Filmmakers and Writers Get Positive Creative Boost from Twitter
Filmmakers and writers get positive creative boost from Twitter. It has been a very insightful experience personally as a screenwriter, producer, and director. I never was a fan of social networks before. In my mind I thought there was not any honest communication between people.
My first exposure to Twitter included teeth whitening, penny stock profits, penis enlargement, and anal bleaching Tweets from robot programs. It felt like being trapped in an infomercial nightmare spoof where Pitchmen’s Anthony “Sully” Sullivan is trying to get me to buy over and over.
Over the last year I have gained a new respect for social networking using Twitter after co-producer and SEO expert Tim Beachum said, “Sid, give social networking a try amigo.
You will be surprised what it can do.” It was good advice. Sure, there are always going to be robot Tweets from sales people, but through the wave of sales pitches I have come across genuine creative souls that share a passion for filmmaking and writing.
I have always felt you can never stop learning about different areas of filmmaking and writing. Tweets are only small bursts of communication, but they have put me in contact with a variety of talented filmmakers and writers that all know something different than I do.
None of our paths would have crossed without social networking on Twitter. I visit blog links posted on Twitter profiles to get a fresh perspective on how others pursue writing, filmmaking, film financing, movie distribution, entertainment marketing, and publishing.
It is easy for me to fall into the trap of tunnel vision on how I handle writing and filmmaking creatively, as well as from a business sense. I have communicated with other writers and filmmakers to exchange information. Being able to get writing and filmmaking viewpoints from people outside of your own circle exposes you to completely new ideas.
I have been extremely impressed with some of the unique ways independent writers and filmmakers market their work to attract financial backing, while building up their own grassroots following.
Most writers and filmmakers, me included, want to have their creative efforts read or viewed by as many people possible. Social networking on Twitter increases online visibility for creative projects in any stage of development.
I recently followed South London filmmaker AD Lane launch a film donation marathon on Twitter to attract money to make “Invasion of the Not Quite Dead” through fan fundraising. That was awesome.
Native American filmmaker Oklahoma Ward and actress Nikki Alonso were two of the first people I started to follow, not just click the follow button, but paid attention to their Tweets.
I could relate to their extreme indie style to get quality projects done. For “Crawl” their upcoming horror thriller movie they Tweeted about people being able to follow the making of their project. I clicked the link and was viewing behind the scenes videos that went from step one. This is a very cool approach to marketing a film with an uncensored attitude.
UK based LiarDice Productions director Wayne Daniells sent me a link through Twitter to view a short titled “One Last Hit.” The short film was a good watch. It reminded me personally of a Guy Ritchie movie the way it mixed violence with dark wit.
This would have been an indie project I would have never been able to enjoy if I was not made aware of it through being on Twitter. There are many other writers and filmmakers I want to mention, but will leave that for future pieces.
Sure, there are times when I Tweet random blurbs or pictures unrelated to writing or filmmaking. For the most part I try to stay on track to share my personal creative and business related thoughts on entertainment using Twitter.
I have a small number of Twitter followers, but like to think some of them share a pay it forward attitude, and do take time to support other writers and filmmakers. It does not even have to be with money. You can pay it forward by letting other people know about another writer or filmmaker that is working hard to get their work read or viewed. This is writer and filmmaker Sid Kali typing FADE OUT
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