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Because you Can't Make a Film on Your Own
Shooting People connects you with thousands of filmmakers, actors, crew, technologists and industry to get films made and seen.
Learn what Shooting People can do for you.
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Shooting People is an online network for the independent film community.
Helping get films made since 1998
Over 200 casting roles are posted by directors/producers every month including paid, lo-paid and expenses only roles.
Casting opportunities from the teams behind This is England, Only God Forgives, Tyrannosaur, Verity's Summer, Starred Up, Peaky Blinders and Berberian Sound Studio.
Join the ranks of Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Mighty Boosh, Hot-Fuzz) and Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat, Dreams of A Life)
Xenia Glen, member since 2010, got her first professional acting credit and met her casting agent through Shooting People. Since then she’s booked work for TV (24), commercials (Sony) and feature films (All Stars).
Funding
Get access to Shooting People’s Funding Directory for scholarships, grants and bursaries.
Casting Bulletins
Receive the casting bulletin in your inbox each morning for the latest jobs, plus happenings across Shooting People and the wider industry.
“When I want to give myself the widest chance of finding the perfect cast I always turn to SP Casting Network because I know that whatever their experience , the actors who reply to me will be the ones who want to work in independent film; they are here because they want to do interesting work.”
- Ben Blaine (Nina Forever, Hallo Panda)
Film of the Month is an opportunity to be seen by industry heavyweights and inspiring supporters of Shooting People.
Previous judges include David Harewood (Homeland, Blood Diamond), Lena Duhnam (Girls, Tiny Furniture) and Richard E. Grant (Gosford Park).
“A deceptively simple, moving portrait of parts of our lives we hardly explore even though they make us who we are. Beautifully made. Tells us so much that is so personal in such brief flashes. It's thrilling to peak at people's private fixations.”
- Lena Dunham
Shooting People was founded in 1998 in the belief that connecting film creatives, actors, crew, technologists and industry, would help ensure independent films get made and seen. That principal remains true today.
Membership through subscription enables us to remain independent and to build services that enable independent film to flourish.
Actors use Shooting People to share knowledge, tips and recommendations with each other about agents and other issues that relate to the craft of acting.
We host networking events all over the country every month, countless creative relationships have been formed, and plenty pints drunk.
If you need to sharpen up your skills, find a training course through our directory.
Shooting People is an online network for the independent film community.
Helping get films made since 1998
5,233 opportunities were posted on Shooting People last year for camera crew, editors, composers, gaffers, production designers and other crew to join and collaborate on independent productions throughout the UK and in NYC.
“Shooting People is dear to my heart. Some of my most crucial early career steps came out of it. I came into film without a network of collaborators and SP gave me one. If you're proactive in the community, the cheap subscription is a no brainer!” - Michael Berliner, Producer, 2014 Screen International Stars of Tomorrow
Join the Shooting People ranks of established filmmakers and crew including Clio Barnard, Asif Kapadia, Andrea Arnold and Simon Chinn.
Recently, members Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard directed the multiple award-winning Nick Cave doc ‘20,000 Days on Earth.’
 
There is no question too niche for the community.
“Thanks Santiago. I'm now starting to get a pretty clear picture of what shooting in Nigeria entails. I've been put in contact with several filmmakers down there and people in UK with experience from Nigeria, this reminds me of what a great community this is, thanks again everyone for your help.”
Receive the Filmmakers Bulletin every morning for all latest opportunities and news from Shooting People and the wider industry
Get access to Shooting People’s Funding Directory for specialist grants and funding opportunities.
“Finding a DP for the short fiction I was producing seemed like the key to the whole film. We got a lot of responses to our Shooting People call out and I still can't believe we found someone so talented who clicked with the director brilliantly from the first meeting. They've continued to work together on projects since.” - Jenny Horwell, Independent Producer
Shooting People was founded in 1998 in the belief that connecting film creatives, actors, crew, technologists and industry, would help ensure independent films get made and seen. That principal remains true today.
