Young aspiring filmmakers often face many challenges especially if they are not in film school or do not have access to various equipment needed or locations. Some of the issues faced but not limited to include:
Difficulty in sourcing for shoot locations
Unable to find casting talents and actors
Lack of funding
Lack of mentors
Unable to find other filmmakers to collaborate with
Unable to publicize and market their films
I propose a platform that functions as both a streaming site(vimeo, letterboxd etc) and also as a online educational marketplace(fiverr x coursera) where filmmakers are given a step-by-step process guidiance in creating their first short films. Filmmakers are able to create their own films and publish it on the site to gain a greater following and a improve their portfolio while allowing feedback from the public and audiences to be received.
Filmmaking often falls into 3 procedures: pre-production, production and post-production. This platform will guide aspiring filmmakers in creating films by following these procedures, think of it like a course of sorts. For example, you will only be able to start shooting after the script has been completed or you are only able to pair up with a mentor after you have found actors.
In order to aid them, location sites and actors will be available on the platform as well and users simply have to check for their availability to book them. Equipment will be available via a sharing system of sorts where users are able to borrow the equipment for a short duration during the production period. Likewise, once production has finished and they require post-editing software, they will be able to borrow it too.
However, nothing is truly free and everything does come with a cost. Therefore, a membership fee has to be implemented and it probably will not be cheap. However, from my understanding, it is a lot cheaper renting equipment than buying, thus it should still be a more viable alternative for younger filmmakers. In addition, I believe that booking actors and locations from a single platform or agency would save cost and time too.
Once the film is completed, they are able to publish it on the platform for other filmmakers, mentors and even the general public's viewing pleasure. This is a great way to receive feedback and gain exposure in the industry. Users are able to "like" in order to boost views and ratings and leave comments too. The more popular a film becomes, the greater the likelihood of mentors and other industry figures to notice and support the creator in future films(SInce often, success in the film/media industry is mostly through word of mouth).
Filmmakers are also able to collaborate with other filmmakers and able to choose on which aspect of the film they would like to be in charge of in order to improve their skills(eg scriptwriting).