Filmmaking: Tips, Sources & Tools — August 4, 2011 at 10:35 am

ScreenCoyote – interesting approach to filmmaking



International filmmaking takes a giant stride with the launch of Screencoyote, an international filmmakers’ network, dedicated to facilitating cross-border collaboration. Scheduled to be launched this month, Screencoyote promotes cross-border and local collaboration as a way out of the financial pressures faced by independent and starting filmmakers.

It is also a means by which filmmakers can gain newer cultural perspectives, and achieve real influence, locally and internationally.

“The aim is to link the filmmakers all over the world, so they can sharpen their skills and tools to make their films, with or without financial support. This is the kind of thing filmmakers have been waiting for,” says Screencoyote’s founder, Ishmael Annobil.

“The idea is simple: if a filmmaker wishes to make a film in another town or country, but cannot afford to take crew and equipment there, he/she can simply elect fellow Screencoyote members over there to get the job done, on equitable terms,” Ishmael explains.

Through this simple strategy, “Screencoyote” aims to reverse the troubling trend of ‘survivalist’ collaborations that often lead to artistic insularity and brevity of form. “Screencoyote” offers free membership to all individual filmmakers, companies and studios, films schools, and related industries, whatever their role or size.

Open to Screencoyote is a partnership between London-based film director and journalist Ishmael Annobil, Chennai-based web developer and art director Prabhu Chandian, and London-based screenwriter, editor and marketer Lucas LoBlack. Those guys are responsible for the day-to-day running of “Screencoyote”.

Additionally, every member, individual or organisation, is entitled to one free advert placement every 30 days; a policy designed to make sure every member is included, whatever their means or location.

Screencoyote” underpins its progressive approach with a strict anti-exploitation policy. It does not publish any advert for ‘unpaid’ work. Instead, it stipulates three options for collaboration: ‘Paid’, ‘Deferred Pay’ and ‘Profit Share’. Furthermore, it insists on the signing of contracts and agreements before any collaboration.

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