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Iranian Film Community Should Be Encouraged to Register on the Earth's Biggest Movie Database


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When it comes to self promotion, the Iranian film community is particularly shy. THIS HAS TO CHANGE !


In a medium where competition is already tough, jobs rare on a regular basis and where every job oppurtunity is envied by any ambitious or aspiring actor, director, technician, one can only wonder why the Iranian film community ( both inside and outside) rarely pays enough attention to what has become an essential platform for self promotion but also outreach to other professionals in their field of exercise: The Internet Movie Database (IMDb).

Read the following Presentation by Wikipedia about the Internet Movie Data Base


The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information related to movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. IMDb launched on 17 October, 1990, and in 1998 was acquired by


The IMDb website consists of one of the largest accumulation of data about films, television programs, direct-to-video products, and video games, reaching back to each medium's respective beginning. In many cases, the information goes beyond simple title or press credits to include complete cast and crew credits, uncredited personnel, production and distribution companies, plot summaries, memorable quotes, awards, reviews, box office performance, filming locations, technical specs, promotional content, trivia, and links to official and other websites. Furthermore, the IMDb tracks titles in production, including major announced projects still in development. The database also houses filmographies for all persons, cast and crew, identified in listed titles. Filmographies include biographical details, awards listings, external links, and information about other professional work not covered by title entries in the database such as theatrical and commercial advertising appearances. The IMDb also offers ancillary material such as daily movie and TV news, weekly box office reports, TV listings, cinema showtimes, user polls and ratings, and special features about various movie events such as the Academy Awards. The website also has an active message board system. There are message boards for each database entry, found at the bottom of each respective page, as well as general discussion boards on various topics.


All of the basic database information is available without registration and without providing any personal information. However, to submit information, to use the message boards, to search for information about adult movies or to use some other of the site's features requires registration. Some advanced features require verification which can sometimes require some personal financial information such as credit card details. IMDB has 57 million visitors, 17 million of which are registered users, as of October 10, 2007.


Database content is largely provided and updated by a cadre of volunteer contributors; although 20 members of the IMDb staff are dedicated to monitoring received data.


For automated queries, most of the database can be downloaded as compressed plain text files and the information can be extracted using the tools provided, typically using a command line interface.




In 2002, the IMDb spun off a private, subscription-funded for profit site, IMDbPro, offering the entire content of the database plus additional information for business professionals, such as personnel contact details, titles in development, movie event calendars, and a greater range of industry news.


In 2006, IMDb introduced its "Résumé subscription service", where actors and crew can post their own résumé and upload photos of themselves[3] for a yearly fee.IMDb résumé pages are kept separately from the regular entry about that person, but a regular entry is automatically created for each résumé subscriber who does not already have one.


Learn More on This on Wikipedia


Also last but not least: Do Pay Attention to Spelling Mistakes and Grammatical Inaccuracies. They may not matter to you but will to your future employers. So Hope to read more professional profiles from members of the Iranian film community in the future.   






Authors Notes:


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About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and Media Consultant. He is also contributes to OCPC Magazine in LA/US and to the London Based IC Publications The Middle East Magazine and Persian Heritage Magazine.

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