Those lovely folk at the Screenology film school have created a set of 9 short sharp tutorial videos on how to use Cahootify. The tutorials were created purely for Screenology’s own benefit but we’ve kindly been allowed to share them with you. These tutorials are aimed at first year students so if you’re an experienced industry professional some of the “third person” language might be slightly off the mark but when it comes to explaining how Cahootify works, they’ve done at least as good a job as we could have. Thank you Screenology. Enjoy!
CAHOOTIFY role tags on a person’s (or company’s) profile can be grey (like “Screenwriter” on John’s profile below) or green (like “Producer” and “Director”). A green role tag signifies that the individual or company profiled has experience in that role – though it says nothing of the standard at which they performed that role – that’s up to the viewer to investigate and judge!
Cahootify knows about “experience” by whether or not the same role tag has been applied to a completed project in the profile portfolio – in other words, whether or not the owner of the profile has evidenced that they’ve performed that role.
As such, it’s important that the profile role tags match the project role tags exactly. So if your profile has an “Actor” role tag, for example, it’s no good only adding a “Lead Actor” role tag to the project – the “Actor” tag would remain grey in that case (although we do have upgrades coming up that will “associate” similar tags…).
Each role tag only has to be matched once, however, so there’s nothing stopping you from, for example, adding both “Actor” and “Lead Actor” to your profile role tags, then “Lead Actor” to one project and just “Actor” to another.
As well as being displayed on the profile itself, this experience is shown anywhere that the profile is listed – in particular, on the main “People with Skills” listing and on the team listing/credits on a project detail page.
Naturally, those profiles that demonstrate experience in a particular role are more likely to attract further investigation than those that don’t. Cahootify will also show experienced people in search results above the inexperienced.
(Note, however, that Cahootify gives no hierarchy to level of experience – those that have marked themselves as “aspiring” will appear alongside “established professionals” unless the searcher has actively chosen to filter by one or the other.)
In short, green is better. Go green!
We’ve just introduced a range of enhancements for actors and performers.
The first follows on from our recent article introducing supertags. If, when adding or editing a role tag, you enter “Actor” then an extra set of fields will appear to ask for your key vital statistics. (This also works for “Actress”, “Model”, “Dancer”, “Extra” and a wide range of other performer tags – let us know if it doesn’t work for a tag you want to enter and we’ll add that for you!)
These vital statistics then appear in the “More information” section of your profile. They also appear if someone clicks/taps on the role tag itself.
Not available at time of writing but coming soon, we’ll be introducing enhancements to the profile search page that allow for the filtering of profiles by these new “performer vital statistics”. Here’s a sneak preview of what we’re working on:
Finally, you can now credit the part you played on a project (e.g. “Desdemona”), not just the role tag (e.g. “Actor”). Again this works for the full range of performer role tags.
This “part played” then appears in your project portfolio as well as in the list of credits on the project detail page.
We’ve just introduced some enhancements to our “role tags”, which you create or edit from your “edit profile” form.
Role tags are no longer just a simple list of terms – you can now enter further information on each role.
In particular, let me draw your attention to the “Career stage in this role” field. We introduced this because we found that, at both ends of the experience spectrum, people were uneasy with well-established professionals appearing alongside those that were just getting started. In particular, and to our initial surprise, many inexperienced people (e.g. first year students) felt embarrassed about stating, for example, that they were a “Director” when they’d only played that role on one student film.
It’s completely up to you where you want to pitch yourself – we know there are many highly experienced students!