March 26, 2014

Technicolor Launches Creative District, a New Social Network for Filmmakers

Creative District LaunchTechnicolor's latest endeavor isn't a picture profile for your camera, but an online profile for your career. While many professional networks already exist for filmmakers, the backbone of Creative District is in its grant program, offering monthly grants (to U.S. residents) of $5,000 to projects in every stage of production. Click through to read more about Creative District and see if the social network might be in your future.

Creative District just launched today (though it's still in Beta), and it's an intuitive and aesthetically pleasing web experience. However, my question is: how are the grants chosen? Is it just a good marketing stunt? Currently users only have 300 characters to describe your project in the grant application. Those better be some convincing words.

Creative District control Panel

Creative District's General Manager Micki Krimmel has this to say about the platform:

Creative projects require a different approach to securing talent. Creative workers jump from project to project and often discover opportunities through word of mouth or social networks. Creative District provides a place to display their portfolio of work, find the best collaborators to help complete their projects, build their network, and take their careers and work to the next level.

Creative District Open Positions

In its current iteration, it's basically a search engine for projects with simple but elegant filmmaker profiles behind them. Therefore a project becomes the basis for an online interaction, much like your Stage32 or ProductionHub.

Creative District most notably provided a grant to the Fort Tilden filmmakers, who won the Grand Jury Prize at this year's SXSW, to help them finish in time for the festival. Directly from the Fort Tilden producer, Mollye Asher:

Now, with the support of Creative District, we can jump full steam ahead into the final stages of making Fort Tilden the film we always wanted it to be! The grant we have received will go directly into helping finish the sound mix, color correction and music licensing of the film.

Fort Tilden Wins Creative District Grant

The real barometer to any social network for me is the quality of its members, and so far on launch day I'm seeing a decent cross-section of good filmmakers on here. More tools for us! I encourage you to go through their easy sign up process and explore a bit, you find might some future collaborators.

Will you use Creative District to find collaborators or apply for their grant? Let us know your impressions in the comments below.

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Love it.

March 26, 2014 at 6:37PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Dominik Belancic

"Those better be some convincing words." ...The history of my life.

I will definitively try it. I hope this is better than craigslist. (Just kidding) Anything is better than craigslist.

March 26, 2014 at 6:47PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Edgar

Thanks for sharing our beta launch with your readers, Micah!

We’re just getting started with Creative District and we’re so excited to have so many great projects already on the network - almost 2,000! As you point out, I’m sure the grant program has something to do with it. To be honest, the grant program did start out as a marketing initiative. But then I thought about it more deeply and realized it is core to our mission to help filmmakers and other creatives #createmore. The grant program isn’t going anywhere and we’re exploring ways to expand it.

As for how grants are chosen, we look for a wide variety of projects at various stages of completion. We don’t want to support all feature films when there are so many awesome web projects out there! So variety is important. We also look for active CD projects - the more content the better - because we want the projects we feature to serve as good examples to the rest of the community with regards to what you can do with your project on CD. Projects remain eligible month over month so we encourage filmmakers to keep their projects updated with new content.

I hope this helps clear things up a bit! We still have a lot of work to do and we’re grateful to have so many people giving us feedback already. We believe in releasing early and often so improvements will come quickly! Thanks again for sharing this with your community.

Micki Krimmel
General Manager, Creative District

March 26, 2014 at 7:06PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Thanks for chiming in!

March 26, 2014 at 7:39PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Micah Van Hove
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director, producer, dp

Just signed up. Would appreciate if you guys can also add 'Country' to the search filter. Thanks.

March 26, 2014 at 8:46PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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JR

Very nice, site, just joined. Would be nice if we could search for Projects by location. Or am I missing something?

March 27, 2014 at 6:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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PayDro

I second this, seems like a given -How are you supposed to collaborate with projects in your city if you can't search for projects by city?

March 27, 2014 at 7:01PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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stephen

I agree. I'm trynna join some projects in my area.

March 27, 2014 at 10:03PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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is it US only or worldwide?

March 26, 2014 at 7:24PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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shaun wilson

OK just read T/C. Grants are only given for US residents.

March 26, 2014 at 7:28PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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shaun wilson

Call me when the grants are available in the UK (and worldwide).

March 26, 2014 at 8:05PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Filthy Punt

Hell yeah :) Still sounds good though. I also think NFS would make a great community for film makers if a forum is implemented on the re-launch (well - as long as all the crying stops) :p

March 26, 2014 at 8:33PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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That's the plan, and real names only. Coming this year.

March 26, 2014 at 8:37PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Joe Marine
Camera Department

They sent me an invite for this a while ago and I deleted the email because the last thing the world needs is ANOTHER ephemeral social network

March 26, 2014 at 9:23PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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john jeffries

wow why is my comment here i meant to reply to the article

March 26, 2014 at 9:24PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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john jeffries

Can't be soon enough!

March 27, 2014 at 8:30AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Raul

While you are at it, hope to see some type of rating system so that we get a good Idea who is worth working with and who we should avoid, kinda like products at Amazon. I will be positive and hope to collaborate with passionate individuals who just want to create.

March 29, 2014 at 10:37AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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PayDro

Great site, just joined. I think this will be a great spot to meet others and show off work.

March 26, 2014 at 11:00PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Grants for U.S only :( Yet again

March 27, 2014 at 3:01AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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US only but it is Technicolor after all so no problem with me.

March 27, 2014 at 6:30AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Gene

Sounds interesting, but who has time for another social media site? I've been a Stage 32 member for over 2 years now. Just love it.

March 27, 2014 at 12:47PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Julie D

hope it lasts longer than Technicolor Color Assist. thier last contribution to the film world.

March 28, 2014 at 8:57PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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steve chase

This is super interesting and promising :) There's a similar effort being made by the folks at stillmotion with a new website called Story & Heart (storyandheart.com). It's similar to this but focused more on the idea of providing real footage by filmmakers, instead of expensive anonymous stock footage.

Great article, thanks NFS!

March 30, 2014 at 4:06PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jorge Soto