound Engineering, Editing, Autodesk Smoke & Flame and other related fields for a successful filmi career. If it’s anything media-related, one can learn it at ZIMA.
Major thankies for the article post.Thanks Again. Much obliged.
great blogs. Thanks for sharing. I will check your blog again
Appreciate it Lior!
Hi Noam. What are the chances of a Not-Known author getting a book made into a movie? Does it ever happen? I am the author of ~~Angel in the Attic~~and the ~~Sequel~~Return of the Attic Angel~~. I have been told by family and others, they could not lay the book down and requested the sequel. I have also written three Playscripts, one being ~~Yours Truly, Tom Dooley, which was shown.here in my town at Heritage Hall Theatre, with a very good turnout. How do you get your work to the source. Yours, Truly, Patti Clark
Hi Patti – anything can happen! A good story will always rise to the top in my opinion, and if you can get it in front of the right person or production company you might just be in luck. That said, even proven franchises are difficult to get made in this day and age, so I would recommend considering producing a trailer or short film based around your book first, and then shopping it around to producers who may want to partner up with you.
Lots depend on weather you are financing the film yourself or will you have to try and pitch your idea to a producer in the hopes they give you money. Feel free to contact me. As an indie filmmaker I am always looking for project to help out on, so you have my support, let me know what you need, and within my means, I will help out. Twocuzinsshow@aol.com or George Canzaniello on FACEBOOK (https://www.facebook.com/george.canzaniello)
I want to buy an dslr to shoot video, I do guerrilla videos so It need to have a great IQ in low lights and able to monitor audio.
I dont want to buy the 5D and in a few months the new one comes up, I want something that can last.
Hi Joyce, if you need a low light camera I would suggest the Sony A7S. It’s an awesome DSLR that is very relevant today and will be useable for a while. It has great IQ and is probably the best low light DSLR out there. Hope this helps!