The brainchild of Greek Australian filmmaker Kosta Nikas and app creator Peter Lord, the aptly named Green Room has made its debut, after approval by Apple and Google for worldwide release on their respective app stores and is set to be a game changer in the filmmaking and creative space but also for anybody involved in the production of audio-visual content across all industries.
“I’ve been in the arts for more than 20 years, so I am familiar with the difficulties of getting a project off the ground, that’s why I am excited that The Green Room will address a number of the challenges that filmmakers and other creatives face. In time, we hope to address the funding issue as well,” says says filmmaker and co-founder Kosta Nikas.
“Our iPhone version went online a few weeks ago and the android version just became available. Although it is early days, we are very encouraged by the fact that we already have members in over 25 countries including the USA! So we are constantly improving it and developing new features,” he adds.
The industry has already expressed early support for the networking tool calling it a win-win situation for all stakeholders.
“It’s a great networking tool for our indie filmmakers. The more resources and support we provide them, the more we stimulate growth and employment in our sector,’’ says Adam Scott, Spectrum Films (Alien, Lion, Hacksaw Ridge) Fox Studios Australia.
“A smart and useful app for our indie filmmaking community; great tool for production managers” says Vicki Betihavas, Live Producer on Woody Harrelson’s Lost in London.
The Green Room allows users to add as much information as they feel necessary to connect them with the right people and projects. They can add their: Personal Details, Availability, Education, Work Experience, Bio, Show reel, Skills, Equipment, Location, Projects, Awards, IMDb link and more. The Green Room also allows users to create a profile regardless of the type of project, format and genre and its production status. Project creators can search for the right crew matching their criteria simply by posting a job/crew role and adding all the preferences they wish.
An award winning filmmaker, Kosta wrote and directed the winning short Light (2011) which took out the Best Experimental film award at Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, prompting former President of the Screen Producers Australia Association Tony Ginnane to call him a ‘’filmmaker to watch out for’’. His feature film directorial debut Sacred Heart (2015) starring AFI Award winning actor David Field had its world premiere at the 19th Shanghai International Film Festival in 2016.
He has written and directed stage plays and shorts, produced Australia’s first byzantine music album ”Byzantium” through then Festival Records and was script translator and dialogue coach for the award winning ABC TV Series ‘The Slap’, based on the best-selling novel of the same name. He holds a Master’s degree in Interactive and Digital Media from the University of Sydney as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Communications majoring in professional writing, public relations and literary studies.
“Our mission is to ensure that in this networking space our Greek filmmaking colleagues and cast, crew and creatives in every country are equipped with all the necessary tools that will help them create and crew projects, build their network, find jobs and advance their careers, no matter where they live or travel to!” say founders Peter Lord and Kosta Nikas.