Membership through subscription enables us to remain independent and to build services that enable independent film to flourish.
We host networking events all over the country every month, countless creative relationships have been formed, and plenty of pints drunk.
If you need to sharpen up your skills, find a training course through the Training Directory.
Shooting People is an online network for the independent film community.
Helping get films made since 1998
Hundreds of film organisations join Shooting People every year, to connect with filmmakers and let the community know about their activities. These include festivals, funding bodies, actor institutions, writer orgs, camera hire, digital distribution platforms, distributors, cinema’s, educational bodies, post companies and more.
Long-term partners of Shooting People include:
  • Bafta
  • Barbican
  • Sundance
  • Creative England
  • Encounters
  • Little White Lies
  • Tribeca
  • Picture House
Receive news from the rest of the industry on your way to the office.
“The team continually track new and upcoming filmmaking talent via sites like Shooting People’ Chris Moll, Head of Film, Creative England
Engage directly with filmmakers through discussion and debate.
“ 9.88 Films is a micro-short form filmmaking challenge that Channel 4 launched in partnership with Creative Scotland. How do you feel about telling a story in ten seconds? How long is too long, and can a film ever be too short? “ Ian McKenzie, Development Manager, C4
Our monthly short film competition highlights filmmakers making great work.
‘This is Vanity really grabbed me from the off and kept me in right until the end. Like any great short, it packed a powerful punch. Strong storytelling and a message delivered loud and clear with admirable economy.’ Dir Paul Greengrass (Bourne Identity, Captain Phillips)
Commission bold, distinctive short films.
We work with partners to commission outstanding short films.
  • BBC commision
  • British Council commision
  • Puma commision
  • Random Acts commision
Shooting People partners reaches all nations and regions of the UK with travelling events and monthly meet-ups in over 15 cities.
Shooting People is an online network for the independent film community.
Helping get films made since 1998
Writers use Shooting People to collaborate with Directors and Producers, and to pitch scripts though the Script Pitch bulletin.
Member Nicholas Horwood pitched his short to BAFTA winning Producer Sophie Venner, leading to a collaboration on his first produced short ‘That Thing You Drew’. Nicholas also heard about the Guiding Lights mentoring scheme on SP, which lead him to getting an agent and to another short, nominated for a Welsh BAFTA.
Three novelists on Shooting People, Chris Killen, Joe Stretch and Socrates Adams made their debut feature Wizards Way on a paltry budget of £400 and picked up many awards. Recently Jack Black acquired the rights to do a remake.
“The team continually track new and upcoming talent via sites like Shooting People”, explains Chris Moll, Head of Film at Creative England.
Get access to Shooting People’s Funding and Competitions Directory for scholarships, grants and screenplay competitions.
Receive the screenwriters bulletin in your inbox each morning for active debate and ongoing feedback between writers.
Forthcoming feature ‘Retreat’ starring Thandie Newton, Cillian Murphy & Jamie Bell, was written, directed and produced by members Carl Tibbetts and Gary Sinyor . They found each other through SP’s Script Pitch bulletin.
Film of the Month is an opportunity for produced shorts to be seen by inspiring supporters of Shooting People as well as industry. Previous judges include Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People), Larry Charles (Borat, Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Briony Hanson (Head of British Council, Film).
“Loved the handmade quality. The look of a children's piece, maybe even made by children, but with a harsh hard dark adult core. Like a children's story written by Beckett.” – Larry Charles
Shooting People was founded in 1998 in the belief that connecting film creatives, actors, crew, technologists and industry, would help ensure independent films get made and seen. That principal remains true today.
Membership through subscription enables us to remain independent and to build services that enable independent film to flourish.
 
Writers lead the debate on issues about screenwriting that are important to them.
Shooting People members host networking events all over the country for every month. Countless creative relationships have been formed, and plenty of pints drunk.
If you need to sharpen up your skills, find a training course through our directory.
Shooting People is an online network for the independent film community.
