Welcome to the Northwest Film Forum's Callboard! The mission of the Callboard is to help films get made in Washington.
If you are working on a film or video project in the Seattle or Washington State area, you can use the Callboard to look for grips, gaffers, screenwriters, editors, actors, graphic designers, sound recordists, composers, set builders, or anyone else you need – paid or unpaid. You can also post requests for locations and equipment. Before you begin, make sure you create a Google account and sign in. Also, please read our User’s Guide.
The Callboard is hosted by Google Groups and supports these four primary activities:
- POST: Need an editor for your documentary? Want a diner location for your short film? Author a post clearly describing your project and your list of needs.
- RESPOND: Respond to a post if you feel you’re a good fit for the project or know how to help.
- INVITE: Spread the word. Forward posts to other filmmakers who might be interested in a particular project. Also, invite others to join the list.
- SEARCH: Search the archive of posts for things you may have missed or misplaced.
Thanks for joining the Northwest Film Forum’s Callboard. If you aren’t familiar with groups or listservs, we recommend you read Google’s general groups help. Also, please make sure that you have a Google account and are signed into it.
Post to the group only when you have a project or event that fosters filmmaking. The Callboard is not the place to post resumes or “I am available” style notices.
Forward posts to people who may not be on the Callboard. This will help the site to grow and help filmmakers get their projects done.
Once you’re a member, you can post messages, which circulate to all subscribers on the list. Subscribers can set preferences to tell the site how they want to receive postings. To change your email preferences, click on “Edit my membership” in the sidebar to the right. We recommend you select “Send each message to me as it arrives.” This will ensure you’re receiving each email as it is posted on the site. If the number of emails gets burdensome, change your preferences to “Daily.”
Invite people to join. Just click on “Invite members” in the sidebar to the immediate right and follow the cues.
Before you post, please read our “Guide to Posting,” below.
Any questions or comments about the site? Email derek (at) nwfilmforum.org
If you have questions or problems with joining the Google Group, please contact derek (at) nwfilmforum.org.
1. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I POST?
When you post, via the website or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, your post will circulate to all the members of the Northwest Film Forum Callboard group.
2. WHEN WILL MY POST APPEAR?
Your post will appear on the site within 24 hours. It will be circulated to the subscribers to the group according to their email preferences.
3. WHAT DO I INCLUDE IN MY POST?
- CONTACT INFORMATION
- SUBJECT LINE
- DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT/NEED
- YOUR IDENTITY
- APPLICATION MATERIALS
DESCRIBE YOUR PROJECT/NEED: Be clear about what your project needs in the body of the message. Here, if one of the NWFF Callboard subscribers is interested they can find out if the project is appropriate to his/her skills. Be clear and complete.
EXPECTATIONS: What are you looking for? Is the person you’re looking need to have 10 years of experience? His/her own grip truck? Include a decent job description. If you’re looking for a late night diner, does it need to have red vinyl seats? In brief, the more precise you can be about what you need the more precise responses.
YOUR IDENTITY: Who are you? Are you the project’s producer? Are you a first-time director? Are you a corporate entity? While you don’t have to divulge the family secrets, it does help subscribers to know a little about you. Also, do you have a website? A list of credits?
APPLICATION MATERIALS: What should the respondent send you? A resume? Headshots? A CD of compositions? A DP Reel? Don’t forget to ask for the materials you need to triage your list of respondents.
4. THE RESPONSES
Please do thank everyone who responded to your post. While this might seem time consuming, it encourages professionalism and courtesy on our site. If you have a large number of responses, please simply cut and paste all the email addresses into a single thank you email.
While this goes without saying, please do not post anything defamatory, libelous, or discriminatory on this site.