February 10, 2015 at 2:39PM

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Finding Jobs and filling Positions with social media

A couple years ago, I was rig gaffing Disney's Earth to Echo and ran into a staffing problem. It was a tier 3 show, which means it was one step below scale in the union world, so not terrible pay but not the best, plus the town was busy. This caused the job to become a revolving door of electricians, as people took other work or had to take days off. This is normal, but I was having a hard time keeping up with different crew members ever-changing schedules. People would tell me they were already booked on jobs the following week but then they would find out later the other job cancelled. I would not ask about their availability for the following week because why would I? They told me they were all ready booked. I would find out, later of course, they had been available.

Then I got to thinking, wouldn't it be great if on Facebook you could change your work status, just like your relationship status. So now not only would I know you are in a complicated open relationship with your cat...I hope you two figure it out, I could also see if you are available for work tomorrow.

DayPlayerApp.com is an attempt to do just that. It correlates with your Facebook friends list, and lets you know which ones are available for work. You and your friends can sign in and change your status to "available", or "not available" and your friends are informed of this when they are looking for crew. There are instructional videos below.

DayPlayerApp.com how to
http://vimeo.com/106438249

Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/DayPlayerAppForCrew
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Let me know what you think.

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February 11, 2015 at 2:22AM

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Jeffrey Siljenberg
Cinematographer
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Try in people of hour.

February 11, 2015 at 5:21AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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I'm sorry not sure if I know what you mean by "people of hour" ?

February 14, 2015 at 6:22PM

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Jeffrey Siljenberg
Cinematographer
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This is a great idea, the app is currently a bit buggy but I hope that you can develop it to be fully functional and it gets widely adapted. I'm always posting/ sharing Facebook status trying to connect friends with work.

February 11, 2015 at 10:16AM

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Chris Reed
Director
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This idea is also in use on some staffing sites, notably staffmeup.com. It's definitely useful if you're looking to work with people you already know.

February 15, 2015 at 5:48PM

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Jon Kline
Director of Photography
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