Forget ice breakers, coffee and dinner dates. Screw GOING to movies. If you REALLY want to get to know someone - get so close to them that you know each other better than you know yourselves - MAKE a movie with them.
You'll never get closer to someone than when you’ve spent long hours in pre-production hashing out details and watching movies for inspiration until you’ve felt like your eyeballs will fall out of your head.
You'll never know more about someone than when you've spent 12+ hours a day with them on set - keeping as quiet as possible and locking eyes every now and then to silently plan a trip to crafty.
You'll never know someone better than when you've had a glimpse into their creative mind - working together to solve problems with anything from lighting and set design to camera placement and blocking.
You'll work through arguments, set aside your egos and figure out the best way to do things with a small budget and big ambitions.
… or maybe you'll end up hating each other. Either way, you'll have a film to show for it.
If you're looking for your (filmmaking) soulmate, I highly recommend Raindance's Booze N Schmooze networking events.
I make a point not to miss them - not only have I met skilled and capable filmmakers, but I've also met some of my closest friends at these monthly events. We now make movies together regularly because - once you start, it's kinda like good sex – you’ll be addicted and won't be able to stop.