THE COLLABORATION ISSUE
The digital age has given creative professionals many impressive tools. Access to powerful laptops and online networks are just some of the
many advances allowing today’s creative
talent to become a truly distributed
workforce. The availability of editing
software, high-speed Internet connections
and FTP clients are also among the more
obvious features changing the industry.
Sadly, the options for networking
and collaborating on creative projects
haven’t evolved at the same speed. Far too
many photographers, directors and their
collaborators are still relying on long email
chains, text-based instant messaging, and
unsecure photo/video sites for feedback
and review with clients and team members,
often leading to a chain of confusion. Does
your client have the right codec for the rough cut you uploaded? Who
asked for the blonde model instead of the brunette, the art director or
the Vice President? Which edit did marketing finally sign off on?
Thankfully, that is starting to change. A new generation of
How online platforms are bringing video collaborators
together like never before. BY JOSH ROOT
companies is currently developing Web-based tools to address the
needs of creative professionals. From finding and connecting with
talent for a specific project, to client feedback and cloud-based
editing, there is a new dawn for creative collaboration. Here are
three sites worth taking a look at.
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the rest of today’s social media
have their uses. But promoting yourself and connecting with creative
professionals in the middle of the constant white noise can be
frustrating, if not downright impossible.
Movidiam ( www.movidiam.com), a U.K.-based company, aims
to change that. Covering everything from the initial search to final
payment, Movidiam offers online job listings, media asset uploading,
TOP: Movidiam is one of a new crop of online platforms that help video pros connect
and collaborate across borders and time zones. LEFT: Movidiam fuses a social
network with project management for creative pros working in commercial video.