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Interesting subject, even better PR!
Here is a great example of how Social Media can work for you. I currently have (at time of going to print) 5,220 followers on Twitter. I personally know about a handful of those. This means there are many thousands following my filmmaking journey on Twitter of whom I know very little about! Scary thought.
And that’s the point. I have no idea who they are or what they do. Think about that for a second.
As I develop as a filmmaker, and as the number following my journey grow, I’m seeing certain things happen. I seem to have become a very credible filmmaker Tweeter. I mean, I’m doing things and people are taking note.
Here’s an example. A journalist who works for the Guardian has been following me on Twitter for some time (I had no idea) and was working on an article about film making on smart phones. I decided to film a completely random and experimental short film on my iPhone. The next minute the journalist (Tony Myers) made contact and asked if I’d answer a few questions about filming with smart phones. I of course obliged.
The article was released today in the Technology section of the Guardian website, titled ‘Lights, action… iPhone? Film-makers turn to smartphones‘. It has quickly become a hot topic of conversation on the site. The article features my iphone film embedded from my Vimeo channel.
This means more exposure for my work, more people taking a look through my shop window. Granted, what I’m doing won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but still. It’s more eyes on my projects. Which is not only good for me, but also for those I’m working with. In the long run.
Anyway, what are your thoughts on making films with smartphones? I can’t say I’d shoot a credible film on a mobile phone in the near future. But I do think it’s a great way for us to get out there and play!
Thanks for stopping by and do check out my short, experiment iPhone film below.