If you haven’t been on Pinterest ever, let’s start by defining it. Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (known as ‘pinning’ on Pinterest) images or videos to their own or others’ boards (i.e. a collection of ‘pins,’ usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned.
Think of pinterest as a board with a bunch of digital post it notes. Those notes basically take you to places online. Here are ways you as a cinematographer can use this “tool” to help with your production.
The 5 Ways Cinematographers Can Use Pinterest.
- Use Pinterest for scouting as an interactive map. You can pin locations, post and see locations stills, and have your production team on the same page when it comes to location scouting.
- As a mini-blog / portfolio. If you aren’t really on social media or technically challenged when it comes to a computer, pinterest is a great place to pin videos you’ve done and write a little bit about your experience. It’s a great free resource for a mini-blog. You can also pin original content, so you can promote what you are doing and people will start to pin things you have created.
- You can use pinterest as a look book. There are tons of great photography and cinematography pins and pictures there. You can send your team a board of different looks you are going for in your films by just creating a board. Super quick, easy, and accessible way to communicate in pre-production.
- Use Pinterest for inspiration. There are tons of pins with pictures, diagrams, and quotes that can inspire you. Pinterest is a very visual platform and can be used to get inspiration .
- A DIY project is probably what Pinterest is best known for. If you are wanting a little more production design in your projects, there are tons of ideas on Pinterest.
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