Archive for April, 2011

Location Viewer for iPad passes 500 downloads








We are excited to announce that our Location Viewer iPad app has passed the 500 individual downloads mark after just 2 weeks from it’s launch.

500 individual downloads might not seem like a lot compared to an app like “Angry Birds”, but we are excited because we all work in such an extremely vertical market.

Click here to check out the app.

Broadcast Email (UPDATED!)


Today our staff finished updating, editing, and adding new records to the Film Commissions database on ProductionLogin.

We now have over 500 listings for Film Commissions from around the world that you can choose to send a “Broadcast Email”.

Choose from Region, State, or select individual Film Commissions – then compose your email and even add an attachment.  The emails go directly between you and the film office.  You will have to manage your emails and their responses, and please exercise good email manners – Always send a final email thanking the people that have tried to help you with your project and let them know how it turned out.

iPad Location Viewer








Today we are happy to say that our 2nd app has been approved for the iPad on the iTunes store!

It gets you into the location database section of our ProductionLogin site without having to login to the site.  You can search by any combination of the fields – Category, Geography, Keywords, Photo #.

Of course if you are a registered member of our website, you will have greater access through your browser because you can search with more levels of categories, save images to one of 3 private albums, and also save PDF files to your desktop.

This app gets you in quickly and efficiently (even on a 3G connection) to get ideas or to find the scout that shot the location images – his/her phone number is included with each image.

You can find it on the iTunes App store by clicking here.  See images below to view some screenshots of the app in action.

IMPORTANT: New laws when Hiring Crew in New York

EFFECTIVE TODAY,  April 9th of 2011, the New York State Wage Theft Prevention Act or ( WTPA) goes into effect.

I know we are all up to our necks in paper work, but here at Planet PrePro we try to stay up to date with labor laws when hiring crews around the world as well as locally.  We suggest you read the following attachments because the penalties for non-compliance can be steep.

The WTPA imposes on employers additional notice and record-keeping requirements under the wage and hour provisions of the New York Labor Law and significantly reinforces the civil and criminal penalties on employers for certain Labor law Violations.

The guidelines for these new laws are in the document below;

NYS Labor LS52


The form that is currently used for producers is below;



If you are interested in reading about this new labor law, click on the link below;

NY State Department of Labor

Over 100,000 images of NY in Location Database











We passed the 100,000 image mark for the New York area over the weekend.

We are approaching 300,000 images in the location database.


Search by any combination of Categories (3 levels), Geography, Keywords, the location scout, or by photo #.

The Location Database is a great resource for “BrainStorming” or just to start the conversation with your clients on what works and what doesn’t work.

Video Added to Location Scouting Program


We’ve begun getting requests from photographers and agencies for a video file to be included with the still images in our location scouting “folders”.

So we’ve added another tab (video tab) to the scouting database program and set it up to import a video file to be included with the “View All” section of each location in the web load up.

Send us an email if you have any questions.


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