On Friday, February 28, the folks from We Direct Music Videos took over our FREE THE WORK twitter to answer all your questions about music video directing.
In attendance were:
Miranda Tiano (WDMV)
Maegan Houang (Director, WDMV)
Mandee Mallonee (Head of Video, Elektra Music Group)
Doug Klinger (EP/Music Video Rep, Reprobates)
Listed in this article are a few highlights, but if you're curious about what other bits of wisdom were dropped during the event, here is the full Twitter thread of questions and answers!
In response to a question regarding self-promotion, WDMV linked their fantastic Film Fest List.
All film festivals that appear in the list have awesome music video programs that you aspiring music video directors should keep on your radar.
Other popular sites for featuring music videos that were also recommended by WDMV:
(And the FTW database, of course!)
When you're a director faced with the tough, nerve-wracking situation of blind pitching . . .
WDMV recommends checking out their WDMV PITCHING GUIDELINES & BEST PRACTICES.
And if you're stuck on making a treatment . . .
WDMV has an entire treatment database that allows you to see what other directors' treaments look like.
Doug also answered all questions regarding representation and how to interact with reps, commissioners, and producers.
There's a lot of nuances to the process of reaching out and we loved having his perspective in the mix.
WDMV has been collaborating with FREE THE WORK on guides and resources for some time now. Check out a few of these for inspiration and advice on navigating the music video system.
Be sure to follow @WeDirectMV on Twitter for updates on all of their events and resources!