Helping get films made since 1998
Every week, 240+ productions find writers, producers, cast and crew through Shooting People.
Get Funded. Access Shooting People’s Funding Directory for current film funds available from BFI, government depts, screen agencies, digital organisations, NGO’s, production companies and broadcasters.
Member James W Griffiths heard about Bombay Sapphire’s 40K film fund via Shooting People. After winning the competition he made 'Room 8' which went on to win a Bafta for Best Short.
Receive the Filmmakers Bulletin for daily opportunities and happenings across Shooting People and the wider industry.
Get your short film reviewed by industry heavyweights and inspiring supporters of Shooting People.
Previous judges of ‘Film of the Month’ include Danny Boyle, Werner Herzog, Matt Groening, John Waters, Nick Cave, Michael Winterbottom, Lena Dunham, Plan B, Miranda July, Mathew Barney, Christine Vachon, Kevin MacDonald and Richard E. Grant.
“Behind the Light”, about the lighthouse keepers, sad and elegiac, spoke strongly of those who fall through the fault-lines of progress. I was very moved by this film and think it deserves to win Film of the Month.” – Nick Cave
Shooting People are partners with Kickstarter. 68 member crowd-funded projects were supported this year. 100% of which reached their goal.
Connect with the industry.
“The team continually track new and upcoming filmmaking talent via sites like Shooting People”, - Chris Moll, Head of Film at Creative England.
Ask questions and get advice.
‘For the dinner scene - Intimacy was what we really needed, so a tiny crew is always better if you can manage it.’ Lucy Walker.
Twice nominated for an oscar, member Lucy Walker released doc feature ‘Crash Reel’ this year; a jaw-dropping story of snowboarding athlete Kevin Pearce.
Shooting People was founded in 1998 in the belief that connecting film creatives, actors, crew, technologists and industry, would help ensure independent films get made and seen. That principal remains true today.
Membership through subscription enables us to remain independent and to build services that enable independent film to flourish.
We host networking events all over the country every month, countless creative relationships have been formed, and plenty of pints drunk.
Shooting People is an online network for the independent film community.
Helping get films made since 1998
Six members who were shortlisted for this year’s British Animation Awards, These included Oliver Harrison’s Edward-Gorey-esque ‘Apocalypse Rhyme’, Katerina Athanasopoulou’s beautiful ‘Apodemy’, and Ainslie Henderson’s surreal trip through the subconscious mind in ‘I Am Tom Moody’.
Upload your short to ‘Film of the Month’ to get seen by Industry and inspirational supporters of Shooting People. Previous judges include Danny Boyle, Matt Groening and Miranda July.
“Clive Shaw’s almost dialogue-free “Girls and Boys” plays like a funny and slightly disturbing dream. I love it when animation does this, cramming quick jokes and reveals in a short amount of time. The memorable music by Jude Cowan and Matt Armstrong support the weird goings-on, and make the cartoon great for multiple viewings. Well done!” – Matt Groening
Receive the animators bulletin in your inbox each morning for active debate and ongoing feedback between animators and visual fx members.
“The team continually track new and upcoming talent via sites like Shooting People”, explains Chris Moll, Head of Film at Creative England.
Shooting People has commissioned animations for Channel 4 and PUMA
Puma commissions Channel 4 commissions
Ginevra Boni’s animation ‘Avalanche’, commissioned by SP for broadcaster Channel 4's Random Acts has won multiple awards and was selected by Vimeo to as one of their ‘Staff Picks’.
Funding
Get access to Shooting People’s Funding Directory for scholarships, grants and bursaries.
Shooting People was founded in 1998 in the belief that connecting film creatives, actors, crew, technologists and industry, would help ensure independent films get made and seen. That principal remains true today.
Membership through subscription enables us to remain independent and to build services that enable independent film to flourish.
Animators ask for recommendations and get advice from other members.
Shooting People members host networking events all over the country for every month. Countless creative relationships have been formed, and plenty of pints drunk.
If you need to sharpen up your skills, find a training course through our directory.