BBC piece on my use of social networking

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I did an interview for Terry Wilson of the the BBC in Austin last week about Social Networking and how I use it and also about DSLR filmmaking. The second piece will be out soon. In the meantime check it out below and on the BBC website here.

I am not looking my best in here, after a month on the road in the US!

Philip Bloom / Social Media from Terry Wilson on Vimeo.

For the BBC Season ‘Superpower’ exploring the power of the internet, DSLR film maker Philip Bloom talks about his experiences with social media technology and how they’ve helped shape his career, attracting the attention of George Lucas’ Lucasfilm division.

Recorded at SXSW 2010 in Austin, Texas. Filming and editing by moi, thanks to Gareth Mitchell from BBC Digital Planet ( for helping with interview.

Thanks to Andy Dunn ( for use of his photos in the film.

Filmed on Sony EX1 with cutaways and b-roll mostly on EOS 7D. Apologies for flicker on some shots, now I know hard way US has mains at 60hz, not 50 like EU (aargh!!)

Sound mix on Pro Tools. Music is part of the suite of branding for the ‘Superpower’ season, with additional composition, remix and production by myself

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  1. JaKoBM says:

    good stuff sir!!!
    thanks for everything you do to help us people..

  2. Geoff Heith says:

    Philip we all greatly appreciate all you do for everyone out there shooting…all your advice, tutorials and all the great shoots you do!

  3. Kumkax says:

    Great interview. Philip the Great. When I found out what my 5dMKII is capable of thru your website I was just shocked with the quality of the movies. Since then I have followed you on twitter and get more addicted to movie shooting. Great work Philip.

  4. Javier says:

    Great interview Phil. I was trying to explain how I found out about you to some people at school and it always starts with your letus vids on letusdirect. Do you think your popularity exploded from there?

    1. pbloom says:

      i guess it started there, but that is when i started my blog…

  5. C.T.Daniel says:

    1:18 – thanks for that

  6. Pacoiba says:

    ure amazing mate, srsly, uve inspired me a lot to keep up doing what i love, which is filmmaking and doing it with the best attitude possible, unlike most young filmmakers that are very cocky and douchebags but yeah, in overall uve inspired me so thanks a lot for sharing all this much with us all. hope to get to work with u one day. the best wishes.

    paco ibarra

  7. Nel says:

    Very nice Phil. Thank you so much for all the info you pass on, we all find it most helpful.

  8. patrick says:

    Merci Mr Bloom pour votre travail, je suis fan.

  9. Martyn Bull says:

    3 hours per day updating social networks! Wow! But without Philip’s passion and dedication dslr film making would still be in its infancy and none of is would know what to buy. I was mesmerised by the gh1 josua tree film and bought the camera. Now we’re doing west coast USA for our honeymoon! Thanks Philip for all the inspiration and unlocking the wonder of the film and natural worlds!

  10. Tio Teo says:

    This is TERRIFIC! Like you Philip, I was slow to blogging and am beginning to see the light. I hope to incorporate what you’ve done on your website for my own ventures.

    Thanks for sharing…everything.

    Tio Teo

  11. arif rasib says:

    you are an inspirational leader.

  12. Serge Taveras says:

    Wow this put a smile on my face.
    Thank you for all you do for all of us.
    As you can see I check in atleast 20 a day, My email, Your page and the CNN homepage are my top checkin sites of every day.

    Thanks Phil.


    1. pbloom says:

      thanks serge

  13. jshalvorsen says:

    I must admit I don’t mind going through a few problems when learning something new, but this blog has become a daily stop for me. I really appreciate what you do here, I didn’t know who you were before I started working with the 5D mk2 just a couple of months ago and did some googling(due to problems). Now I come by this blog every single day, usually several times a day, reading all the posts about the HDSLR’s and enjoying every single post/update.


  14. Jonny Jones says:

    Great spot about you mate!! Captured everything brilliantly!

  15. Jared Abrams says:

    Great, Great Stuff! I have learned so much from meeting you Mr. Bloom. I can’t thank you enough.

    1. pbloom says:

      you can call me Phil Jared!

  16. Peter M. says:

    A big THANK YOU for taking the time to provide the background on projects and sharing all the knowledge.

