DigiRevAr is a community based platform that helps people in the film-making industry make connections. The aim is to help them succeed, whether as an independent film-maker or a professional. The site gives people a place to create a portfolio, expand their own knowledge and share their abilities with others. The aim is to help them succeed in the film-making industry, whether as an independent film-maker or professional. We spoke with founder Michael Chatfield about how he hopes DigiRevAr will make a dent in the film industry – here’s what he had to say:
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR COMPANY?
When I was writing a book, taking my idea to a published piece was a group effort. There were beta readers, an illustrator, editor and then the platform I sold it on. When looking for these people and services, I would research to check out people’s work before contacting them to help me produce the book. I talked to beta readers from Australia to England and illustrators from Russia to Malaysia.
Looking to the film industry, specifically the independent film industry, I saw a lack of places for people to gather and collaborate as I have found with the book industry. DigiRevAr looks to become the gathering place for talented people to take awesome ideas and turn them into great movies.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF WHAT YOU DO ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS?
The best part of my day is when I interact with the community of filmmakers. Everyone is looking to help one another and grow in their respective fields. It pushes me and my team harder to bring them a platform that looks to focus this driving power.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART?
Making a platform that is not only easy to use but conforms to the needs of our users. Everyone needs something different, and creating a platform that looks to these needs while not overloading people with information is tricky.
HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS?
If we successfully connect one person to a valuable contact or information that they need for a project, or give them the ability to show off their portfolio to potential employers, then we would call that a success.
WHAT IS THE BEST RECOGNITION YOU HAVE RECEIVED?
We recently competed in a Skills For Change event, pitching our business to a panel of business advisors in the Hamilton area. We won the pitch and had a number of the participants that were interested in film-making approach us and express interest in using our platform.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE NEXT YEAR AND BEYOND?
We want to upgrade our platform and add in a lot of features that we aren’t able to do with our current setup. We hope the changes will make the site easier to use and speed up the rate at which we can get important information to the users.
We also want to connect with various groups and see if we can implement some contests or campaigns in order to get our users’ names out there, helping get the videos the exposure they need.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OR STUDENTS STUDYING TO PURSUE A CAREER IN YOUR FIELD?
Check us out! Any aspiring or interested filmmakers should drop in on the forums. It’s a great place for anyone interested in the film-making community from amateur to professional.
WHAT DIFFERENTIATES YOU FROM YOUR COMPETITION?
Some places have fees to connect people together, other groups use Facebook and other mediums to interact. DigiRevAr is a platform made purely for the film-making community and was made using feedback directly from the community. We’re always listening to the community and trying to give them the tools they need.
We allow people to embed their videos from YouTube instead of having to re-upload to our servers. We want to make sure that everyone is recognized. When someone uploads a video, they can find the usernames of those that helped to make their video. This links everyone to that video file, not just the person that uploaded it. It also helps for people to grow their portfolio without having to make their own website and collect links to every video they’ve made.
WHY IS HAMILTON THE HOME FOR YOUR COMPANY?
Hamilton is the recording site for film productions that are seen all over the world. Film-makers in Hamilton have also grown significantly in the last few years. Canada, and specifically Hamilton, has broken onto the movie scene in the past couple of years, and we hope to assist with that growth!
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