1. Multiple Cities

    September 5th, 2012

    Filmkin is now available in every major city in the United States!


    With the recent update today, Filmkin enters the national view of filmmakers. Now, filmmakers and vendors from every major city and metropolitan area in the US can collaborate on projects together. This also brings a few new features that are worth looking at for a moment.

    My Locations. You can select up to 5 locations for your search capabilities on the site. This means that when finding projects and filmmakers, you will see all that live in the cities you call your own. For example, a filmmaker that works in both San Diego and Los Angeles can choose both cities in the My Locations area of the new home page sidebar. When searching for projects, both cities will be included in the search.

    Your profile will reside in your home city however, so others know where to find you. You can change your home city from the Edit Profile page in your account.

    New Home Page. Filmkin now has a home page that highlights whats new in your network. This should give you a quick summary of the state of your network.

    Bug fixes. We tuned the site during this latest release, dealing with some left overs from the previous release.

    Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the new Filmkin!

    - Scott
  2. Davinci Resolve Tutorials

    September 3rd, 2012
    I recently found a new website for learning Davinci Resolve by Black Magic Design. The site is called Color Grading Central, which is run by a pro color grader named Denver Riddle (not an alias). Check out the site and learn more about how to color grade your film in the same tools the professionals use: http://www.colorgradingcentral.com/davinci-resolve-tutorials
  3. What are your goals for 2012

    January 14th, 2012
    Hello Filmmakers,

    What are your goals for 2012?

    We tend to see life in phases. Days, months, and years are the calendar version while school, work, marriage, children and other human phenomena are the life event version of this concept. Here we are at the beginning of a new year and the question often comes up, "What is your new year's resolution?"

    The usual answers are related to health and vices (ie. quit smoking, join a gym, go on a diet). While I don't personally make resolutions like those listed, I do tend to make goals for the year. Or, at least, try to look in my crystal ball to see what the year will entail. 

    I am a huge fan of making goals and achieving them. There are very few things in life more satisfying than identifying a difficult task, planning and achieving it.

    This year, I have goals for writing a feature length script, expanding Filmkin and other business related goals. What are yours?

    Thanks for reading,

    Scott
  4. Team Credits

    August 13th, 2011
    I want to highlight some of the main features of Filmkin and how to use them effectively, covered over a series of blog posts. This post concerns the Team Credits feature in projects.

    What is it?


    Team Credits are the people working on your project. Think of it as a film credit like you would find in the scroll of the movie. Credits on Filmkin allow filmmakers to build up a nice collection of experience and show of the different projects they worked on. 


    How do I get credit?


    If you are the filmmaker working on a project and your name is not in the credits list, you should contact the project's producer and ask them to add you. 

    If you are not yet on the project and a position is available for you, click the Apply button on the project profile. The producer will receive an email with your application and most likely start vetting you for that position. If you are in, the site will send you an email congratulating you.

    Note: Please do not bug producers about whether or not they received your application.


    I'm the producer, how do I manage this?


    You can add credits/team to your project by clicking the Manage Team button on the project profile or the Manage Team tab when editing the project. From this page, click the Add Team Member button which will show a screen something like this:


    From here, choose the position of the new team member from the first set of drop down lists and then find your filmmaker. You can do this by searching their name or selecting a follower from the list. Just click their name and your selection with take on a magenta border.

    Click the Add to Team button when finished. Done! You just added a team member to your project!

    After doing a couple of these you may want to re-order the team names which can be done on the Manage Team page by clicking and dragging the credits in whatever order you want. However, if a filmmaker has multiple credits, the first credit determines the position in the list and all additional credits will be combined into the one when looking at the project profile.


    I'm the producer and received an application via email, what now?


    When a filmmaker applies to your project, you will receive an email with their name, position applied for and some contact info. From here, you should start whatever your normal process is for choosing team members. 

