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A List of Film Collaboration Websites

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  • Rupert Howe
    Not about videoblogging, but about social networks and other online resources for filmmakers: I found this list via Peter Marshall s blog Film Directing Tips
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 7, 2009
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      Not about videoblogging, but about social networks and other online
      resources for filmmakers:

      I found this list via Peter Marshall's blog "Film Directing Tips" on
      which he posts daily links to film & video blog posts: http://filmdirectingtips.com/

      The original article can be found at:

      A List of Film Collaboration Websites
      LAST UPDATED 8/30/2009

      It seems like I get a pitch in my inbox once a week for a website that
      allows filmmakers to collaborate or raise funds. In the interest of
      keeping them straight in my own head, I've decided to start a list.
      Here they are, in alphabetical order. Add the names of the many I've
      overlooked in the comments below.

      Booklaka is a Web 2.0 site that aims to be a one-stop shop: a social
      network, jobs board, fund raiser and web distribution platform. They
      have way too intrusive ads for my taste.

      Yes, I'm including this old standby. Why? Because, although it doesn't
      offer all the social media bells and whistles of other websites, it's
      a great way to crew a movie, or find used equipment. It definitely has
      the widest user base of any of these websites, and it is conveniently
      organized by geography.

      Eumagine Factory
      This site bills itself as a watering hole for producers and editors,
      at least I think it does. The English on the site seems to be machine-
      translated. Also, the pages loaded slowly when I tried clicking around.

      Five Sprockets
      Five Sprockets is a Web 2.0 offering that is designed explicitly for
      filmmakers. It has modules for collaborating on every aspect of
      production. I like that it feels more like software than 'Facebook-for-
      filmmakers.' You can read my initial assessment here.

      This site has a terrible name and wasn't even working when I went to
      check in on it. They do have a Facebook page, which convinces me I
      didn't invent the name in a terrible dream about a dictionary and a
      tornado. From the looks of it, they run competitions in addition to
      being a social networking site for filmmakers.

      They just got a nytimes.com mention, although it doesn't sound like
      their model is entirely solvent. Still, if they are around long enough
      for you to raise money, it looks like a nice site. One drawback is
      that the contributions your donors make through them are not tax-
      deductible, which can be a big incentive for people to give.

      Mandy seems to be one of the main production jobs boards, at least
      here in LA. They have a great user base of working professionals.

      People Jar
      People Jar aims to help people looking for people with specific
      talents. The example they give in a press release is "a blonde hair,
      brown eyed actor that lives in LA and knows how to scuba dive." I went
      to the site and searched for just that. I got 0 results. Maybe the
      site will get enough users for that fine-grained a search. Right now,
      it seems optimized for searching for actors by location and union
      affiliation, which is useful enough. It might work better as a
      Facebook or MySpace app -- someplace that already has a larger built-
      in user base.

      If Craigslist is too broad for you, you could use ProductionHUB to
      post and find crew. I've never heard of anyone using it - I think
      Mandy pretty much dominates this space.

      Power Filmmaking
      This is a social network for filmmakers that seems to be in large part
      promotion for filmmaker Jason Tomaric's book and filmmaking tutorial
      videos. It doesn't have a large user base and had some kinks that
      still needed to be worked out last time I tried it. Still,
      registration is free and there is a lot of useful filmmaking
      information available after you register, so I might recommend it to

      Shooting People
      This is not a website for people who like to hunt the most dangerous
      game, it's a social network for indie filmmakers. From what I can
      tell, they have a pretty active community, mostly European, especially
      UK. I get lots of emails from them which I quickly started to ignore
      which makes them a bit spammy. The site costs £30/yr to join but I
      don't remember paying any money so maybe it used to be free. They get
      funds from the UK Film Council which is a serious movie funding
      organization. There's a wealth of informational resources on the site
      (including access to David Lynch's famous weather reports) which makes
      the design a bit cluttered and they will host/stream your movie for
      you. I haven't gotten anything out of the site but I haven't put any
      time or effort into to trying to get anything out of the site.

      Talenthouse is not just limited to filmmakers, although they claim
      Fernando Meirelles (co-director, City of God) as a user. They aim to
      have musicians, photographers, fashion designers and artists as well.
      Don't know much beyond that other than it looks UK oriented and the
      main page is too busy for my taste.

      Tribe Hollywood

      Tribe Hollywood has been around much longer than most of these sites.
      Way back in 2004, some NYU grads decided to start an industry
      networking site as a way to advance their careers. As an NYU grad, I'd
      like to be able to recommend the site, but I haven't gotten anything
      out of it other than a lot of spammy emails. I guess I could be
      sending spammy emails right back. The site is in need of a re-design
      to compete with all the uber-clean web 2.0 offerings. One advantage it
      has is that only real industry professionals are allowed to join, so
      it is smaller and more serious by design.

      As you can see from when I talked about this site earlier, their
      confused pitches didn't convince me to try a three month trial. They
      have a cute, clean design but it looks like the site would be dead in
      the water if LinkedIn added the ability to have reels. Does anybody
      pay to post their reel and resume? You could do it free with Vimeo and

      You may think of Vimeo primarily as a video hosting site. But they
      also have some social networking features and are more aggressive than
      YouTube in seeking out filmmakers and film artists (as opposed to
      people who upload videos of their cats). I like that you can add
      yourself to the credits of films to which you contributed. Although
      it's not built specifically for collaboration, the clean interface and
      social features make Vimeo a fun option.

      Wreck A Movie
      A group of filmmakers in Finland created a platform so they could
      collaborate over the web to create a parody movie called Star Wreck:
      In the Pirkinning. They later decided to open up the platform. Wreck A
      Movie seems to have a pretty strong international user base, with a
      decided emphasis on computer effects specialists. They are also very
      active on Twitter.
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