We seek funds to continue development of our exciting new film & tv production software.
This phase of funding is to build the digital timecard element for all productions.
engine is a software service designed by people working in the industry for people working in the industry.
This service was born out of common frustrations with current systems and a desire to find a single solution for use by all productions, whatever size or medium.
Between us, we have over 33 years of experience on film and tv projects of all sizes. Most recently, Jonathan has been working as a Production Supervisor and Rebecca as a Financial Controller.
Our thorough understanding of the processes used across Production and Accounts in the industry has allowed us to begin to develop a single software hub to manage a production.
All productions typically rely on 3 forms of communication, each with its own problems:
Email – high volume, poorly written, missed, deleted, sent to too many people or not enough
Phone – usually only between 2 people, no record of the discussion, open to interpretation
Paper – gets lost, misplaced or damaged. Is illegible, environmentally unsound and difficult to track
Every aspect of production – crew, cast, projects, vendors, budget and schedule – is managed using bespoke systems, offering similar tools for distinct tasks. Often these systems are dated and no longer truly fit for purpose but we tolerate their flaws, rather than evolve.
Each project or studio has it's own way of working, so crew must repeatedly re-learn common tasks with alternative methods.
As a result, errors are made which are costly, frustrating and time-consuming. Errors lead to bad data and bad data leads to waste.
We have created engine to be the industry standard system, which gives:
its own hub
each crew member,
a profile that they own
an efficient way to connect and communicate between them
engine - now
Development of engine began in April 2017, with the first version ready for soft launch that August.
engine is currently operational on 5 projects, is scheduled to start on 4 more in early 2018 and new enquiries are ongoing.
The present version is an efficient on-boarding system:
- project issue offers
- crew create their profile
- crew review and accept their offer
- engine generates the contracts
- everyone signs electronically
- engine delivers the signed contracts
The current system ensures crew are contracted quickly,
and all required paperwork is submitted simultaneously.
Crew can update an existing engine profile any time; for them, joining the next production is as simple as review, accept and sign.
engine – the next stage
This is where we need your help please! With your contribution...
... we will develop a digital timecard solution to fulfil industry needs
crew can submit:
• where they work (location & unit)
• when they work
• additional days
• meal payments
• per diems
• and more...
for approval by:
providing information which is:
resulting in timely payment
engine – the future
engine will expand beyond on-boarding and timecards.
With people and projects properly connected, we can assist Production, Accounts and all crew in a number of exciting ways...
- sharing information
- planning operations
- managing resources
It's important that we remain a reactive & progressive company. We listen to the needs of our users and hone our plans to fit those demands.
what people are already saying
‘This has to become the industry standard. A seamless and straightforward system which is long overdue.
In my 20 years in Production, it was a first; we had the majority of the crew’s start forms and contracts signed and filed, 3 weeks in.’
Liza Carmel, Production
‘It's really a no-brainer for everyone to adopt this system, and if your records are kept on file it will make it so much easier for the next one.’
Tommy Holman, Camera
I just watched the explainer video, wow wee! Stone Ages move out the way - a digital revolution is coming.’
Rebecca Ioannou, Production
'Makes life so much easier. It can be a right pain filling out form after form but with what you have done it is so simple for everybody.'
Dan Moriarty, Grip
'This sounds really interesting and potentially a great way forward on many fronts!'
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