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Must Watch Top 7 TED Talks on Filmmaking

Top 7 Ted Talks On Filmmaking


Must Watch Top 7 TED Talks on Filmmaking

Here are the Top 7 TED talks on Filmmaking. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. It is set of conferences held globally where eminent personalities speak about their expertise in their respective fields. Though TED initially held talks only on Technology & Design, later it started holding talks on culture and art including Films. All these talks are shared on their website ( and their Youtube channel.

 And, even later they expanded their horizon by sharing TEDx talks. TEDx, are independent talks held by third party organizers by obtaining the official license from TED. This enabled them to hold talks in many countries and having a big diverse amount of subjects in their collection.

Here, we selected 7 TED Talks on Filmmaking, which are the finest-

  1. Before Avatar … a curious boy” by James Cameron

James Cameron is the Academy Award winning film Director who has directed some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of all time like Titanic, Terminator, Avatar, etc. Two of his films, Titanic & Avatar are highest grossing films of all time. He is well known for his science fiction films and his use of VFX. In this TED talk, he talks about how curiosity and imagination can lead a man to creativity. The talk inspires you to do things that you have never done before. He talks how his experiences in life made him what he is as a filmmaker.


James Cameron at TED Talks, Sharing his Experience on Filmmaking 

2. “The mystery boxby J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams is a writer and film director of the award-winning TV Series & Films like Lost, Star Trek, Felicity, etc. His latest film Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) is the third highest grossing films of all time. In this TED talk, he talks about his quest for unseen mystery.


3. “The clues to a great story” by Andrew Stanton

Andrew Stanton is an Animation Film Director at Pixar Animation studios. His films are highly popular and have won multiple awards. He won the Oscars for Finding Nemo and WALL-E. In this TED talk, he talks about how to tell a great story.


4. “The Beautiful Lies of Sound Design” by Tasos Fratzolas

Tasos Fratzolas is an Audio Engineer and is the founder of, which is most popular sound effects library worldwide. In this TEDx talk, he shows us how Sound Design shapes our experience of watching a film.


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5. “We are the stories we tell ourselves” by Shekhar Kapur

Shekhar Kapur is an Indian Film Director who has directed some of the Landmark Films of India. He won the National Award for Bandit Queen. His film Mr. India is a cult hit. He has also worked in Hollywood Films. One of his most popular films worldwide is Elizabeth: The Golden Age. In this TED talk, he talks about how to break your inhibitions as a filmmaker and how to think simply out of the chaos.


6. “The art of creating awe” by Rob Legato

Rob Legato is an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor. He has worked on Films like Titanic, Hugo, Apollo 13, Star Trek, etc. In this TED talk, he talks about his way of enhancing the reality and the mundane things



7. “A cinematic journey through visual effects” by Don Levy

Don Levy is an Academy Award winning Visual Effects Artist. He has worked in Sony Pictures Imageworks for a long time. In this TED talk, he shows us the evolution of VFX throughout the History of Cinema.


All these Best TED talks on Films and Filmmaking can be accessed from this playlist:


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  1. Nikhil

    June 22, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Certainly, this is one of the best talks for filmmakers. All the videos and the explanations mentioned here are perfect. However, on my random search, i got some more best TED talks presented by the filmmakers, cinematographers, Video Editors, actors and sound Designers

    1. TED Talks by Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots
    2. Gene editing can now change an entire species

    3. TED TALKS BY cinematographers on Cinematography
    The art of creating awe- Rob Legato

    4. Beeban Kidron:The shared wonder of film

    5. Karen Bass:Unseen footage, untamed nature

    Ofcourse, there are lots such videos. Include more TED Youtube videos on filmmaking, sound designing, editing etc

  2. FMF Resources

    July 2, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you for your replay on “Top 7 TED Videos on Filmmaking”

  3. Manish

    July 4, 2016 at 4:27 am

    Thank you! I am totally agreed this top 7 Talks on Filmmaking.
    As Filmmakers Fans is a specially created Website for teaching aspirant filmmakers everything about Filmmaking Techniques, we are suggesting you guys to update this Article timely.
    I would also ask you all team to point your attention on the TED filmmaker talks videos suggested by Mr. Nikhil.
    What’s your Take?

    • FMF Resources

      July 4, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Sure Manish. We Will try to add more TED Talks for filmmakers.
      But, you know that there are many TED talks on Filmmaking, Cinematography presented by Filmmakers and Film Editors and there are as many TED fILMMAKING videos uploading to the YouTube day to daY, it will be a difficult task to update this article.
      Queries like this are really helpful us in many ways

  4. Sreesanth

    July 15, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Ineed, these are the top TED Talks. But, a Request to the Filmmakers Fans team that please update this article at least once in a month. Not only TED, there are too many filmmaking videos are releasing on every day. So, it will good to see fresh videos first on this site


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