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Preamble -

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) is the world's number 1 resource for everyone involved in filmmaking and television world-wide. Owned by Amazon.com, and a sister company of both BoxOfficeMojo and WithoutABox, IMDb has a public face as well as the pay wall side: IMDb Pro, for professionals in the industry.

At cinema parties, no one actually working in the industry ever says "Google me". That is the ID of the Unknown Outsider: the kiss of death. IMDb is not Facebook or any other social media. It is all about The Business. And the only way you get listed there is if you have actually worked in The Business. At those same movie functions, it is accepted that if you say you work in The Business and aren't immediately recognizable, people will whip their phones out right in front of you to IMDb your name. If you aren't listed, No Amount of excuse making will save you. You will be shut down faster than a wannabee with a handful of free Vista Print business cards.

IMDb is a verifiable identity more valuable than anything offered by anyone, anywhere.

One of the cool tools in IMDb Pro, is INDUSTRY CONNECTIONS. This feature gives you a quick, Cliff Notes-style look at who you have worked with on which projects and who they have worked with on other projects. If you are playing a game of Six Degrees of Separation, you will be amazed at how close you are to some people.

Here is my example,

Feature Films Webseries - Concept Short Films
A SIERRA NEVADA GUNFIGHT (2013) WORK RELATED (2015) THE NIGHT MY MONSTER DIED (2013)
MIKEY BOY (2012) UNIVERSAL DEAD (2009 - 2010) BUSHIDO (2013)
MINE GAMES (2012) THE CRUSADER (2009) TEACHER OF THE YEAR (2012)
PRIMITIVE RECALL (2008)   THE APP (2011)
    LAST CALL (2008)
Last Call
WRITER, PRODUCER, & DIRECTOR

In alphabetical order, these are only 6 of the biggest, A-List Writers, Directors, and/or Producers alive in Cinema today.

James Cameron
Gale Anne Hurd
Ridley Scott
Steven Spielberg
Guillermo Del Toro
Joss Whedon

And these are only 16 of the many folks I've worked with on mutual projects.

Courtney Bishop
Christian Butcher
Cade Courtley

Colin Cunningham
Jessica Drake
Gary Graham
Jan Holzner
Doug Jones

Michael Madsen
Puven Pather
Annemarie Pazmino
John Savage
Brian Sipe

D.B. Sweeney
Richard Walters
Justin T. Woods

Now let's see a minute example of how IMDb.com (for those who have Pro) breaks down Industry Connections.

JAMES CAMERON worked with- - Who worked with me on
COLIN CUNNINGHAM - Dark Angel (2000) THE CRUSADER (2009)
JOHN SAVAGE - Dark Angel (2000) A SIERRA NEVADA GUNFIGHT (2013)
D.B. SWEENEY - Spawn (1997) UNIVERSAL DEAD (2010)

GALE ANNE HURD worked with - - Who worked with me on
GARY GRAHAM - Alien Nation (1989) WORK RELATED (2015)
UNIVERSAL DEAD (2010
THE CRUSADER (2009)
JESSICA DRAKE - The Walking Dead (2010) MINE GAMES (2012)
D.B. SWEENEY - Spawn (1997) UNIVERSAL DEAD (2010)

RIDELY SCOTT worked with - - Who worked with me on
RICHARD WALTERS - Killing Kennedy (2013) UNIVERSAL DEAD (2010)
THE CRUSADER (2009)
JOHN SAVAGE - White Squall (1996) A SIERRA NEVADA GUNFIGHT (2013)
MICHAEL MADSEN - Thelma & Louise (1991) A SIERRA NEVADA GUNFIGHT (2013)

STEPHEN SPIELBERG worked with - - Who worked with me on
COURTNEY BISHOP - Transformers (2007) MINE GAMES (2012)
COLIN CUNNINGHAM - Falling Skies (2011-2013) THE CRUSADER (2009)
CADE COURTLEY - Transformers (2007) UNIVERSAL DEAD (2010)
DOUG JONES - Falling Skies (2013) UNIVERSAL DEAD (2010)

GUILLERMO DEL TORO worked with - - Who worked with me on
DOUG JONES - Mimic (1997), Hellboy (2004), Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Hellboy II (2008) UNIVERSAL DEAD (2010)
JAN HOLZNER - District 9 (2009) MINE GAMES (2012)
PUVEN PATHER - Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010) MINE GAMES (2012)

JOSS WHEDON worked with - - Who worked with me on
COURTNEY BISHOP - The Avengers (2012) MINE GAMES (2012)
DOUG JONES - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) UNIVERSAL DEAD (2010)
ANNEMARIE PAZMINO - Trap (2010) THE CRUSADER (2009)
BRIAN SIPE - The Cabin in the Woods (2012) MINE GAMES (2012)
JUSTIN T. WOODS - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008) A SIERRA NEVADA GUNFIGHT (2013)

What it does not mean: that Cameron, Hurd, Spielberg, Del Toro, or Whedon are going to take my calls. Many people, often hundreds, sometimes thousands, are involved in making a movie, so brush that delusion away.

What it does mean: within this industry you can build upon your every project, your every success, by helping others. For a fact, I've yet to work on an Indie production large or small or in development, when a Producer or Director did not take me aside and ask if I knew anyone who could do "X", and what experience did they have?

Coming to the set with your own infrastructure is valuable especially to Independent filmmakers. Because it is not just what you know or who you know, but Who Knows that You Know Your Shit !

Why?: Filmmaking is a high stress, high risk business venture from every aspect, so Producers want to eliminate as much risk as possible. For Indie filmmakers, adrift without the Big Studio foundation, your reputation means everything.

Maintain your team whether you are working together or not (even on the same movie, there are plenty of people working on the project who never see each other throughout the entire production). Know your industry connections.

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