Our 10 Favorite Video Production Blogs (2020)
There are so many resources out there to help you with your production from concept through to post. It can be hard to know where to begin. Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out in the production process, it is so important to stay in the know about the latest trends in video and film. Luckily, many noteworthy blogs are available as invaluable resources. From industry trends and emerging technologies to problem solving and great scriptwriting, here are our favorite production blogs for 2020.
No Film School is a great resource for all stages of production. This is a blog and website that helps democratize the production process, proving that you don’t need to be a film school graduate to make outstanding content. Even if you have a diploma from one of the big film schools, production is a quickly changing and evolving industry, and No Film School will help to keep you in the know. This site features practical tutorials, interviews with film and video makers, tools, short films, gear reviews, and more.
2. Cinema 5D
Cinema 5D is a cinematography-focused blog and site that provides a lot of great content for shooters with a focus on DSLR cameras. From camera reviews to cinematography tips and trends, Cinema 5D is a fantastic resource for staying in the know about the latest in camera technology as well as the world of digital filmmaking at large.
You don’t need to be a motion designer to appreciate the amazing content that you can find at Motionographer. This site is all about inspiration. You can learn about the latest in motion graphics technology in their blog posts and check out inspiring motion graphics projects. Motiongrapher is also a great freelance/hiring platform, so if you work in motion graphics and animation — or if you are looking to hire an animator for your latest film or video project — Motionographer is a terrific place to start.
While Filmmaker Magazine is actually a magazine, it has been around since the early days of independent film. Founded in 1992, Filmmaker Magazine has focused on indie films and providing resources for indie filmmakers, and the site is no exception. The site is broken down into key topics —Filmmaking, Columns, Festivals and Events, Interviews, and Videos. While this is more of a traditional website in format, it is invaluable in terms of staying on top of the state of independent film and video production.
If you are a post-production editor or simply a film fan with an eye for mise en scène, check out the Vashi Visuals blog. This is the personal blog of Los Angeles-based editor Vashi Nedomansky who is an award-winning editor and general post-production genius. Vashi provides readers with a behind-the-scenes look at the editing process and shares his tips, tricks, and lessons learned.
This blog is visual eye candy with Vashi’s frame collages — he puts together over 100 stills from major films and provides a great overview of how all the elements of the film come together to tell the story. Vashi also provides a lot of free resources for post-production, including his Vashimorphic template — a free project that allows you to give your 16×9 footage an anamorphic feel complete with lens curves.
6. Creative Cow
Think of Creative Cow as your virtual film and video making community. If you have a question or a video production problem that you can’t seem to solve, take it to the Creative Cow community. Thousands of your peers are there and eager to help you solve your issue.
Register for the Creative Cow forum, and log in at least once a week an help your fellow video producers and filmmakers out. There are a number of subcategories in the Creative Cow blog as well, including editing, technology, and entertainment. The Creative Cow blog is a great way to expand your video and filmmaking skills, and the forum is like having a digital community there whenever you need it.
Lights Film School is an online filmmaking program for the aspiring video and film professional. The Lights Film School blog provides a variety of resources and articles covering all aspects of production from concept development and scriptwriting through to post-production.
8. Film Riot
Film Riot is the brain child of Ryan Connelly, a filmmaker and internet personality. Ryan’s personality and enthusiasm will inspire you to get out there and create! There is a lot of useful content on the blog, from behind-the-scenes interviews and articles to tips and tricks from industry pros. Be sure to check out the Film Riot podcast and video tutorials as well.
Video Copilot is a blog and resource site from Andrew Kramer, a visual effects professional who frequently collaborates with Ryan Connelly from Film Riot. Video Copilot is an invaluable resources for post-production and video special effects. From tutorials to templates, Video Copilot will provide you with the resources and information to create stunning effects that will take your video production to the next level.
Last but certainly not least is a blog that helps you develop visual storytelling skills. This blog is the official screenwriting blog from industry giant The Black List. Helmed by award-winning screenwriter Scott Myers, this blog provides lessons, tips, and tricks directly from Scott to help you better understand the business and craft of screenwriting. It also delves into how to develop your characters and maintain your script’s flow.
Be sure to check out the screenwriting prompts to get the creative ideas flowing, as well as the script and ebook download links. There are endless screenwriting resources here from one of the industry’s most respected writers.