Should all filmmakers have blogs? After all, I can think of some filmmakers whom I'd rather see spending their time actually making movies or writing scripts. And I suspect there are a few filmmakers who are much better at directing than they are at writing short essays or even diary-like entries. But I have a number of filmmakers' blogs in my RSS feed reader -- it's so much fun to hear about the entire process, whether it's preproduction details, brief sleep-deprived entries posted erratically during the shoot, or news about distribution and exhibition.
Screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) has been posting at johnaugust.com about his first feature-directing effort -- he manages to be vague about the feature itself, yet informative about the process at the same time. He also answers questions about the industry and the writing process posed to him by budding screenwriters. This site is an excellent resource if you're working on a screenplay.
On the other side of the spectrum, we have The Unknown Screenwriter, who refuses to reveal his/her identity. The writer offers some often-controversial tips for screenwriters. I just found this blog this week, so I'm still catching up.
You knew we wouldn't make it through this entry without some Austin filmmakers. I've been following news about the locally shot film Z: A Zombie Musical (which I hope to tell you all about in the next few weeks). I discovered that the film's writer/director, John McLean, has started a blog about the filmmaking and film marketing process: Release Your Inner Zombie. He's currently discussing the general creative process.
One more Austin filmmaker blog, which I know I've linked to before, but it's a longtime favorite: Back To Me, Bryan Poyser's blog. Recently, Poyser's been blogging about the short film he's been working on, Best Birthday Ever, which co-stars Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg (whom I wish would also start a blog, but then he'd never sleep). Poyser also wrote about helping Jay and Mark Duplass (ditto about wishing they had a blog) with the Austin shooting on their latest film, Baghead. Poyser wrote an article about the Baghead shoot that appears in this week's Austin Chronicle.
- Doug Block is one of the first people to combine filmmaking and blogging. He even made a documentary about blogging, Home Page (pictured above), back in 1998. On his blog Around the Block, he's been sharing stories about screenings of his latest film, the personal doc 51 Birch Street.
- Over at Drifting: A Director's Log, you can read all about David Lowery's latest editing project, Ciao. I'm not a filmmaker myself so I don't understand advice like, "If you roll over from your first card to the next in the middle of a take, make sure you get a tail slate." Fortunately for me, Lowery also blogs about the shorts he's directed, movies he's seen, and anything else film-related that he likes.