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A Film Market Game Changer?

by Jeff Steele

Image taken and emailed using JotNot

In my opinion, Yes. If you’re an indie producer or entertainment executive it’s irresponsible to not have the JotNot app.

So many film closings are, at some point, predicated on selling just one more key territory at a film market that is just prior to principal photography.  The sales agent is having drinks with the buyer; she gets them to say yes and they sign the short form agreement.  When the buyer steps away to order more drinks, the agent grabs her iPhone and snaps a picture of the form and, using the JotNot app, emails it directly to the lender and producer.  The financing is now complete — the film goes into production.

JotNot is a five-dollar iPhone app that allows the phone to act as a document scanner, then (using the phone’s camera) converts the doc to a PDF or JPG (your choice) and emails it out.  The best $5 the agent (or any entertainment executive who has had to procure a signature on-the-fly) has ever spent.

I normally don’t do product plugs, but this one works amazing.  The quality is equivalent to a fax (I’ve attached a “scan” of a document taken from the PA tax credit application that has fine-print and hand writing.)

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9 Responses leave one →
  1. John permalink
    February 19, 2010

    What a great idea! Thanks Jeff for the advice, I can see this working out well.

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  2. February 19, 2010

    John, glad I could help. I’ve used it already a couple of times myself and it has come in quite handy. By the way, I heard the developer of the app visited this post today.

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  3. February 21, 2010

    I can’t believe I’ve been taking snap shots using the iPhone camera, converting the file to then archiving/eMailing.

    THIS will save a lot of time.

    Great suggestion.

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    • February 21, 2010

      This will separate the iphone amateurs from the pros! Welcome to the club Stan.

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      • February 22, 2010

        Thanks, Jeff.

        I’ve been looking for quality blogs like yours.

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  4. February 25, 2010

    Jeff,
    What’s the advantage over keeping it as an image? Same picture quality, more flexible, don’t have to pay $5…
    Mike

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    • February 26, 2010

      Michael, Among other things, the advantage is being able to crop and convert the image (on the fly) into a pdf page, as well as to consolidate multiple images/pages into a single pdf document, and then email it straight from the jotnot app, at fax quality.

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  5. Oprah permalink
    March 11, 2010

    I am really impressed by your work Jeffrey. Keep it up!

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