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NMSU graduate creates app to help next generation of filmmakers

A former student of New Mexico State University?s Creative Media Institute for Film and Digital Arts is developing a location-based networking app that will allow like-minded filmmakers to find each other in their local communities.


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A former NMSU Creative Media Institute student is developing a location-based networking app, called ?filmcrU,? that will allow like-minded filmmakers to find each other in their local communities. (Photo courtesy of Jared Ortega)

Jared Ortega, a filmmaker and 2011 graduate of the NMSU Department of Individualized Studies created the app, called ?filmcrU,? to address the lack of networking resources for aspiring filmmakers.

?I think this app could revolutionize the game and inspire filmmakers to create more art by making it easy for them to collaborate,? said Ortega. ?Sometimes it is hard for young filmmakers to get jobs if they are not in the right circles, but this app will allow users to create their own circles and network with other filmmakers right there in their communities.?

The app will allow a user to create a profile that includes their personal bio, links to portfolios, pictures and equipment lists. Once a profile is created, users can start looking for other filmmakers in their area.

Ortega designed the app to show the profiles of other filmmakers living within a 20-mile radius of the user?s location. Once both users add each other to their film crews on the app, they can start communicating, sharing ideas and collaborating on projects.

?This app could benefit writers, actors, directors, cinematographers, editors and anyone, young or old, interested in filmmaking,? Ortega said.

Ortega recently completed the app design and is working to bring ?filmcrU? to the App Store and Marketplace. For more information or to help fund the app, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/filmcru/filmcru-mobile-app or http://filmcrumobile.wix.com/app-world. The fundraising campaign ends Jan. 1, 2016.