Social Media Tips That Every Filmmaker Should Know

Lo To No Budget FilmmakingSocial media can be a powerful tool when it comes to promoting your film or venture- Twitter, Facebook and other platforms can all be played to your advantage when it comes to generating a buzz around your latest project. But just how can you maximize the impact that you make?

By contacting related organisations and companies who might be able to lend you a helping hand in social media, you can reach new audiences and draw added attention to yourself. Don’t just drop them a vague email asking them to tweet about your work or send a barrage of word documents for them to download and read, create a solid social media toolkit and make it easy for these people to do you a favor! Explain why you’re getting in touch and compile a compact list of tweets, Facebook statuses, newsletter posts, sized photos and any links you want them to share.

With Raindance’s signature producing class Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking coming up on the 29th November, I thought I’d give it a go and create a social media toolkit for the course.

So, without further ado, here’s my attempt at a social media toolkit and a few words of wisdom (mostly imparted to me by Elliot!) along the way.

Opening Email:

It’s important to start your toolkit with a quick and polite email or phone call explaining why you are contacting them. Who, what, when, where and why are the main questions you should aim to answer. Make sure to include the raw links to everything you want to share at the end of your posts.

I’m writing on behalf of the Raindance Film Festival to let you know about one of our upcoming classes in hope that you might be able to put out some posts on your social media platforms. Taking place on the 29th and 30th November 2014, the Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking weekend course aims to demystify the film industry and show filmmakers that it’s possible to make a great film even on a minimal budget. Any posts you could make will be greatly appreciated, please find our social media toolkit below.

Social Media:

Twitter

Try to list 3 tweets and make them as different and contrasting as possible-they should be each be unique little twitter snowflakes! 

1) You need a million plus to make a movie these days, right? Wrong! @Raindance’s legendary Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking course returns 29th Nov http://www.raindance.org/course/lo-to-no-budget-filmmaking/

2) #Filmmakers, want the big scary industry of film demystified? Don’t miss Elliot Grove’s Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking course 29th Nov at @Raindance http://www.raindance.org/course/lo-to-no-budget-filmmaking/

3) Learn to fake a million pound budget and avoid 3 big #filmmaking mistakes with the Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking course at @Raindance http://www.raindance.org/course/lo-to-no-budget-filmmaking/

Facebook

Whilst this post can be a little longer and include more information, make sure that it’s still sharp and interesting. Aim for 35-50 words and include a well-sized image for them to post alongside the status update.

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Show me the money! Are you a filmmaker wanting to make a movie but don’t know where to start? Raindance’s Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking course returns 29th Nov and is filled with tips and secrets on how to make your movies look great on a minimal budget http://www.raindance.org/course/lo-to-no-budget-filmmaking/

Newsletter

This should be no more than 100 words  and also accompanied by an image, keep your paragraphs short and punchy.

Lo To No Budget Filmmaking

Raindance’s signature film producing class Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking returns on the 29th November!

Do you want to make a movie but don’t know where to start? Have the film industry demystified in one weekend and learn how to shoot, edit and direct your film on even the most minimal of budgets.

With alumni including the writers, directors or producers of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Shawn of the Dead and Momento, the Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking course will teach you insider tips and set you on the path to filmmaking success.

Don’t miss out and book your place now!

http://www.raindance.org/course/lo-to-no-budget-filmmaking/

 

 

 

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