On November 22nd, Shooting People turns 10. Whoo hoo! Filmmakers Cath Le Couteur and Jess Search set up Shooting People in 1998 after making their first short film and it has grown from 60 members to 37,000 over the past 10 years. I am hugely proud to work for an organization that fights so hard to create a vibrant independent filmmaking community that is all about collaboration and innovation. As Mike Figgis says:
“Congratulations to Shooting People! Shooting People continue to be at the forefront of filmmaking and technology. I believe their next ten years will be even more transformational and I want to be along for the ride. Viva independent film!”
Here are 10 things you may not know about us:
1. The Shooting People official anagram is Pigeonhole Post.
2. It took filmmakers Cath Le Couteur and Jess Search all day to think of the name Shooting People in a messy bedroom in 1998 when they launched the network with 60 filmmaker friends signed up to help each other make films.
3. Shooting People shares its birthday with 349 of its Members on 22 November. That makes Shooting People Sagittarius. Sagittarians are sometimes distracted, but this is only because they are so forward thinking that they forget about the present.
4. Director Shane Meadows (‘Room for Romeo Brass’, ‘This Is England’) was the first guest to speak at a Shooting People event – in 1999. He had to sit on the bar with a microphone because there was no stage. Cheers, Shane.
5. Someone once posted in asking for a flea-training expert. They got one.
6. 1.3m people have watched Shooting People’s Watch Film facility since its launch last December.
7. Shooting People has crewed up over 50,000 films in the last 10 years– fiction, animation, documentary, music video every week.
8. As far as we know NO ONE has ever got married because of Shooting People. Sorry.
9. Shooting People sends out 7,500,000 packed email bulletins to Members a year. That’s a lot of envelopes to lick.
10. Shooting People is celebrating its tenth birthday this year, just like Google. Shooting People thinks Google is a slightly bigger brand and wishes them all the best.