In the social media era, having a Twitter handle may almost be just as important as being on LinkedIn. Twitter’s interface is the perfect way for people to get snippets of information from all over, fast… which makes it the perfect platform for sharing useful articles, wise mantras, and one-liners that would otherwise go unnoticed. With all of the people and companies in the Twitterverse, it might be a bit hard to pick out which ones are the best.
Luckily for you, we’ve got you covered if you’re a screenwriter! Here are 9 Twitter accounts that every screenwriter should follow:
The Black List @theblcklst
Contrary to what the name suggests, this is one blacklist that you want to get your name onto. Founded by film executive Franklin Leonard, The Black List culls a list of unmade scripts from development executives and compiles them into one nifty place. You can bet that this is one of the first places that film companies go to find a new project!
Follow their Twitter to read member-written stories, useful articles for making your screenplay better, and possible opportunities to get involved with the list.
In one of theblcklst’s many offshoots, GoIntoTheStory shares tips on how to better your screenplay in a series of helpful articles–all written by screenwriter Scott Myers. From interviews with writers on the blcklst and established screenwriters to lengthy analyses on already-made films, GoIntoTheStory is one website that you need to have permanently bookmarked.
But don’t take my word for it! Myers’s website was named ‘Best of the Best’ Screenwriting Website by Writer’s Digest, which means he’s definitely doing something right.
Sometimes you need that extra little push for you to complete your new screenplay. With a Twitter feed filled with inspirational quotes from screenwriters in the industry today and thoughtful tips for you to ponder, ScreenwritingU will definitely help you get your next script out in a jiffy.
Aline Brosh McKenna @alinebmckenna
As one of the highest-grossing female screenwriters of all time (the fact that she adapted Devil Wears Prada for the big screen is reason enough to follow), McKenna’s Twitter feed is a great mix of posts championing females in the media and quirky behind-the-scenes tweets about her current musical project, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
***Note: She’s also the one who started #FemaleFilmmakerFriday!
Edgar Wright @edgarwright
A filmmaker/screenwriter for many of his own movies (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver) and Raindance’s first ever intern, Wright often shares his opinions on current upcoming films, up-and-coming musical artists, and retweets some pretty funny stuff.
The Script Lab @thescriptlab
The Script Lab is the one-stop-shop for all things screenwriting. Featuring a blog that closely examines how films are written and a massive archive of excellent articles, The Script Lab provides everything that you need.
Script Lab Twitter feed is also a great source for finding out what’s new in the film industry–it’s a basically a condensed bulletin board for screenwriters.
Founded in 1986, the Scriptwriters Network is a volunteer-driven organisation that hosts industry talks with some of the most successful screenwriters in the business. If you’re lucky enough to be located near one of their hubs, the ScriptwritersNetwork Twitter will constantly advertise upcoming panels with people like Steve Kaplan, Barri Evans, and much much more.
Just as the Twitter handle suggests, this is the place to go if you’re looking for a job in screenwriting. @screenwritingSU is basically a specialised job bulletin board, so start submitting those applications!
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Did we miss any? Let us know which Twitter accounts you follow!