CAHOOTIFY Now Has An EVENTS Page!

CAHOOTIFY is now running an Events page, where you can discover local and virtual events for filmmaking audiences!

The page has only been live for a few weeks, but we already have 15+ events to look at, including In Conversation with Filmmakers, an online panel held by Regent’s University London, and Encounters Bristol, the popular film festival currently accepting submissions.

If you’re running an event or you know of something that would be relevant to CAHOOTIFY, please get in touch with us and we can set up a page for our community to see.

Ideal events include film conferences, industry days, talks at film festivals, screenings followed by Q&As, and one-off workshops. Events can be live or virtual, as long as they’d be valuable to our community of aspiring and professional filmmakers.

Find the Events page by going to www.cahootify.com/events or simply go to the menu on the left-hand side while browsing CAHOOTIFY.

If you haven’t already, sign up to CAHOOTIFY at www.cahootify.com/create-account to have the freedom to showcase a portfolio, find opportunities, and recruit people for your film projects!

Contact us about an event:

Abigail Martin (Community Manager): abigail@cahootify.com

Pete Francomb (Chief Exec/Founder): pete@cahootify.com

‘Acting For Camera’ – A Course from The British Acting Academy

Are you an actor looking to improve your skills? Are you stuck at home and need something to occupy your time? Would you like to be taught by a professional Hollywood actor with plenty of credits to their name?

The British Acting Academy is hosting an exciting course, Acting for Camera, and students will be coached by BoJesse Christopher, an actor who has starred in various films and award-winning series. BoJesse has appeared in HBO’s True Detective, FOX’s Deputy, and alongside Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in Point Break.

During this course, students will cover warm-up exercises, audition techniques, scene study, rehearsals, on-camera technique and more. You will also receive detailed feedback from BoJesse during the sessions, applying it while working on your performance.

The course will be in the form of live workshops, running over four consecutive weeks with two-hour sessions on Tuesdays from 7PM-9PM.

If you’d like to apply, head on over to the British Acting Academy course page: https://www.britishactingacademy.co.uk/livevirtualactingcourses/p/acting-for-camera-bojesse

The course begins on 31st March and has a limit of 14 participants, so don’t hang around!

 

 

The British Acting Academy was founded by Gary Owston and Mark Horton (one of CAHOOTIFY’s members).

“The Premier British Acting Academy is here to offer the best in Drama and speech training for actors. We are bringing together a team of experts that will help deliver online training of the highest quality that is accessible to all.”

https://www.britishactingacademy.co.uk/about-us

https://cahootify.com/mark-horton

The Director’s Lined Script

What is it and how can it help you make better movies?

By Keith Kopp

The lined script is hands down the most important tool I have picked up on my directing journey and it marks a point where my films started to become more controlled. It is a clear way for me to note the coverage that I want, establish the shooting style and it helps me create my shot list. It can also help you to visualise the pace and tone of the film you are about to create. If you have ever seen a director toting a script around that has several lines (each represent a shot) with a number next to it, this is it.

An example of a lined script

When I first started making films I would just create a shot list after completing the script and the downside to this is it can easily turn into a confusing approach.  You might forget the coverage you initially wanted, this may shift the tone once you arrive on set and it makes you look underprepared. The lined script is your hack to the next level of directing.

How to create a lined script:

  1. First read the scene in your script – close your eyes and visualise – how does the scene look in your mind (be specific and try to fill in any gaps)?
  2. Remember that a basic scene is a master wide shot with two tighter medium shots (a set up you have seen on procedural television many times). There are times where this is economical storytelling, but does this feel too forumlatic for the story you wish to tell? What is your style, will the scene be covered in a oner with developing blocking?  Or will it have several shots with a faster pace to create tension?
  3. Draw a line either down the side or in the middle of the script and stop the line when you think the shot will end. You will then number the lines (these are your shot numbers). Most on the left hand side and go right but I do the opposite.
  4. Create a shot list that corresponds with your lined script, at a minimum you should have the shot number, scene number, description of the shot size/movement and description of the action you are covering in the scene. This will help you remember what the plan is but also allows your team to better understand your directorial vision.
  5. One of the signs of a seasoned director is that they are not shooting everything, they shoot what they know they need. There is a fine balance between having the coverage you need for your edit but also not rinsing your actors of their energy when you have their performance already covered from another angle.

