Sethive : creating a peer-to-peer online community for student filmmakers

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Akyuz, Orhan Atilla
Moloney, Kevin T.
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Location is extremely important in filmmaking. Securing a location for filming projects plays a critical role in early production of the project. Although a number of companies developed online platforms that aim to help filmmakers to find filming locations, none offer a platform directly targeted to aid low-budget student filmmakers’ needs and expectations. The digital platform outlined is intended to provide an online community for student filmmakers where they can share and browse cost effective, available, and convenient locations within their campus area. This platform may also foster engagement and mutual support. I analyzed the current state of the art in online location scouting platforms to understand the problem space. Furthermore, I discovered and identified the specific location scouting needs and expectations of student filmmakers, and explored their existing level of trust toward peer-to-peer (P2P) digital platforms. The online and mobile platform resulting from this research allows student filmmakers to connect directly with local student and resident location owners to access cost effective, available, and convenient locations in their area.