I have a confession to make:
I am obsessed with YouTube. If you know me personally, you probably already knew that. I started watching YouTube videos in college when there was the occasional viral video (like Kelly and her shoes) and funny dog compilations, but as the platform grew so did my quest for knowledge and pop culture references. Once you get past the daily vloggers, the beauty gurus, and toy reviews (seriously, some review channels have over 17 million subscribers), you’ll find the pot of gold content that combines education and entertainment.
1. Cinefix - “Entertaining info about movies: the ultimate destination for true movie buffs & filmmakers on YouTube”
This isn’t our first time writing about our love for this YouTube channel. With numerous ongoing series like “Things You Didn’t Know” featuring movie trivia that hasn’t been discussed on end, “The Director Series” showcasing a different director’s style, “What’s The Difference” being a comparison to movies and their book origins, and a bevy of Top Lists like ‘5 Brilliant Moments In Film’, and ‘Top 10 Soundtracks’, and so much more. As their channel description says, it really is the ultimate destination for movie buffs and filmmakers alike.
2. History Buffs: “A show dedicated solely to reviewing historical movies. Ever wondered how much a film is based on a true story? This is the place to find out”
If you’ve kept up with our blog, you know that we love movies based on true events. What we love even more than that are movies that are as historically accurate as possible. We know there will always be changes for time or entertainment’s sake, and we’re so grateful that creator Nick Hodges provides a comprehensive film review and historical comparison. With videos that average on 30 minutes each, you’ll be a well informed cinephile.
3. The Nerdwriter: a weekly video essay series that puts ideas to work.
While not all of their videos are dedicated to movies, the ones that are offer a succinct glimpse into the art of filmmaking for non-filmmakers. Ever wondered how the sound designers for the Harry Potter series created magic? Or why “Mandy” director Panos Cosmatos utilizes film grain to reference grindhouse movies of the 1970’s? Some of the smallest details in our favorite movies are discussed and dissected in under 10 minutes.
4. Lessons From the Screenplay: “videos that analyze movie scripts to examine exactly how and why they are so good at telling their stories. Part educational series and part love letter to awesome films, Lessons from the Screenplay aims to be a fun way to learn more about your favorite films and help us all become better storytellers.”
Calling all screenwriters! This channel expertly breaks down the craft of writing in Hollywood films, often referencing how-to books like Syd Field’s “The Foundations of Screenwriting”, John Yorke’s “Into The Woods: A Five Act Journey Into Story”, Robert McKee’s “Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and The Principles of Screenwriting” among others. For a writer at any level of their craft, this channel is great for pointing out how the experts pulled it off.
These are just a few of my favorite film-related things to watch on YouTube, but let me know if you have any recommendations!