24 June, 2021

Neha Raheja Thakker

The filmmaker on collaborative film The Owner

Neha Raheja Thakker

Tell us about The Owner.

Twenty-five filmmakers from 14 countries who have never met collaborated online.

Whose idea was it?

Detroit filmmakers Marty Shea, Ian Bonner.

How did you get to be a part of it?

I saw a posting on a website, after which I sent in some links of my work to Marty and Ian and I was in.

How did it work?

It was done through a central website where we shared scripts and edits, plus we used phones, Skype, e-mail and a video-sharing website to coordinate.

So none of you ever met in person?

Most of us have never met, but in today’s tech-savvy world, that wasn’t an issue.

Is collaborative filmmaking the future?

I think the tools we have today open up possibilities not only for collaborative filmmaking, but for collaborative creative expression on a global scale.

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