FilmSite CMS is a web-based content management system (CMS) for independent filmmakers. As an indie film-production company ourselves, we built this CMS to run our own website in order to showcase our own projects effectively. We hope other filmmakers can take advantage of it too.
FilmSite CMS will allow you to add your own projects, such as feature films, short films and music videos, to your website and quickly manage them. You can add videos, production stills, awards, film festival screenings, broadcasters and more to each project. Then with just a few clicks of the mouse you can change how those projects appear through a web-based control panel. For example, if your feature film is accepted into a new festival or receives a new award, you can add that information to your website through a web browser anywhere that you have internet access.
Who is FilmSite CMS best suited for?
FilmSite CMS is for filmmakers and film production companies who would like an easy way to manage how their projects appear on their websites.
Can I control how my website looks?
Yes, FilmSite CMS can be integrated into your own website design. However, your website design needs to be able to handle dynamic content. For example, since FilmSite CMS can add projects to your website “on-the-fly”, your design needs to be able to accommodate three projects or twenty projects. We can work with you or your web designer to accomplish this.
Do I need any technical skills to use FilmSite CMS?
Yes, to manage your projects you will need to resize images with an image editing program like Photoshop Elements and you will need to upload these images to the web server with a FTP program like FileZilla.
How are videos displayed?
You will need a Vimeo account to host your videos and FilmSite CMS will link to them. We will be adding support for YouTube hosted videos soon.
Does FilmSite CMS run on my own web host?
No, you will need to run your website on our web server which is hosted on Media Temple's Grid servers. We will provide you with FTP access to your website files so that you can have full control of your site, at all times.
Does FilmSite CMS run all the content on my website?
No, currently it only runs these sections: featured projects, portfolio projects, user profiles and company bios. It can be customized for other sections but we recommend using dynamic content in sections that are updated often.
What did you use to build FilmSite CMS?
We built it on these industry proven open-source technologies: PHP, MySQL Database, Smarty Template Engine, jQuery and jQuery UI. We are grateful to have these amazing technologies out there that have been built tirelessly by thousands of dedicated people.
How much does FilmSite CMS cost?
Pricing is still being determined. We expect to charge an initial start-up fee and a yearly maintenance fee. We aim to keep it very affordable.
When will FilmSite CMS be ready?
While a functioning version is running this website now, we are still working to make it as easy to use as possible. We expect to launch the first version in the second half of 2014. We are currently looking for filmmakers who are interested in providing design input and testing the product before launch. Please contact us if you are interested.
How can I find out more?