Rachel Botsman, a thought-leader in sharing and collaborative economies, describes the sharing economy as an economic movement, which harnesses “the power of technology to unlock the social, economic and environmental value of underutilized assets.”
The advancement of technology has unlocked resources by empowering individuals or businesses to share idle goods or services. Almost every industry has been impacted—including filmmaking. There are a number of collaborative-type online services that offer valuable resources to filmmakers. Here are a few:
Need a personal assistant for a short time? Regardless of whether your project is local or in another city, you can hire a “tasker” to help with administrative duties. On the plus side, you can ask them to do personal items (pick the kids up, take the dog out, etc.). Having an extra person by your side can make a big difference and enable you to stay focused on your film project.
Viflux is a website designed to help filmmakers collaborate on projects. The platform is a social media-like tool that enables fluid connectivity between professionals within the film and AV industries. Users can search multiple industry categories based on specific skills. Filmmakers can also create a custom portfolio to show off their work.
Slated describes themselves as a film industry marketplace. While it may sound similar to and share some overlapping service with Viflux, the two platforms are actually quite different. Slated “enables introductions” between industry professionals who have access to financing, projects, talent and other relevant resources. In that regards, the sharing of services is production-level as opposed to individual.
KWIPPED is an online marketplace for all types of equipment rentals, including filmmaking. Filmmaking requires all kinds of equipment—cameras, video cameras, lighting and even props – and sometimes you may not need or want to purchase expensive equipment, especially if you’re shooting a niche or one-time project. KWIPPED makes it easy for filmmakers to find specialized equipment, compare side-by-side prices and rent what they need from a global network of certified suppliers.
For last minute items you might need, try Peerby. Peerby is a Peer-to-Peer platform that allows you to borrow an item from a network of site participants. Anything from power tools to a bicycle can be shared on this app. The platform allows you to request, schedule, and pick up last minute items. The app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play.
Need to sell or get rid of set clothing? Do you (or your costume designer) need to find threads for your next film? ThredUP might be your answer. The platform allows you to sell gently used clothing items. However, it is important to note that ThredUP buys and sells clothing for children or women only.
You might spend a lot of time on set, but if you need meeting space for your crew, ShareDesk is your solution. Simply navigate to their website, search the site for potential venues, then confirm your booking. Only need a desk for a day? No problem, ShareDesk.net has daily rental rates.