IMdB - worth it or not?

  • Steve Campbell

    Actor

    Hi guys. What do you all reckon - Is it worth joining the ImdB? Realistically, does it make any difference if im in it or not?

    Ladies and gentlemen you have the floor..

    • 2nd Jul 2006
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    Hi Hi

    Check out an earlier thread Steve!

    As nugget of info, I have been dealing with some opportunities stateside of late, and, as mentioned on the other posting, imdb seems to be the only place they look you up. I asked them outright and they confirmed this.

    So, as if we need another thing to ask of filmmakers we work with, try and get them to submit the film to imdb! Note: huge films are added by the team anyway.

    You can join imdbpro without being listed in imdb, and you do get access to message borads including a casting call one, I would say 1 out of 10 are for UK productions, but there are definitely some on there that I havent seen on any British casting site (don't know if thats a good thing!) But then, if you contact them about something you see on imdbpro but you are not on imdb, it might be a false economy...

    Helena

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Sally Beaumont

    Actor

    I didn't know they had a casting board! I've been on there for years...doh! How do I find it?

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Timo Gilbert

    Actor

    Yeah, that's a strange one. Somebody recently informed me that I was listed on it and I had never even looked at it. I just figured it was another of those movie nerd websites where some people like to go to shine little spotlights on each other so I've just never botherted with it. The strange thing is the stuff they have me listed in and, rather more odd, the things they DON'T.

    I figure if it costs money then personally I'd avoid it. I don't think it's all that important (oops- there goes my IMdB page down the drain!)

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Sally Beaumont

    Actor

    I don't think it costs anything- free publicity.

    I've had a few people look me up on there, but it is very frustrating that several things aren't on there (and the process for putting things up is brain-melting, so no wonder) which means a lot of my TV credits don't appear.

    It's always my first port of call, and if you see someone you're interested in (for casting purposes) it's really handy for finding out who they are...

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Jennifer Lynn

    Actor

    I think you mean IMDBpro which offers services to casting directors, actors ect. I've never tried it but was once active on the boards there and several of my friends from there have used pro and say it's not worth it for actors, especially if outside the US. Hope this helps.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    I really like being on IMDB. It's the most important international listing of films/actors on the internet, bar none.

    It costs money to have IMDB Pro, and also to add photos to your profile.

    However, I personally think that both of these costs are totally worth it. Having a profile on IMDB is very important for higher proifle screen work, and Pro gives you COMPLETE access to every film/actor instantly, with agent details etc.

    Mark.

    P.S. Plus, on Pro, every actor gets a "rank", which is kinda cool.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Sally Beaumont

    Actor

    Can folk get your contact details via imdb if you're not a member of pro?

    I'd guess it would be easy enough to grab the name and go to spotlight!

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    I think there's a certain cachet to being on IMdB. I know I use it all the time to check on films, and I was delighted when my own name suddenly appeared.

    I've now joined IMdB pro just to have the run of the site for a while and try it out from a personal point of view.

    The only real minus point seems to be that they take forever to process inclusion applications, even when you supply them with every bit of minutae, and they certainly have a very uneven decision-making process.

    Worth money? Very much a personal call, I would say.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Forbes KB

    Actor

    To answer your question, Sally, yes. People who have access to IMDbPro can get access to your contact details even if you yourself are not a "Pro" member but only if your direct contact details are listed. Your direct contact details won't be there unless you yourself have submitted them for inclusion.

    I am also listed on IMDb but do not subscribe to the "Pro" version for 2 reasons a) it's not cheap (not that I'm a stereotypical tight Scotsman) and b) For my purproses I don't think I need it. If I was a Casting Director then its a highly valuable resource but not for us lowly actors.

    I was recently contacted directly by a Canadian Director who got my email address through IMDb and is shooting a feature film in Scotland later this year. He doesn't seem to be posting casting calls anywhere at the moment and this is a major project with some huge names already cast in the principle roles. Watch this space or my IMDb listing to see if I can nail it.

    In summary, IMDb is a major casting resource and it is highly desireable to be listed in it.

    Regards,

    ForbesKB

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    Both IMDB and IMDBPro are great! If you have starred in a TV show (broadcast on Bristish Terrestrial), in a film or short film which has be shown theatrically or at a recognised film festival - then you are eligiblew for a credit.

    Once you are listed, you will most likely be on it with your name in cyberspace forever (that is unless the Amazon Group go bust - which is highly unlikely)!

    IMDBPro costs $13 per month (£6) but I think you can obtain discount code from other sites

    The casting boards are not the greatest ever, although Finn Hiller Casting (Oscar winner 'Crash') were accepting shot-from-scratch DVD showreels for Fast & Furious 3 last year, etc.

    Someone asked to find out who would be doing the casting for M Night Shyamalan's "Lady In The Water" as soon as it was announced last year. I figured it would be the same casting director that had done Unbreakable and The Village. They were able to get in touch by finding the details on IMDBpro.

    USA definitely take it seriously, for example Cameron Diaz has contact details for her Talent Agent, Manager, Publicist, and Legal Representation.

    If you write screenplays, it is easy to get in touch with somebody's agent!

    Often IMDbPro is the first place a project is announced on the web - you can often track down who the right people are to get in touch with. Often these are listed before casting is done, etc - eg as soon as a production company has optioned a book.

    Take a look on the 14 day free trial - it's definitely worth a look!

    Ross

    www.dubiousfilms.com

    Please feel free to take a look at our showreel services listed on castingcallpro. A reduced price for July is on the way!

    • 1st Jul 2006
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  • Keith Patrick

    Actor

    IMDB is utterly overated.

    It's purely for the enthusiast I'm afraid to say.

    As a serious industry research tool it offers little.

    • 1st Jul 2006
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  • Simeon Willis

    Actor

    Overated by who?

    It's the International Movie Data Base.

    It is what it says on the tin and if you are on it you are on it.

    It gives weight to the projects you have been in and industry professionals can see who produced, directed, wrote, starred in etc, and make informed decisions about your screen work. Being on it and credited should only be a good thing.

    It's also good for finding out about the previous work of a director or producer you may be meeting which can be a very useful way into conversation. Or how about researching the film/tv background of the 'already cast' actors in the film you might be unsure whether to commit to or not? Can't be bad.

    • 1st Jul 2006
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  • Keith Patrick

    Actor

    No,not a bad thing exactly. However, it's over-rated for researching people in the biz and what they've done, or not done.

    The big players in the biz certainly have a presence on imdb. If you want to find out when movies are coming out, then sure, it's a starting place. And yes, people will check imbd.

    Thing is, how many people do you know who've an excellent body of work to them who have nothing on there? I know a few such people. Funniest thing is when some curious individual tells them there's nothing much on them on imbd, like it's the only source of reliable info.

    Imdb is useful as part of a people related search engine, but no one should ever become upset if their credit isn't there.

    I actually refused a credit on there because I didn't want anyone to know (at this time) my role (1st A.D.) on a film.

    • 2nd Jul 2006
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    to patrick

    how about the one we use?

    xxx

    • 2nd Jul 2006
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