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Image Approvals Platform (Film Industry)

Photo approval screenshot with watermark and kill image button

Online Talent Image Approval Platform
(Web App)

The Image Approvals web app is designed to make managing talent photo kill rights easier, with their customers largely coming from the film and TV production industries. Users can upload and share images, manage approvals, and export contact sheets of the approved photographs in PDF format. Photographers, production workers, and actors can all have direct access to the images, which can be uploaded quickly to make the approval process far easier. 

The aim of the web app is to make image approval and kill rights simpler, so the website is designed with this at the forefront. When sharing images for approval, a simple tag process lets production staff or photographers pinpoint who is in each photograph, which will then automatically send the image to those people for approval. The talent can then view the images, with a one-touch kill function making the process of going through the images much quicker. They can also track their progress as they go through the images, and mark a day as done once completed for better organisation. The process is simple and cuts down on the time needed to sort out approved images for all participants.

I can't believe how quickly we started to see results with this project. Scorchsoft provided us with graphic designed mockups of how the app would look once built, and we were able to sell the product for use by our first customer before the product was finished.

Since launching in March, we have secured a major television network as a client who now uses Image Approvals to manage the talent approval process for their productions.

- Aimee Spinks, MD, ImageApprovals.com

Example of what contact sheets look like when images are exported for viewing

Secure Image Viewing

Password-protected accounts for each user ensure that access is only permitted for members, and the website is designed using secure frameworks to avoid hackers infiltrating photos. Images are also automatically watermarked with the ID and name of the viewer, preventing them from being leaked.

There are no global share-links available, and image URLs can only be accessed after a user logs in so it can’t be shared with non-members. This tight security is essential to creating a web app that users can rely on, fulfilling its purpose. 

Easy Approval 

The aim of the web app is to make image approval and kill rights simpler, so the website is designed with this at the forefront. When sharing images for approval, a simple tag process lets production staff or photographers pinpoint who is in each photograph, which will then automatically send the image to those people for approval.

The talent can then view the images, with a one-touch kill function making the process of going through the images much quicker. They can also track their progress as they go through the images, and mark a day as done once completed for better organisation. The process is simple and cuts down on the time needed to sort out approved images for all participants. 

A screenshot of the app on an iPhone X showing the agent view of actor kill percentages

Adjustable Kill Rate Limits

An adjustable feature allows production managers to adjust the kill rate for talent, ensuring the process is customisable for their needs. Once the kill rate is set, the user can only kill a certain number of images as they progress through them. This will be displayed throughout the process as a percentage, both for solo and group images, that the user can easily keep track of. This feature ensures that talent won’t exceed their kill rate, which is vital to the web apps purpose.

Responsive Web App

From traditional offices to the sets of production, this platform has to be readily available wherever the team is at all times. The web app format is ideal for this, creating a responsive app that can be viewed both on desktop and mobile devices. It has superior functionality compared to regular websites, whilst still loading in desktop browsers. Without the need for an app, the site can be viewed on all devices regardless of the operator (Android, iPhone etc.). When catering to a wide base of users that are always on the go and often working remotely, this is essential, allowing everyone in the group to easily use the platform.

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