Imdb pro

  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    Could anyone who pays the extra to use the PRO version of the IMDB service let me know if it's worthwhile and what you really get if paying.

    Cheers me dears!

    Mark

    • 11th Aug 2011
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  • Jessie Morell

    Actor

    I was on there for the trial and couldn't see any real point in paying for a year. it's good to see everything- starometres and such and films 'in development' but work wise it's pretty useless... unless you live in America! and even then it's hit and miss. try it for the free month- nothing to lose!

    hope this helps.

    • 27th Jul 2011
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    Mark,

    I agree with Jessie, I also took advantage of the Free Trial and other than finding out about all of the films and castings that are taking place in America, found it pretty useless.

    I also found it very poorly laid out and quite frustrating to use.

    As a result, I would never dream of actually paying for the service.

    Hope this helps!

    • 27th Jul 2011
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  • Farah Sardar

    Actor

    You can see all the films in pre production and contact the companies to send in your CV. This will include big movies being filmed in the UK. Although most are filmed in America.

    I don't think 2 weeks is enough if you want to give this site a serious trial. It takes a while to get used to it. You also need time to create your profile and it takes time to research films and follow up with your CV.

    I saw this as the best way to get noticed by 'the big people'. Since I joined I have noticed employers viewing my CCP profile out of the blue -Although I am only guessing that it's related to imdb.

    I was disappointed with the list of TV shows in pre-production. I don't think this is updated and they seem old - can anyone throw any light on this?? But again most of these are American.

    • 27th Jul 2011
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  • Claire Dodin

    Actor

    I use it everyday. It's a research tool. It also makes it easier to update your own imdb and allows you to post your reel on.

    Every time I meet a casting director or director, I check what they have worked on and with who. If I need to contact them to send thank you postcards or if I know that they are casting something I'm perfect for, then I find their contact details there (although not always, it still seems to be the most in date info)

    When I first tried it a few years ago, I couldn't really see the point, but now I'm at a stage in my career where I can't do without.

    It's an essential tool if you work on TV and films and go out on auditions several times a month. We should always know the body of work of the people we meet at castings in order to know their style and what else they could think of us for so we can have a productive meeting.

    • 27th Jul 2011
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  • Lee Ravitz

    Actor

    There is definitely a logic in using IMDB Pro to bolster your pursuance of a film career if you are serious about aiming to have one (personally, I have blown hot and cold on whether I subscribe or not - and sometimes have, sometimes haven't, depending on resources and mood) - having the ability to ensure your profile accurately reflects what you offer the industry, posting reels of your work up, and being able, as Claire suggests, to reference and check valuable information is all important grist to the mill in your continuing efforts to source work.

    BUT it should never be forgotten that IMDB is NOT an instrument designed to secure actors work in the first instance; it is a glorified fan site that has evolved into a directory of film, with a reputation for convincing casting directors (or, at least, casting directors who are this way inclined) as to which actors they should invest in, given the relative ranking (and hence, perceived saleability) of the actors concerned, and a reputation amongst ordinary fan boys and girls for being as error riddled as Wikipedia and about as trustworthy.

    What IMDB *does* have is a virtual monopoly upon allowing actors access to *any* information on the pre and post production stages of projects that otherwise shun outside publicity. Whether you can use this information to personal advantage through application to the casting offices concerned at the appropriate moment seems to me as moot as whether you can do it in any other capacity; and the majority of the time, the same old adage must apply: unsolicited applications are rarely taken notice of by a production office if they are not specifically looking to cast to type at that precise moment.

    Beyond that, as ever, how useful access to such 'second order' material proves really comes down, as so often, to how effectively you feel your career is being marshalled in the first place. If your showreel is in tip-top shape, reproduces well and is worthy of being displayed on site amongst a host of top-of-the-range reels, most produced to US specifications, then by all means you should link to it; if, on the other hand, you know, in your heart of hearts, that it's a poor melange of badly crafted student films, in which your acting was less than stellar, then it may be actively to your disadvantage to allow people to see it! Similarly, if you are already represented by a good agent who is solidly winning regular auditions for you with significant casting directors / have good enough personal contacts that you are meeting regularly with important industry people etc. then Claire's rule undoubtedly applies: it's vital to research the work of the people concerned as much as you can, so you can have a productive response to what they are proposing to do, when you meet. On the other hand, if you're not being allowed in to see these people in the first instance, I don't see how being signed to IMDB Pro will make any difference to that!

