Our Favorite YouTubers and Educators of 2020

The YouTube film community is huge and grows larger every day, sharing new cool ways of doing things for everyone to learn. Here are some of our favorite creators from the past year.

At No Film School, our goal is to show you different ways how you can become a better creator and filmmaker. We've been around for over a decade now, and much of that credit goes to our readers and the community's eagerness to want to learn. Part of that educational process is hearing from different perspectives because as you probably know, there are tons of different ways you can approach something. It's why we love sharing videos on our site from other creators. They detail different points of view from the writers on our staff. 

Here are a few of our favorites in the filmmaking community. If you haven't followed them already, they're definitely worth a follow. 

Gerald Undone

Gerald's product reviews are like no other on the interwebs. He takes you so in-depth, it seems like he knows more about the product than the manufacturer who made it.  

Steve Yedlin 

Known for being the cinematographer behind Knives Out and Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi, he has a personal site with must-reads from his "other tech stuff" blog. His color science and resolution demos are a must-watch for any cinematographer, even if you might not agree with them. 

Brandon Li

What's great about Brandon is that he posts how-tos and tips that don't feel at all like sponsored content or he's trying to sell you something. It's just informative, helpful filmmaking tips that anyone can pick up on no matter your experience level. So go check out his Unscripted YouTube channel. 

In Depth Cine

We've shared several videos from the In Depth Cine channel over the year. And while we might not always agree with what he has to say, it's a different perspective worth hearing. 

Daniel Shiffer

Many of you probably already know about Daniel Shiffer. His B-roll tutorials and BTS how-tos are simply fantastic. He's one of our favorite DIY filmmakers and just watching his content will improve how you can do things on your own. 

Josh Olufemii 

If you're editing in Premiere Pro or use After Effects, Josh is definitely worth a follow. He tackles everything from how-tos to filmmaking tips that you probably don't know about. 

Friends of NFS 

It would be hard not to mention our fellow No Film School contributors who also have YouTube channels. Jason Boone of Boone Loves Video is a must-watch for those in post using Adobe Creative Cloud programs. Armando Ferreira has a great channel that's a mix of tech, film, and tutorials for all things filmmaking. And Dan Watson will walk you through different aspects of production and break down cameras and compare them against one another. 

Have any favorite creators you found in 2020? Let us know in the comments below.     

Still feeling nostalgic about 2020? Then check out the rest of our Year in Review 2020 coverage for more of our top picks, industry trends, and end-of-year takes.

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I am happy to see Dan Watson make the list, even if it is in the footnotes of it all. When looking for a gimbal I came across his video of the Moza Air 2 by Gudsen and was sold on the gimbal after that. I have had battery issues with the gimbal (see my post on the Moza Air 2), but, it seems all gimbals are going through the same battery growing pains, and given that is the only issue I have had with the gimbal, I would say I made the right choice. Can't wait to get a handle for my Air 2 so I can mount my Ninja Blade to use with my 5DIV.

December 30, 2020 at 9:47AM

Nick Straub

Great list! On the writing and story analysis side of things I love:

I dedicate my time to this endeavor as well

January 1, 2021 at 5:46AM

Adam Koenig

Jordy from Cinecom.net and Ryan of Film Riot have both been instrumental to my learning. Both entertaining and fun and horsy even shows how he failed trying out some effect.

January 1, 2021 at 7:30PM, Edited January 1, 7:33PM

Jason Hickson

How does this list not include Peter McKinnon ??

January 3, 2021 at 5:04PM


You couldn't find ONE woman to put on this list? Come on No Film School. You can, and should, do better.

January 4, 2021 at 2:11PM

Carl S

Where are the women on this list? Ideas for you: Rachel Gulotta from Mango Street, Sarah Dietschy, Tech Me Out, Kelsey from Premiere Gal, Lilafromyoutube, Elle Mills, Devon Ko, Iz Harris, Becki from BeckiandChris, Sabrina from Nerdyandquirky. C'mon, there are so many.

January 4, 2021 at 2:46PM

Valentina Vee