The One Tool Every Filmmaker Should Use (The Film Log #5)
The Film Log is a weekly video I record to share my journey making my first feature film, In Five Years. In these videos, I share what I learn and discover as I go about all aspects of being a first time indie filmmaker in today’s changing landscape. You can find the full Film Log series here, and you can subscribe to the film’s newsletter
The One Tool Every Filmmaker Should Use
Episode number 5 of the Film Log is dedicated to one of the tool I feel the most passionate about, and I still find to be overlooked by the majority of filmmakers, storytellers, and artists at large: the newsletter.
In the mind of many, the newsletter is something to spam people, but well used -and well crafted-, it can become a powerful channel to cut the “middle man”, (in hour case more often than not, third party apps) and talk directly to your audience, supporters, fans, readers… Pick the name that talks to you the most.
Newsletters are having a second life and many -including me- use them as filters to receive news from people and entities they care about, and feel light about ignoring the rest. And I can safely say that a large chunk of the good things that have happened in my professional life came from having the newsletter for this site, and being able to communicate weekly with thousands of people in a way that feels personal.
It’s with this in mind that I’ve set up a newsletter for In Five Years, where I’ll be able to reach directly to people who care about the movie, its making and who might want to become active participant in helping us make this story come to life.
You can subscribe to the newsletter here. And watch the full episode below:
As for the making of the vlog itself, I cut about 80% of the content I recorded and, in retrospect, I might have cut too much. I feel so strong and passionate about the newsletter as a tool for artists to grow and gain freedom that I couldn’t stop myself from talking!
So I went into a massive editing session, and spent a good chunk of the editing session taking out what I was saying.
The workflow is getting better, and Handbrake is definitely a key asset in finishing and uploading quickly on YouTube. Recommended!
‘Til next expisode!