4 Reasons Why Every Filmmaker Should Be Using Pinterest

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I used to be one of those people who thought Pinterest was just a place for foodies and artsy people to hang out and swap recipes. That is, until I started working with Carol Kiemle (our Production Designer), and she made me signup for an account.

Let me just say, my life will never be the same.

Pinterest is way more than a network for food-lovers – it’s an amazing filmmaking tool, and source of inspiration. There’s lots of different ways to use it in your day-to-day workflow as a filmmaker, but here are my top 4:

  1. Use Pinterest to organize materials for moodboards and bookmark inspiration for a project
    Almost every project that we do now starts with creating a Pinterest board. I start by finding other films and promos that match the style that I’m hoping to achieve with the film, and add any other images and snippets that I find helpful as visual reference or story ideas! From there I then can save screen shots and create a moodboard – but it’s so helpful to have all of your sources in one place to refer to later if needed. You can create a “secret” board and invite your team to collaborate – and they also get notifications when you add new material. It’s super slick!
  2. Create a library of inspiration for future projects
    It never fails that when I see a really cool video, I want to someday find it again. What I’ve done is create a whole library of boards on my Pinterest for different “inspiration” categories, and then I bookmark any videos I like to them. That way when it comes time to do a project and create a moodboard, I can just search through my library of videos and find ones that match what I’m hoping to do.It’s also great if you ever just need some inspiration to get you through a long day ;)
  3. It’s key for your art department
    Carol first introduced me to Pinterest when we started working together on the first academy film and we’ve pretty much used it on every project since. She uses it to pin ideas and inspiration for costumes, props, makeup, etc. etc., and basically creates a visual lookbook of the production design for the film. With Pinterest you can also add multiple people to the boards so that they can all have access and be able to pin to it – so if you have several people on the art team, then they can all collaborate in the board.
  4. Research, inspiration and just a good replacement for your browser favorites
    Let’s face it – favorites on your browser are just not the solution for staying organized. I’ve started using Pinterest to save story ideas, articles, resources, and anything else I want to be able to find again. I also use it to help bookmark resources for later curating and sharing on the MWCFA Tips & Tricks email! It saves SO MUCH time and effort looking for things, and in turn makes life better :)

So there you have it. 4 reasons I think you should all be on Pinterest. If you’re not on there, go sign up – and if you are, how have you been using it to help you as a filmmaker?

(You can follow me on Pinterest at @abfilmmaker ;) )

NOTE: Just one word of caution about Pinterest – It’s a great platform with great features, but like so many good things today, it’s also used for a lot bad. So do be careful when using it, as there can be a lot of inappropriate content on there, even when you search something totally not related. So basically, I wouldn’t recommend just surfing Pinterest. For me personally I pretty much just use it for bookmarking things, and avoid the search. Just be wise in how you use it!

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Andrew Bartlett is one of the co-founders of Bartlett Productions, a small media company based out of northern North Dakota. He has a passion for serving Christ through the visual arts and has had the opportunity to work on a number of films as well as produce marketing materials for businesses and organizations. Andrew is also the Director of the Midwest Christian Filmmakers Academy, where aspiring filmmakers can learn the craft in a hands-on way.