ProductionNext is a collaborative cloud-based project management system built specifically for independent film and video. We are focused on helping individual producers and enterprises handle the complexities of features, shorts, music videos, and corporate video productions, and making those productions run faster, easier, and more efficiently.
ProductionNext is designed around three specific capabilities that are critical to the success of film and video productions, but are missing from other players in this market:
- Integration: Film and video projects have many parts — budget, cast and crew, schedule, and so on — but they all must be integrated, so that changes in one flow through to update the others. Otherwise, the complexities of keeping all those details in sync with each other will kill the project.
- Collaboration: Making movies is a collaborative art. But tools can only truly support this collaboration if they understand and respect the ways in which producers and their teams work together, and carry those work styles into their design.
- Community: It's hard for a producer to draw a clear line between a project and the rest of the film community and their life in it. Internet-based tools need to help producers connect themselves and their work into that community.
Jim brings a deep understanding of user experience, interaction design and development, and Internet communities from a career spent at Apple, HP Labs, Gateway, and, most recently, as an independent design and development consultant. He has several patents in computing technology and interaction design, and is a past chair of SIGCHI, the worldwide, 5,000-member ACM special interest group devoted to user experience and human computer interaction.
Ben Yennie was VP of Sales for Taal, a mobile video interview platform for the hospitality industry. He is the founder of Producer Foundry, a center for workshops, networking, and entrepreneurial training for film and video producers. He is the author of The Guerrilla Rep: American Film Market Distribution Success on No Budget, a book used as a text in film schools across the country, and has represented and worked with sales agents to sell nine feature-length films in domestic and international markets to Starz and other prominent media outlets. His experience provides ProductionNext with a solid understanding of the operational and business sides of film and video production, and with excellent connections into the production industry and film schools.