    Once you made a decision, log into your account and go to your account Dashboard. You should see a Pending Applications box at the top of your activity feed with two buttons. Click the appropriate button to approve or ignore the application.

    One final note on this. Once you approve an application or manually add a team member, you should determine whether you need anyone else for that same position and update your project profile. For instance, if you chose a Director, chances are that you do not need to accept applications for that position anymore, so update your profile and remove Director from the list of positions available.


    Thanks for reading,

    - Scott Wenger
  5. Conversations

    July 21st, 2011
    I want to announce the recent launch of the Filmkin Conversations feature! This is a multi-faceted feature that is a one stop shop for many of the communication methods on this professional network. Briefly, here are some of the main points and how to use this new feature.

    Private, Local and Open


    There are 3 types of conversations. Each has their specific uses which are explained below.
    • Private conversations are great for communicating between a small group where you don't want everyone to see your comments. When you create a project, a private conversation is automatically created for all the team members to communicate project business.
    • Local conversations are public, but only visible to people in your city. This is great for city specific groups to discuss filmmaking with other filmmakers in their local area.
    • Open conversations are publicly visible to everyone in the world.

    the Countdown


    Anyone can create a conversation, but not all topics are worthy of public status. So, to cut down on limited or unpopular conversations, I built in a checks and balance system. Local conversations need to have at least 5 conversationalists to remain public, while open conversations need 10. If after ample time of exposure has passed and the required participants is not met, the conversation will revert to a private conversation between those who already joined.

    Moderation


    When you create a conversation, you have the ability to moderate it with some basic tools. These powers will expand over time, but the current features include deleting comments, editing the conversation details and granting moderator rights to others. All moderators have these same abilities, so grant moderator rights prudently.

    Invitations


    For nearly all conversations, you may invite the people who follow you on Filmkin. The only current exception to this rule are project conversations. Membership in a project conversation is dependent on the Team list. If you are on a project Team, you are automatically allowed in the project conversation.

    If you are a project producer with an existing project on the site and would like it to have an automated conversation added, please email me at [email protected] and I'll add it.

    This is a giant leap for Filmkin. As always, while the site is in limited release beta phase, please report all issues you find to me at [email protected]


    Thanks for reading,

    - Scott Wenger
  6. Door Prize Winner

    July 14th, 2011
    The winner of the SD Filmmaker Group attendee door prize is Justin Little. He won a year subscription to Videomaker Magazine, courtesy of Videomaker and the San Diego Filmmakers Group. Be sure to head over to Justin's profile and congratulate him.
  7. New Features

    July 11th, 2011
    I added many new features to Filmkin this weekend, so it's show and tell time. Some are easy to spot and will hopefully prove to be quite useful for you. Others are easy to miss, so I want to take a moment to point some of them out.

    Comments


    Profile comments are the first step to making Filmkin the ultimate collaboration tool for you as a filmmaker. While a simple thing at first glance, comments will help you get feedback on your profile and will be used as the framework for future conversation features on the site. More on this in a future post.

    the Filmkin Blog


    You already found this feature :) The blog is custom built for maximum integration into the fabric of the site and is designed to promote opportunities for discussion among filmmakers. It's designed tumblr style for the ultimate in micro-blogging, quick publishing formats. All the geekery aside, this means content will be added early and often, and you can be more involved than with a traditional blog!

    Account Dropdown


    You will notice a little arrow next to Account in the navigation bar at the top of the page (when logged in). Move your mouse over the top of it and notice the quick access to your account pages and other pages of interest. Less clicking to get where you need. Saving time, we all need more of that.

    Design Change


    If you have been on the site before this update, you will notice a change in the visual style of the site. There are many design changes throughout the site, like hidden shiny gems. Also, all profiles now have the new Google +1 button for your clicking enjoyment.

    These changes and additions are just the first of many to come. In the next few posts I will go over some of the major features of Filmkin to help you get the most out of the site.


    Thanks for reading,

    - Scott Wenger

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