17 Things Indie Filmmakers Can Do To Engage With Fans On Social Media
Posted on 30 January, 2016 by Team Wishberry
- Strike a conversation! Ask fans questions. Random questions – what inspires them, ask them about places they love to visit, etc.
- Why keep all that knowledge sealed? Share it! Get on Quora/Reddit and answer about filmmaking.
- Make them feel special! Shoot a short Insta video wishing a fan a great day ahead (luck for an interview or congrats on an achievement), it would mean the world to them.
- Jump the trending bandwagon! Checkout what Srinivas has done.
- Ask your fans to come up with an alternate ending for your film. And, if you actually love the fan-ending, go the extra mile! Actually work on the scene and give due credit to them. Baaam! Friends, family and acquaintances of this new found super-fan will notice you & your work.
- Have a ‘Replace The Dialogue’ contest. Share an interesting or funny snippet of your film and test the creative side of your fans.
- Have a name the film contest.
- Going offline for a while? Inform your fans, spark curiosity about your film even before you make it. Marketing begins from the inception of the idea.
- You know how people love actors, writers and musicians getting along and having a twitter chat. Do it with a fellow filmmaker. Fans love watching creators of awesomeness bond online!
- Host a private screening of a film that inspired you – invite the first 10 people who drop you their email ids over (maintain this database)!
- Giveaways always work! Who doesn’t like receiving gifts, even if it’s a shirt with the name of your film printed.
- Or hit the road for bi-cycle ride like Pawan.
- Wish your fellow actors via social media on their special days with bloopers and shots of them, that didn’t make it to the film.
- How about giving your creative fans a shot at naming your lead character?
- On that note, invite a special fan to witness a day in the life of an independent director. Maybe even let them act in a scene as extra.
- Have feedback sessions- ask fans what they want you to work on next. Then get on it and share it with them.
- Shoot and upload your version of a favourite legendary scene. Or, ask your fans for suggestions on which infamous scene you must work on!