The Colorado Film and Video Association is the publisher of the long-running Colorado Production Guide (online at http://www.cfva.com/productionguide ), but there are two other directories of Colorado crew, vendors and resources (one currently published, one coming in a matter of days). In addition, there was another guide which published until earlier this year (iFilmColorado/ShootColorado), but is now defunct. We’ll cover all of these guides in this article.
Is that a lot of directories for one small industry in one state? Yes, it is, but that’s the way it is, and it’s up to each crew member and vendor company to use all of the guides to their best advantage. Here’s the rundown.
The Colorado Production Guide
Since 1996 the CFVA has published the Colorado Production Guide, though it was born in the offices of the Film Commission many years before that, went through several years of being published by a private out-of-state company, and was finally taken over by the CFVA after a group of film crew (MPFA) formed an insurrection to push the Commission to bring the Guide back to the state. The MPFA group, all film freelancers, felt that the Missouri publisher was too removed, that the corporate structure was too unresponsive to the needs of the Colorado film community, and that film freelancers in particular were being shortchanged. MPFA felt that the CFVA would be a better publisher for the state’s official directory. MPFA dissolved shortly after this move, as achieving a better Guide was it’s only mission.
The Colorado Production Guide lists people and companies under a broad range of crew and vendor categories. Membership in CFVA provides one free listing in the Guide, with additional listings available for $20/year. Membership in CFVA is required ($50/year for individuals, packages for companies), and provides other benefits, such as social events and the CFVA newsletter.
Listings in the Colorado Production Guide include photos, description of services and credits, and links to both the personal IMDB page and IMDB links (for up to three projects), which film commissioner Donald Zuckerman says is now demanded by incoming producers. Listings can also include links to demo reels and photographs, to provide a comprehensive view a member’s capabilities.
The Guide was recently redesigned and relaunched; the redesign incorporates optimization to point search engines to each page of listings.
The Colorado Production Guide is part of the overall CFVA site, with additional news, events, etc. Because the Film Commission, as a state agency, cannot take a political stance, or lobby, the CFVA steps into the political action arena to advocate for our industry.
Film In Colorado
Grip/Electrician Justin Griesinger started the Film In Colorado Production Directory in late 2011, wanting to include more information about many aspects of film-related activities in the state: festivals, classes, jobs, casting calls and more. He especially felt that there was a need for tighter manual vetting of listings in a crew guide, and took on that task himself, checking and validating each listing. Mr. Griesinger felt that a strictly vetted guide would give the Colorado production base a better reputation with incoming producers.
The Film In Colorado guide is unique in featuring a Talent section, with actors broken out by gender and age range, plus additional categories for stunts, body doubles, hand models and more. All of the actors and models listed are signed with an agent, with each actor’s listing linking to their profile on the agent’s site, giving exposure to both talent and agency.
Listings in the Film In Colorado Production Directory are $25/year for crew and services, and free for actors with agents.
Mr. Griesinger has paid close attention to search optimization for his site. He is currently in the early stages of an overall site revamp.
Justin Griesinger is a grip and electrician in Denver, and co-owner of the studio space Circuit Studios.
Reel Crew / Colorado Film Commission
Along with an updated website, the Colorado Office of Film Television and Media (Colorado Film Commission) will begin publishing its own, more minimalist directory of crew, services and vendors on August 1. The Commission began building it’s crew list several months ago, and is also building a searchable directory of Colorado locations, which will also be part of the coloradofilm.org website.
The Commission’s directory will include people and businesses listed by category, and will feature credits verified by Commission staff. Listing in this guide is free, but verifiable listings are required for each category. It appears (from the update form) that listees will also be able to upload a resumé. The Film Office website is using the Reel Scout software used by many other film commissions around the country.
To create or update a listing with the film office’s directory, even before publication starts, visit the web page below. Once publication starts the Reel Crew directory will be available from the the main menu of the Commission’s web site.
Property owners and managers interested in having their properties used for film locations can list them via “Location Guide” page on the Commission website.
The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
ShootColorado / iFilmColorado
From January 2012 the website shootcolorado.com began publishing an online directory intended to be a guide to crew, services and locations in the state, an effort of the Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media.
However, due to a still-unresolved conflict between the Film Office and the builder of the site, Daniel Taras (lately iFilm, Inc), Mr. Taras began publishing the guide as his own, later changing the URL to “ifilmcolorado.com” for unknown reasons. That site is no longer online. The last Twitter post from @Shoot_Colorado (an account meant to be a function of the Film Office), which he also controlled, was on May 17, and the last tweet that was film-related was on April 4.
CFVA News will follow up with more information about the iFilmColorado conflict.
Each directory has it’s advantages. The Colorado Production Guide has the longest standing, and has represented the state for years, and membership in CFVA supports the film community generally. Film In Colorado sits well in search engine listings, and has a listing area for talent. The Reel Crew directory is part of the state Film Commission website. None of the listed directories is expensive to list in, and it is probably in the interest of all crew and vendors to list in each of them.
Nelson Goforth was heavily involved writing computer code for earlier iterations of both the Colorado Production Guide and and the Colorado Film Commission’s site (and still dabbles). Yes, he was a leader of those naughty MPFA rebels, too. He has been working as a grip/electrician in the Colorado film industry for over 20 years, but has yet to find an exit strategy. ( http://vimeo.com/goforthfilm )