There are several ways to do this and some directors have a whole language with scribbles and symbols. I personally use lines with a dash at the bottom to show the end of the shot or an arrow to signify its continuing at another page and a squiggly mark over anything that is off screen.

The lined script can also help you in the edit when it comes to recalling your initial intentions for coverage and shooting style. If you have a script supervisor on set they will make their own version of this which will outline what was actually shot (how takes, condensed shots, and any changes to the plan).

Keith Wilhelm Kopp is a director of several short narrative films, and he is currently in post-production of his debut feature film Translations (which was partially crewed up on Cahootify). He is currently developing a feature film with the support of the BFI Network. You can check out some of his work on his Cahootify profile.

We Were Included As a Top Startup by Welp Magazine!

In one of the newest articles published by Welp Magazine, ‘Top Digital Media Companies and Startups in the UK’, we were delighted to see that CAHOOTIFY has been given a mention.

Welp Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to providing advice, tools, and guidance for various businesses, launched in 2020, and they already have dozens of articles for ‘all your business needs’. These include recommendations for office equipment, accounting software, and strategies. They also document topical trends in the business and technology industries, such as how/when office workers can return to normal after the pandemic.

CAHOOTIFY has appeared in their list of the ‘Top Digital Media Companies and Startups in the UK’, an article released on December 6th 2020. We’re honoured to have been included amongst a slew of well-established names including Channel 4, Comedy Central, and AOL. As a company committed to helping  filmmakers make their projects happen, as well as everyone involved in the filmmaking process, it’s heartening to see the development and growth of the Cahootify platform recognised by their analysts.

You’ll find the full article  here: https://welpmagazine.com/top-digital-media-companies-and-startups-in-the-uk/

Are you a filmmaker, producer or actor? Don’t yet have a Cahootify account? Sign up at https://cahootify.com/create-account

Co-Working Relationships, the Law and the Minimum Wage

“Filmmaker seeks actor to play lead. £80 offered for three days.”

Shown above is a summary example of something I often see when creatives are seeking to make a project happen. One person (I shall call her “Jenny”) is looking for someone else (I shall call him “Joe”) to perform a role on a project. As a sweetener, Jenny is offering some money to Joe. She’s offering all that she can reasonably afford but less than the national minimum wage.

In this kind of case, someone often pipes in with some version of “you can’t do that, it’s illegal”.
Continue reading “Co-Working Relationships, the Law and the Minimum Wage”

How to use CAHOOTIFY: A set of short sharp video tutorials by Screenology

Those lovely folk at the Screenology film school have created a set of 9 short sharp tutorial videos on how to use Cahootify. The tutorials were created purely for Screenology’s own benefit but we’ve kindly been allowed to share them with you. These tutorials are aimed at first year students so if you’re an experienced industry professional some of the “third person” language might be slightly off the mark but when it comes to explaining how Cahootify works, they’ve done at least as good a job as we could have. Thank you Screenology. Enjoy!

1. Intro to CAHOOTIFY and kicking off your profile

2. Adding a gallery to your profile

3. Populating your project portfolio

4. Crediting your fellow cast and crew

5. Accepting a credit invitation

6. “Automagic” protected project versions

7. Advertising needs on an upcoming project

8. Expressing interest in another’s project need

9. Reviewing expressions of interest received

How to credit yourself on a project added by someone else (and why that’s OK)

There are two ways to credit yourself on someone else’s project – the first from your portfolio, the second from a project detail page.

1. From your portfolio

On your own profile, click the “Add Project to Portfolio” link at the top of your portfolio (on mobile screen sizes this is just a plus icon).On the form that comes up, enter the name of the project you wish to add and click/tap the “Add” button.If someone else has already added this project (or one with the same name…) then it will be presented to you in the following view. If it’s your project, click/tap on the “This is my project” button.You’ll then be taken to the “Add Project” form just as if you were adding a project from scratch – except that it will be pre-filled with the correct project information. If you wish to edit this information, perhaps because you feel it could be improved or because you wish to personalise it, you can just go ahead – Cahootify will “automagically” create a unique version for you without impacting anyone on the original project you just joined.

