Using web tools to collaborate between creatives.

Wisdom from the masses
Steve Hullfish
By Steve Hullfish 05.16.08

Wisdom from the masses - In depth on using web tools to collaborate between creatives.

A few weeks ago there was a short but interesting thread on CML-pro (The Cinematographer's Mailing List) about how to collaborate with other creatives on a production team using web-based tools. The original poster wanted a solution - a "group scrapbook" - that would allow a small pre-production team to share images, photos and notes. Expanding on the idea a little further, it would be good to be able to communicate across the group, share schedules, comments and video.

There were basically six good solutions presented by members of the list:

? Google Sites - basically a free on-line website creator.

? Celtx - free software that links to free shared web storage specifically for film and TV productions.

? BackPackIt - subscription-based team collaboration website

? BaseCamp - subscription-based team collaboration website

? Picassa Web - on-line photo sharing

? .mac account with iWeb - simple website creation with annual subscription for serving.

I examined each of these concepts for a project I'm beginning. There are pros and cons to each approach and I figure that you might benefit from all of my legwork.

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