We love Production Base just that little bit more than usual at the moment because they currently have a sale on membership, down to £74 + VAT. This is a bargain. If you’re looking for work and think you can’t afford it, you’re wrong. You can’t afford NOT to invest the money. If you want to know why, read this ProductionBase review.
ProductionBase is a paid for service, which filters out those who are serious about carving a career in TV and Film. Mandy.com is free, and it shows. I stopped advertising jobs with them years ago, because the world and their dog would apply. And when I say world, I mean world. One applicant for a two-week role asked for a visa so they could relocate from another continent. I’m flattered that they were willing to go to this length, but really.
Shooting People is only about £30 to join, but over the years, their job ads have dwindled to next to nothing. It’s still a great resource for the production community, but not a serious player in advertising paid work.
When it comes to employing, ProductionBase have a great interface for advertising jobs, filtering through applications. They also have a great team in the office to help when you need them. As a freelancer earlier in my career, I got a job with Gallomanor within a month of joining, and the employer still gives me work today. We recruited one camera person for a job just a week after he joined and we give him a day or two’s work every month. And so many others. And I know their freelancers are good. When I get 50 applications in my in box, I’d say 60% of them can do the job with ease. You aren’t short of realistic options! This keeps me coming back to them.
What do you think of Productionwizard.com? I’ve joined them recently as I found Productionbase too expensive for my successrate of 0 last year with them. But perhaps it was just not made for my branch of Lighting services.
btw Disclaimer: I have no commercial gain/ interest in any of these companies.
What is your position on this Gavin?
I haven’t used Production Wizard, though I know of its existence. Old habits keep me with Production Base, I already have a profile with our details etc.
But there are also a few others eg Cast Crew Pro. What I’ll do in a quieter week (we got 2 quick turn around project in!) is place an ad in each, and give my feedback from an employer’s point of view.