Hi all, I've been thinking about starting a film collaborative based in NYC for quite some time now. I was going to start it last summer, but, you know, global pandemic. Now that things are back to normal (mostly), I'd like to start it this month. Here's the breakdown of what I'd like to do:
- The collective exists to shoot films written by collective members. If you are a member, you are guaranteed the chance to write something that the rest of the group will help shoot at some point.
- Each week, the collective meets (in person or virtually). There will be several things on the agenda, but in a nutshell the group will decide which project to shoot, revise, shoot, storyboard, etc.
- The group shoots every week. I am assuming that everyone in the group has a full time job (I do), so shoots will be limited to weeknights and weekends.
- Members must live in NYC or somewhere in the Tri-state area that wouldn't make in-person meetings and shoots difficult.
- Members collectively buy into and own a share of the camera. If at any time a member would like to leave the group, she/he sells their share back to the group or to another person looking to join. The camera would be stored at a third party TBD by the group members. I'm committing as much as $1000 to this, though members wouldn't have to buy-in nearly that much. The price of the buy-in share would be determined on the first collective meeting. Obviously, the more buy-in, the better the camera.
- Members must be vaccinated for COVID. (seriously, WHY HAVEN'T YOU BEEN VACCINATED YET?)
- No egos. Everyone in the collective is there to learn and improve the craft of filmmaking. You are not James Cameron, and this is not the set of Titanic.
- We will make shitty films. They will suck. Badly. I am okay with this, and all members of the collective must also be okay with this. But maybe, as we improve and learn to work together, the films will get better. If we get good enough, we can submit to competitions.