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January Meetup Recap!

From: Jeff D.
Sent on: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 5:20 PM

What an awesome way to start the year!

We had a record turnout of about 40 folks and you could feel the energy in the room. We had a solid mix of every kind of artist that make films happen: actors, writers, directors, cinematographers, gaffers, PAs, producers, supervisors, stylists, musicians, singers, lawyers, distributors, students, veterans, hobbyists, painters, set designers, and more!

So when you hear me say filmmaker or storyteller, I'm simply trying to sum up all of these roles. All are welcome because we cannot do a film without each unique role and perspective.

It was clear that we all wanted to either see our scripts produced or work on cool projects.

The format of our meetup allowed for everyone to meet everyone, and if you think that sounds crazy, it actually works and you will have to experience it yourself at the next meetup in February (details soon)! I have already started hearing feedback from folks getting connected and working on cool projects (let me know if that's you!).

Joe Rohaley, who works with Lady Antebellum, had some openings for a shoot the next day (yesterday), so it's important to get involved if you want more opportunities.

How To Submit Your Script Ideas and Open Projects

Please email [address removed] to email the entire group an immediate need for an actor, PA, or extra help on a project you are working on now.

Please reply to this email to share with me directly about your script ideas that you want to open for the group to help produce this year. We will pick 1-3 main projects as our focus at one time, so that we do not spread ourselves too thin.

So far I have received script ideas from Cynthia and Bonny. I just need your log lines and synopses right now. If I don't see any more, I will go ahead and share what I have and start there. This is all an experiment so we'll adjust as we see what works and what does not!

Two Nashville Filmmaker Groups, More Opportunities

To avoid confusion, there is another filmmaker group that started up yesterday called the Nashville Filmmakers Guild (@NashFilmGuild). It is more of an audience/speaker format with guest speakers and attracts more cinematographers, directors, and sound designers. They meet on the second Monday of each month at Bongo Java, so if you cannot make our Meetup, be sure to catch the Guild meeting.

Calling All Screenwriters!

The Tennessee Screenwriters Association, which has it's first Meetup tomorrow (Jan 15th), was mentioned by our very own Rebbecca Ford, who is on the board there.

Our #Hashtag for Twitter

As I mentioned, let's all use the hashtag #nashfilm so we can all track our project statuses real-time as we tweet about the projects we are working on. This will also allow us to easily see, support, and follow our fellow Twitter peeps. Just search for that hashtag and see everyone who mentions it.

Meetup Q&A Recap

At our Meetup, we had some really great questions that we will be working on the answers to as we grow together. I will recap a few here with my initial answers, and we can discuss them more at our next Meetup.

Is Meetup the best place to talk to each other online? Can we start a forum or discussion board?

I am working on the answer to this. The short answer is that there is a Discussion board here on Meetup that we can try to use (look for Discussions link). Check that out and see if it works. Reply to this email with your feedback. There is also Nashville Universe, which is a ning site setup for communities to interact, run by our very own Michael Kenney.

The reality is that once you are on a specific project, your team will determine the best way to communicate that fits that team. Then you can circle back with the larger group when we meet and share experiences.

In addition to Meetup, can we start a Facebook group so we can see those who are active and involved?

Yes. Most of you have not added your Facebook link, Twitter handle, website with sample work, or skill sets to your Meetup profile, so it's hard to even invite you to a group on Facebook. I am guilty of this as well. Also, some of you have Meetup profiles that don't use any part of your real name or photo, so I have no idea who you are. Let's be sure to update what we can soon so we can contact those who are active. Thanks.

Is our Meetup group going to be producing films as a group or are we helping films and video projects already started by the members?

There rightly is some confusion around this. I'm sorry. It is confusing and as we grow and change, if you are not paying attention, it will get even more so. Let me be as clear as I can.

As a group, we will highlight 1-3 main projects our members are wanting to produce and see them through from start to finish. It might even end up being just one project at a time. This means talking most about them, asking for resources for them, finding actors for roles, etc. It should give those wanting to learn an opportunity to see first hand all that goes into producing a film or video. Anyone from this group who wants to be a part of producing those projects should be able to volunteer. And those leading the project should desire and be willing to plug as many folks into their film/video as they can.

While there will be numerous projects going on all the time from production companies, clients, and other projects from those in the group, these will not be our main focus but will act as extra opportunities to get involved.

For example, Michael Kenney shared that he needed folks to help with an Award Show on Feb 17th. He will send the group details to get involved with that, but it is not one of the main projects we will be focused on as a group.

Who legally owns what as we work on projects together?

I am not a lawyer, and this should not be taken as legal advice. I will merely suggest how I envision it working.

The spirit of what we are doing together is to both champion the creator community as well as offer our skills and talents in exchange for the experience of working on cool projects.

Whether you are the creator of an original screenplay leading a project, or a volunteer helping make it happen, I suggest you know exactly what you are agreeing to in writing before any work is done. That way, everyone is clear up front and we don't have any surprises. Simple.

In Summary

We kicked off a GREAT start to the year and have an amazing, dynamic group. Spread the word to your friends to join us and let them know that there could be an opportunity for them around the corner.

Our Next Meetup

Look out for our next Meetup on Sunday, February 16th at 7:00 pm at VIBE. Invite coming soon!

Love you all,

Jeff Dolan
Organizer, Nashville Filmmakers Meetup

PS. If you are getting too many emails from this Meetup because of all the members commenting on the forums, you can change your settings, but be sure not to opt out of these Organizer emails.

PSS. Remember, posting your email or phone number on the public Meetup website or anywhere online is not recommended due to spam. If your Meetup profile is setup correctly, everyone should be able to contact you through that and you can individually share your phone at that point over private email. Just a tip for your protection.


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