What are the 36 best filmmaker YouTube channels in 2019? We scoured the internet to get you a complete list to help inspire and educate your film and TV aspirations!
I don't know about you, but when I want to learn something, I hop on YouTube. The video tutorials I find on there rival any film school or paid subscription service, and they're all free! So today I wanted to focus in on why these sites are among the best filmmaking YouTube channels out there.
We'll look at ones that feature writing, directing, gear, tutorials, and even some video essays.
These websites are sure to help you refine your craft, kick your filmmaking butt into shape, and get your material out in the world.
This is not a ranking, just a list of the best. So if you have suggestions, let me know and I will add more.
So let's do it!
The 36 Best Filmmaker YouTube Channels of 2019
1. Film Riot
Film Riot is a how-to experience through filmmaking. They cover VFX, cinematography, and lots of other hands-on episodes to guide you on set.
2. Tom Antos
This director and cinematographer walks you through VFX, new gear, and gives practical advice based on his decade-plus of experience!
3. Filmmaker IQ
We love a good video course, but what's even better? Watching them for free. This site delivers lots of curated "how-to's" at zero cost.
4. Indy Mogul
Finally, a channel focuses on getting the best information out there for indie filmmakers at every level. Great with gear recs, filmmaking strategies, and budgetary advice.
5. Dave Dugdale
A true creator whose experience in DSLR cameras and tutorial videos can jumpstart your skills in a matter of minutes.
Get back to the basics with a guy who spends all his time explaining how you can get out and shoot something with the resources you have at hand.
Writing is important, but how does the page reflect the screen? This channel helps you see a directors vision from the page.
We'd be remiss if we left ourselves off the list. Here's our chance to humblebrag about our mission of free information. We cover CineGear, NAB, and other tech fests as well as writing ideas and "how-to" videos.
Want the latest and greatest about cameras and equipment? This channel contains the best breakdowns and showcases on the web.
Tutorials, camera tips, and an interactive YouTube studio that shows you practical uses of all the gear available.
11. Philip Bloom
Unbox the latest cameras, monitors, gear and more with this professional cinematographer. His work is fascinating and provides the easiest and best feedback on what's new.
These critical video essays can give depth and meaning to your work.
Though no longer kicking ass, this channel has 28 incredible videos that are "must see" for anyone trying to make it in film and television.
14. Premium Beat
Tutorials in post-production, shooting, and lots of other informative lists. Premium Beat is one of our favorite channels to stalk.
A mix of the creative and the clinical, this channel breaks down the science and technique to go along with your imagination.
16. Zach Ramelan
A YouTube personality who continues to push the boundaries of videos by posting tutorials and epic takedowns of what we typically see on less-informed channels.
Want to know the story behind your favorite movies, creators, and behind the scenes specials? This is your window into the Academy and their esteemed members.
18. The Film Look
We're all working on a budget of some kind, though most of us would rather spend less. This site keeps you on track for less.
Tips and tricks from the pros. Every week this channel has tons of practical guides for filmmakers at every level.
20. Sonduck Films
Tutorials that get to the point without messing around. They don't belabor anything, just give you the details.
21. Grip Tips
The grip is one of the most important people on set. Now you have a pro in your back pocket for when things get tough.
A working pro that stops to give you tips on how to handle clients, negotiate jobs, and use the gear you rented.
Gaming, movies, and television all wrapped up into one. Watch this channel to take a break and to learn!
If you want to work in Hollywood you have to know what's going on in the world. Stay up to date with the news and the trends.
25. BAFTA Guru
Learn pro lessons delivered by the pros. This series of interviews can inspire you on set or on the page.
26. Media Division
Where filmmakers go to discuss craft and tell the audience how they really accomplish some of those camera moves and angles.
Sound is one of the, if not the most important thing to focus on when you start out. So get it right with the right equipment.
28. Cooke Optics TV
You want to learn cinematography from the best. So you have to talk to the best. This site is free information from some of the most heralded sources.
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29. Potato Jet
Rent gear that you know is great. These reviews tell you what you get for every price point.
It's not just about cinema and cameras. It's also about learning how culture influences art and how art influences movies. Get it all right here.
Screenwriting, directing, and cinematography. This guy emphasizes practical tips to help you make your film!
Here's a great channel that offers special deals for watchers when it comes to different camera and editing packages.
33. Peter McKinnon
Get tactical advice from a working camera expert!
34. Gerald Undone
So much of the filmmaker world is built on tech. but it can get expensive to rent and try this equipment. Luckily Gerald does it for you!
Art changes the world. so how can you make your art have an impart? These helpful videos can change the way you think about your projects.
36. Film Jams
They promise to quadruple your knowledge as a filmmaker, what more could you want?
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