In order to make a movie, you need a crew.
To that end, the Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media has launched an online tool called Colorado Reel-Crew, which will "enable the state's film industry workforce and support service companies to showcase their skills and services to producers considering filming in the state." Colorado Reel-Crew is part of a platform called Reel-Scout, which allows the film office to catalog and promote Colorado locations suitable for filming. Now, it'll be able to do so with local crew, too.
Colorado residents with "demonstrated production crew experience" can enter their information into the Colorado Reel-Crew database free of charge. Here are the details:
To register, residents can visit this link, select "register now" and follow the prompts to enter their information. Once the information is entered, incoming productions can identify local residents that can be hired to work on productions. Colorado Reel-Crew will be open to the public on August 1, 2013.
Lauren Grimshaw, the state's deputy film commissioner, describes Reel-Scout as "the gold standard" of film office software. While that may not sound very exciting, what it enables producers to do is pretty amazing; with a few clicks, filmmakers can access a database of Colorado filming locations (a 1950s-era downtown! an old-timey farmhouse! an abandoned shopping mall!) and Colorado crew members, such as production assistants, lighting specialists, makeup artists and even catering companies.
"Before, people would call us and say, 'Do you have photos of a 1960s town or a coal mining town?' and we'd have to go through our database, pull photos and e-mail them," Grimshaw says. "Now, this is just a one-stop shop."
It also puts Colorado on a level playing field with other states vying for filmmakers' business, including New Mexico -- which already has an impressive online database.
"It's about us exposing our depth of crew here to potential producers," Grimshaw says, "and it's a great way for people to get listed so producers know about them."
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The Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media has been making big strides toward putting the Centennial State back on filmmakers' maps (it was once a popular location) since Governor John Hickenlooper tapped Hollywood producer Donald Zuckerman to take the reins in 2011. Zuckerman's plan, which includes cash rebates and a loan guarantee, has been successful. This past year, the incentives have attracted feature films, reality television shows and a Hallmark Channel series that sounds like a tear-jerker.
More from our Television & Film archives: "Film incentives: Bulk of $1.3 million allocated for next fiscal year to go to Hallmark show."Follow me on Twitter @MelanieAsmar or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org