    For these reasons, I am sure Claire is right when she says that the ability to use Pro becomes invaluable...WHEN you're in a position within your career when you can take useful advantage of it. At the end of the day, only you can judge whether it seems like it may be of real use or not at any given career point - all that can be said is that all actors face different challenges in the marketplace, and tend to respond accordingly.

    • 28th Jul 2011
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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    My biggest issue is my biog was never written by me....it was written by a 10 year old child. IMDB will not let me change it ....I have tried and tried to no avail several times....they point blank refuse to make the changes. Now I want to know if I take out the pro version....will I be able to have full control over the biog etc.

    • 29th Jul 2011
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  • Claire Dodin

    Actor

    Mark, if you had the pro version, maybe you wouldn't have a problem changing your bio, I've never had a problem changing mine and they always update my stuff really quickly.

    All you need to do is "edit" it, you can't delete but you can change what is written.

    If you want to email me what text you'd like, I'll do it for you (modify the original version slightly or it'll go up as a second bio)

    • 29th Jul 2011
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  • Claire Dodin

    Actor

    By the way Mark,

    considering your body of work, you could absolutely use Imdb to your benefit!

    There's no point fighting it, no matter how much you dislike it, it's there to stay and used by all casting directors and film makers, even in the UK.

    You would benefit from pictures and your reel on there.

    I can tell you that the more I apply for jobs, the higher my imdb star meter; it's not by chance, it's the first thing people look at.

    Also, if people stumble onto your page, don't you want them to know what you look like and to watch your reel?

    I can't tell you how many people I meet who had stumbled onto my page or website and knew about me when I had no idea who they were. They would never have remembered me if my pics and reel weren't on there.

    • 29th Jul 2011
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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    wizzing a PM to you claire!!

    • 29th Jul 2011
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  • Charles Delaney

    Actor

    Lee's post on this subject is 'spot on' in my opinion.(Great seeing you at the BAFTA screening last night mate)

    I personally would suscribe to Pro for info on industry members as I'm co-producing film projects as well as acting in them these days.

    I think the 'star meter' is an absurd concept though!!

    'POLE'

    • 29th Jul 2011
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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    Charlie boy...we must have a beer soon! Give us a call...heaps to tell you since last we met!

    • 29th Jul 2011
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  • Charles Delaney

    Actor

    ..Definately M8.

    I'll PM you

    • 30th Jul 2011
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    I recently got it and I love it. If you think about all the money you pay out for casting sites with student films and unpaid work, at least IMDB Pro gives you access to professionals. You can find most people on it. It is not perfect, but what is?

    The bad thing about it is if people know you have it you start feeling like an agent with loads if people asking you what their starmeter is,a nd for people's details. You have to put your foot down or you spend too much time. Which makes you feel guilty.

    • 1st Aug 2011
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  • Mark Joseph

    Actor

    I have it, and it's very useful, if you use IMDB regularly.

    StarMeter was an excellent idea in theory, giving you a rank based on your industry presence, but is now completely redundant due to people being able to update their own pages without professional verification.

    • 1st Aug 2011
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  • Raman Rai

    Actor

    I like the idea, but imdb can be a bit frustrating, like I want to be removed from some listings, due to being stiched up on the deal and then it comming back uncredited anyway (you would think uncredeted could just be removed without question) but I've asked so often and with different reasons and yet the listings are still there

    • 1st Aug 2011
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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    My point exactly. IMDB seem to be a law unto themselves. I assume as a pro member one can make adjustments to biog and or CV etc as you like?

    • 2nd Aug 2011
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  • Clare Cameron

    Actor

    Hi Mark K

    Yes, you can adjust your own CV, photos, showreel, just as you can on CCP. The bio though, once added cannot be deleted: any amendments to it have to be submitted and approved by IMDB and can be made by any registered user, I think.

    • 2nd Aug 2011
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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    Yup. Seems that way Claire d has offered to do that for me

    How's your lap top?!!

    • 2nd Aug 2011
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  • Clare Cameron

    Actor

    Ah, meant to message you - zapped it with air and it's a little bit calmer although still rattling - think perhaps I knocked something out of place - it's still chugging along though so fingers crossed! Thanks for all your expert advice and let me know if I can reciprocate with any non-PC related issues! IMDb, I only started using this year so am still finding my way round a bit but if I can help in any way, give me a shout. Claire D is, I think, much more expert in this arena than me!

    • 2nd Aug 2011
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