Before I reveal my list of what are, in my opinion, the best filmmaking twitter chats, I want to make sure everyone understands why twitter chats are great and how they’re different.
How is a twitter chat different than a hashtag?
Using a hashtag is more like posting a flyer to a bulletin board than engaging in conversation. In a twitter chat, participants all tune in at a certain time, which leads to more eyes on what everyone has to say (and more engagement too, if analytics like that matter to you). It’s the closest you can get to really talking with a decent-sized group of people.
Ok… how is it different than a trending hashtag?
A trending hashtag is like a stroke of lightning. There are moments of brilliance, but it’s usually fleeting. Twitter chats are generally recurring, so all of the great information just keeps flowing!
Filmmakers do a pretty terrible job promoting their twitter chats outside of twitter and other forms of social media. This means that doing a simple google search for “filmmaking twitter chats” leads to almost nothing useful. This is such a shame because no matter your industry, twitter chats are a treasure trove of wonderful collective knowledge that should be archived, or at the very least made accessible to as many people as possible.
So, I decided to make a list of some decent twitter chats. It’s short for now because, like I said, finding twitter chats is not as easy as it should be. If you have any that we can add to the list let us know in the comments!
Best Filmmaking Twitter Chats:
Tuesdays 1-2PM EST
If you’re an algorithmic learner (i.e. you love getting actionable advice) when it comes to advancing your film projects, then you’ll love this twitter chat. The hosts Seed and Spark invite industry experts as guests to help facilitate conversation. The result is that it’s almost impossible to participate in #FilmCurious without learning something you can directly apply to a project.
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 11am PST
Hosted by producer and consultant Jenna Edwards, #JEMChat is about helping producers and filmmakers in general find inspiration. Topics range from gaining support as a creative professional, to finding resources and increasing productivity. Jenna is a ray of sunshine who really wants to promote and empower indie filmmakers. This is definitely one worth checking out. It also runs a whopping three times per week so there’s really not much of an excuse for not checking it out.
Fridays 1-3PM CST
Okay, this one’s a bit genre specific, but it’s good nonetheless. Scifi writers, filmmakers, and general nerds participate on this chat to share the lastest news in all things science fiction. If you’re wanting to get some inspiration for a project, or connect with people with ideas, look no further.
Sundays 5PM PST
If you’re a screenwriter or a filmmaker looking to connect with one, this is the chat for you. The chat is officially active on Sundays, but people post using #scriptchat all week round.
I hope that you find this list useful, and that you find a chat to participate in ASAP! Don’t be put off by smaller chats with fewer regular participants. Twitter chats that are smaller are usually better, actually. It’s much easier to network that way and make lasting connections. You want your voice to be heard, and you want to have time to listen to others as well.