Lo­cal tal­ent to sup­ply film biz

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

SCREEN Queens­land has rolled out Tal­ent Bank, a free web­site for busi­nesses, fa­cil­i­ties and crews to pro­mote their ser­vices to the film in­dus­try.

The site is for any ser­vice that can be utilised in the pro­duc­tion of films and doc­u­men­taries, from ac­tors, cater­ers, hair­dressers, avi­a­tion com­pa­nies, char­ter boats and trades­men to an­i­mal han­dlers.

The one-stop-shop for po­ten­tial pro­duc­tions is yet an­other ini­tia­tive to lure the multi-bil­lion-dol­lar in­dus­try to film in Far North Queens­land.

Se­nior eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and in­no­va­tion of­fi­cer for the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil, An­gelo Finoc­chiaro, has been work­ing closely with Tal­ent Bank as part of the coun­cil’s film­ing strat­egy.

“If a pro­duc­tion is com­ing to the re­gion, it en­ables the com­pany to do a search on­line and it’s a way of get­ting peo­ple’s de­tails to the pro­duc­tion crews,” he said.

“Any­one who has worked in the film in­dus­try or done any sort of work should have their de­tails sub­mit­ted,” he said.

“We only have eight reg­is­tered on there, Bris­bane has 173 - it is im­per­a­tive we get more.”

The web­site is a map-based sys­tem where peo­ple can search lo­ca­tions or cat­e­gories of tal­ent and is an­other step in mak­ing film­ing in the far north eas­ier.

The first step was the coun­cil stream­lin­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion process to film in the re­gion and cut­ting red-tape.

“If you’re con­sid­er­ing Queens­land as your next lo­ca­tion, search the Tal­ent Bank to find your crew,” Mr Finoc­chiaro said.

“It is a means to pro­mote those com­pa­nies that do work in the in­dus­try and have a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence be­hind them, it also gives peo­ples the abil­ity to list pre­vi­ous work they’ve done.

“It’s user-driven and up to peo­ple to get de­tails on the bank so we can find them and pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies can find them.”

Screen Queens­land’s Tal­ent Bank can be ac­cessed by vis­it­ing www.screen­queens­land. com. au/ shoot/ cast- and- crew/ tal­ent-bank.html

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