If there is anyone going to NAB 2014 I would love to see you! I’ll be there from Monday until Thursday speaking at the NIKON Theater twice a day. NIKON asked me to come speak for them at the conference about filmmaking, making money in filmmaking and making the transition from making YouTube videos to shooting a Hollywood feature film.
Over the last few years, I got pretty close a few times… but that barrier is a magical one… and as superficial as it sounds, it felt so good to finally do it.
That good feeling isn’t from the money. Its all from being validated that you are awesome in someone elses eyes. That your work, your talent, you… you… you… are epic and amazing. Well, that and knowing you can pay your employees and bills… that feels very good too.
I’m going to start this story a while ago… 2009… when shooting on the Canon 5D mark II was just getting popular (don’t worry, it’s not that long of a story). Vu and I were shooting everything we could. We were shooting promotional videos for photographers, we were shooting a daily comedy show, we were shooting weddings, we would shoot anything. We drove to Los Angeles from Orange County once or twice a week just to meet up with other people making videos and posting them online. We had been doing this since 2005, before YouTube was a place we trusted to upload our videos.
All of this hustle and work and network building was confusing but so so fun. Meeting other like minded people and talking to them for hours and hours was one of the best feelings I ever had. But I never knew how it would actually benefit me. I just knew I liked it.
What did I actually like? I liked shooting, I liked talking about shooting, I liked showing people some cool tricks I learned or some new way to encode videos that saved time or bandwidth, I liked meeting someone then shooting with them and making something awesome but then going and shooting something else with someone new right after!
I was a slut.
Next week we are finally ready to begin private beta. I’ll be inviting mostly close friends on, but anyone waiting on our mailing list also might be asked to help us test.
Our developer is hard at work after a week of hard work… haha… and a 2 hour call last night. Just a few more little things and we will be ready!!! But again, I keep saying that.
So… I know there isn’t much information out there yet. But if you want to be one of the first people to be part of the new way of finding cast and crew… get in line and you probably will get an email asking to be part of our private beta.
Aaron and I talk a lot about how there’s just one more thing to do before we are ready to launch. “After just this one last step we can finally launch” is now a running joke because there is never going to really be one last thing. After our meeting today, we have 29 last things… most of them are bugs or changes required to be done before we begin a private beta. We have a handful of people that have helped us find some of these, thank you all, but we will be needing many more beta testers after these things are all fixed and done.
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Hi, I’m Lan Bui. I’m a filmmaker, or more accurately a Director of Photography… I shot my first feature narrative film last year. I also make photographs of people I think are awesome, produce and direct commercials… and now I’m working on making this website/app for people like me. People that make films, short films, commercials, internet fun videos, YouTube shows… pretty much any independent person that wants to do a shoot.
This is Aaron Dieppa. He is an amazing photographer (we have been around the world together on so many shoots) and my partner in Cast and Crew Call, he will mostly be working on the back end stuff so you might not hear from him much… but when you do it will be exciting stuff.
OK… so… the first thing most people might want to know is, what is Cast and Crew Call supposed to be… I think the basic level of what it will be is to help solve one problem I’ve encountered on every shoot I’ve been involved in: