PopTent is a new social networking platform for independent and freelance filmmakers and videographers where they can collaborate on projects and earn income as well. Members (also known as Creators) create their profile as they do on other social networks and showcase their talents by sharing their videos online. Potential clients (known as Brands on the site) can hire any member after seeing their profile or work. Members can follow brands or projects just like they do on Twitter and Facebook.
It’s important to note that while the service is geared towards filmmakers, it is also open to other types of talent in the filmmaking industry, such as actors, comedians, grips, animators and more. The focus is to provide a platform where people with varying skills and experience can find one another and collaborate on projects. You can search for other things like members that you might want to work with on an assignment. Also, you can search a listing of all the brands that might be interested in working with you.
You can also search for media, projects and assignments. For example, there are currently twenty active assignments on Poptent, including this one involving legendary baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson and Brand Affinity Technologies (BAT) project:
The service provides a high-quality media player and several tools that help you manage your video portfolio and projects online. Through integration, they let you connect with your other social networks like Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, etc. This allows you to extend your network and build your personal brand.
The service is free to join at this time and already in full swing with several projects launched. This type of service has good potential for being successful because it’s allowing people to use tools to connect to one another and actually helps them track their progress. The other attractive element to the service is the way that it showcases and promotes you and your work, which is like having an agent working for you 24/7.