As potent as they can be, our interactions with our favorite filmmakers generally only come once every couple of years and last for a scant two hours. What are they doing when they're not sharing their brilliant narrative visions with us? Well, at least some of them are sharing the decidedly less dramatic narratives of their life via Twitter (Greg Mottola: "i'm equally ambivalent on the green chili. Like the taste okay -- don't love the heartburn
"). We've selected 10 of the most interesting filmmaker Twitterers for your following pleasure.
"10 Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter" is Part Six of a series that will end when I start coming up with more creative Lists of the Day:
I. 10 Musicians to Follow on Twitter
II. 10 Comedians to Follow on Twitter
III. 5 Star Trek Personalities to Follow on Twitter
IV. 10 Music Bloggers to Follow on Twitter
V. 10 Magazines to Follow on Twitter
VI. 10 Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter
Here are the filmmakers:
10. Robert Rodriguez - RobertRdz
The Sin City
director just joined the world of Twitter (unless this is a fake) a
couple of weeks ago when he gave the commencement speech to his fellow
University of Texas graduates.
Best recent tweet: Just made my own "white noise" to sleep using 28 distinct tracks from my movie sound effects library.
9. Paul Feig - paulfeig
Feig directed I Am David and nearly all of my favorite
TV shows (Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Mad Men, Weeds, The Office,
Freaks and Geeks).
Best recent tweet: Hot dog martinis!
Boil two hot dogs 10 minutes, remove hot dogs, discard, pour hot dog
water into glass, top with gin, drink, vomit, repeat.
Runner-up: In assoc. with
American Girl, I'm announcing the opening of American Man, which will
sell dolls of men in various stages of alcoholic decay.
8. David Lynch - DAVID_LYNCH
If you ever want to know the weather in L.A., Dave's your guy.
Best recent tweet: Thought of the Day: The ocean of consciousness within shining brightly is calling.
Runner-up: Hi everyone. Here's today's thought of the day: Find something that will whisper the full value of life.
7. Jon Favreau - Jon_Favreau
Since his days as Monica's boyfriend on Friends, Favreau has gone onto better things—like directing Iron Man 2 and Tweeting about it.
Best recent tweet: Scarlett kicked ass yesterday. All of her preparation has really paid off. She has a great work ethic. A real pro.
Runner-up: Mickey Rourke
just did a marketing photo shoot. It's the first time I saw him in full
costume. I can't wait for the images to be released.
6. Lee Unkrich - leeunkrich
The Pixar director (Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo
) talks us through the creation of Toy Story 3
and tells us about sneaking in a Toy Story
logo onto one of the baloons in Up
Best recent tweet: Last night I
dreamt I was hanging out with Orson Welles, who was advocating the use
of one's own saliva as a facial lotion. Analysis?
Runner-up: Just had another in an amazing series of recording sessions with Tom Hanks. I think this guy'll go far in this business...
5. Greg Mottola - GregMottola
The director of Superbad and Adventureland is shooting a new film called Paul
with Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg, Bill Hader, Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman,
Kristen Wiig, Nick Frost and (according to his Twitter feed) Sigourney
Weaver. Holy crap. He's also diggin' him some Iron & Wine.
Best recent tweet: after a NYC weekend visit, back in the Land of Enchantment (and Altitude Sickness and Meth)
Runner-up: Gillian Welch & Conor Oberst sing me to sleep with 'Lua', favorite sad song at the moment...
4. Errol Morris - errolmorris
The director of Fog of War and The Thin Blue Line packs a lot of substance into 140 characters like mini-ruminations on truth vs. narrative consistency.
Best recent tweet: RECOMMENDED GREAT
(AMERICAN) AMPUTATION MOVIES: King's Row (1942), noir before noir,
congenital insanity, sadism, what more could you want?
Runner-up: Why can't
blog-posts be essays? And why can't tweets be haiku? Or better yet,
short essays. Do you really care what I had for lunch?
3. Rian Johnson - rcjohnso
The director of Brick and The Brothers Bloom
answers all the Tweets directed at him. The down-side is that gives his
feed a pretty low signal-to-noise ratio. But it's also pretty cool that he
responds to just about any question.
Best recent tweet: @EDouglasWW You have no idea the extent to which I am totally like the Jonas Brothers.
Runner-up: I plan on spending the entire q&a stroking a small piece of felt and saying phonetic variations of the word "Bertolucci"
2. David Wain - davidwain
The prolific writer/actor/director/blogger is also a prolific Twitterer.
Best recent tweet: Went to brunch on
this rainy day and considered trading up on umbrellas on the way out.
But ethics prevailed! A thread of hope for mankind!
Runner-up: Holiday morning and Manhattan is empty. Great chance to walk the streets, sack out. It's like, "hey my eyes are up here!"
1. Kevin Smith - ThatKevinSmith
in the middle of shooting a movie called "A Couple of Dicks" with Bruce
Willis and Tracy Morgan, so the number of penis puns is um... huge.
Best recent tweet: Wrapped Day One
on A COUPLE OF DICKS without being one or sucking one. Bruce &
Tracy are so good together, you'd think this was the sequel.
Runner-up: No sleep in 42
hours. Woke, shot, edited, showered, shot (film, not load in shower),
back to edit, now finally some sleep. So far, so good.
Let me know who else is worth following in the comments. I'm on Twitter @ joshjackson.