2. From a project detail page

From any project detail page, click on “I worked on this project” at the top of the team credits (just the plus icon on mobile).On the form that comes up, simply add the role tags for the roles you played on the project, then click/tap the “Save” button. Cahootify will both add you to the project team and add the project to your portfolio (or to the “Projects with Needs” section on your profile if the project isn’t completed and has needs).If you now wish to edit the project you can just go ahead – Cahootify will “automagically” create a unique version for you without impacting anyone on the original project you just joined.

Cahootify Credits and “Automagic” Project Versions

Cahootify is structured like IMDb in that multiple people – cast and crew – can be credited on a project. However, it’s much better than IMDb (though we say so ourselves…) in that each person or company on a project can then create their own version of that project – one where all the info is completely unique to them. This happens “automagically” without anyone even needing to think about it.

This means that, for example, if you’ve worked with a team of people on a series of projects, only one of you has to create each project and you can all easily have profiles that look fantastic. If you wish, you can then further tailor the project info in your own portfolio without impacting anyone else.

I’ve just explained how to credit yourself on someone else’s project. Link through for:

  1. How to credit someone else on a project you added (and why you should).
  2. Project versioning described in a little more detail.

All support documentation…

CAHOOTIFY credits and “automagic” project versions

Cahootify is structured like IMDb in that multiple people – cast and crew – can be credited on a project.

However, it’s much better than IMDb (though we say so ourselves…) in that each person or company on a project can then create their own version of that project – one where the info is completely unique to them. This happens “automagically” without anyone even needing to think about it.

So if you credit yourself on a pre-existing project (or someone else has invited you to accept a credit on their project), then that project will immediately appear on your profile.

But if you then edit that project…

…any changes you make will only appear on your profile – the original will be untouched.

Conversely, if you credit others on your projects, you can rest assured that any changes they make will only appear on their profiles, not on yours. This applies to every piece of data on a project – the title, the sizzling teaser, the description, the embedded media – even the gallery.

Maximum Efficiency, Complete Individuality

This means that, for example, if you’ve worked with a team of people on a number of projects, only one team member has to create each project, the rest can just join it – and you’ll all have great-looking profiles. If you wish, you can then further tailor each project’s info in your own portfolio without impacting anyone else.

About Crediting Yourself and Others on Projects

I’ve just explained how project versions work and how that means you can be credited on a project team yet retain complete control over your own profile and project portfolio.

So get crediting!

  1. How to credit someone else on a project you added (and why you should).
  2. How to credit yourself on a project someone else added (and why that’s OK).

All support documentation…

 

Go Green with Enviable: How CAHOOTIFY role tag colours work

CAHOOTIFY role tags on a person’s (or company’s) profile can be grey (like “Screenwriter” on John’s profile below) or green (like “Producer” and “Director”). A green role tag signifies that the individual or company profiled has experience in that role – though it says nothing of the standard at which they performed that role – that’s up to the viewer to investigate and judge!

Cahootify knows about “experience” by whether or not the same role tag has been applied to a completed project in the profile portfolio – in other words, whether or not the owner of the profile has evidenced that they’ve performed that role.

As such, it’s important that the profile role tags match the project role tags exactly. So if your profile has an “Actor” role tag, for example, it’s no good only adding a “Lead Actor” role tag to the project – the “Actor” tag would remain grey in that case (although we do have upgrades coming up that will “associate” similar tags…).

Each role tag only has to be matched once, however, so there’s nothing stopping you from, for example, adding both “Actor” and “Lead Actor” to your profile role tags, then “Lead Actor” to one project and just “Actor” to another.

As well as being displayed on the profile itself, this experience is shown anywhere that the profile is listed – in particular, on the main “People with Skills” listing and on the team listing/credits on a project detail page.

Naturally, those profiles that demonstrate experience in a particular role are more likely to attract further investigation than those that don’t. Cahootify will also show experienced people in search results above the inexperienced.

(Note, however, that Cahootify gives no hierarchy to level of experience – those that have marked themselves as “aspiring” will appear alongside “established professionals” unless the searcher has actively chosen to filter by one or the other.)

In short, green is better. Go green!

All articles about role tags…
All support documentation…