  17. John Gordon says:

    I was so upset I wouldn’t be able to see you at SXSW. I had a film in the Texas High School Shorts program and filmed it with my Canon Rebel T1i DSLR! I was in Ireland at the time, but guess what!? I saw you doing an interview on TV there too in one of the Dingle Pubs! It was sooo cool.
    – John

  18. A good interview Philip and can I once again add my thanks for all the hard work you do – you are an inspiration and a great source of information. Thanks to you, I have a landscape documentary & a short film done or almost done, and I am involved now in a feature length film this summer. It would not have happened without you.

  19. Jeff says:

    Wow! Great piece Phillip. Shows how cool of a guy you really are. Didn’t realize you get over 700-800 emails a day. We all appreciate you doing everything you can for us.

  20. Justin says:

    Was that a Greedo t-shirt? Awesome

  21. Luis Palha says:

    That’s a problem those flickering things. I had the same problem when shooting my music video ’cause the background plasmas where at 60 HZ instead of 50, that’s what they should have been at. And you don´t see it in monitors. Go figure.

  22. Michael Robertson says:

    Awesome! I just shared this with our organization’s marketing director who also knows the value of those online tools, as well as the Canons we recently acquired!

  23. Anonymous says:

    You’re a great human being Philip. Peace be on you.

  24. Dave © says:

    Very cool, indeed!

  25. Nice interview Phil! Your website is an amazing resource that I recommend everyone I meet to visit and explore! I really enjoy and get a lot from all your videos, its great seeing someone deep in the industry showing how they do what they do. Thank you so much for all your time and expertise and keep up the great work!

  26. Peepo says:

    Thanks for everything that you have shared – I’ve just got into filmmaking from stills, and have learnt LOADS from your site.

    You really deserve all the success that you are having now

  27. Nice interview Philip, press office work in Italy but in the morning before reading the newspapers look at your blog, always full of interesting innovations that stimulate creatività.
    Ciao Alex

    “Sorry for my English is a Google translation”

  28. Komsan says:

    Ok… if I want to start a blog and become successful like Phil… 3 hours a day social networking! Malcolm Gladwell would say that you are on the way to that 10,000 hour master mark!

  29. Slava Kouznetsov says:

    Thanks for everything you do to help us. You are one great man.

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  31. Jay Gannon says:

    Phil, coming from an ENG background have you seen many using DSLR’s as almost covert cameras for non-hardlined ENG? Or for ENG in general?

  32. Michael Shaw says:

    Cool. Nice piece.

    What a difference a year makes.

    I remember last year at NAB (back when you only had 200-300 followers on Twitter) when I helped you win a bet with Zacuto (Weiss?) that you could get someone to bring you a cappuccino by sending out a tweet asking for one.

    Not only did I feel like a total geek, but a semi-stalker as well. I would suppose that if you did the same tweet this year not only would it be a totally normal thing to do, but you would probably have a queue around the corner of people with coffee in-hand.

    It has been great following you (literally and figuratively).

  33. Ed D says:


    We all owe you so much, for the hard work and dedication to your blog, facebook and twitter. You without a doubt were the biggest inspiration for me. I bought my first HD camcorder because of you, so you better hope my film career pans out, just kidding. Set aside the 800 emails a day you get, and the cell phone constantly ringing. I really don’t think you realize how many people and how much you have inspired and helped people. Next time your sitting in the pub, enjoying that wonderfully tasting pint, pat yourself on the back my friend. Two years ago, I was communicating back and fourth with you about equipment, schooling, etc. And now here we are today, and in three weeks I begin shooting a full feature indie film. Which by the way I started out as the camera operator and was quickly bumped to DP. Thank you my friend, someday I will find a way to repay you for all this hard work you have done for us. Enjoy the holidays, mate.

    Ed Dobry

  34. Anton says:

    Very cool to see a little behind the scenes into your life and what you put into keeping up your web-presence. I really enjoy the the information you’re putting out. Thanks!

  35. Mike says:

    Philip you are a master at Social Media Web 2.0

    There are a lot of fake experts that try to teach Social Media Web 2.0 and what they do so follow you and if you do not follow you them back they un-follow you.

    Those fake Social Media Web 2.0 experts use a program that manages your twitter account

    I can see people hiring you also for a workshop on Social Media Web 2.0

    I really think the best websites for people to get exposer are the video websites like Vimeo, YouTube and other video websites. Those sites get a lot of traffic and people will find you if they are looking for that kind of info then let those people know about your Twitter account and facebook account.