Naknek Films Uses Assemble to Organize a Messy Process

“My concern with any platform was ‘are our clients smart and tech savvy enough, and willing to learn and adjust to a new platform?’. But with Assemble there has been no adjustment at all, it’s that easy."

Graham Kelly, Co-Founder and Director at Naknek Films
Graham Kelley
Co-Founder & Director

Everything all in one place

With Assemble, they can now bring all project assets together in one place, into a “digital production bible” as producer and co-founder Graham Kelly calls it.

With this digital production binder, they can give access to crew members and clients - at different permission levels they select, so they always control who sees what.

And this relieves stress by assuring them that everything is all in one place - from scripts, to casting options, to important legal documents.

“It gives me peace of mind. I’m no longer wondering where my documents are as a producer, where all my call sheets are, where all my legal documents are, where my script drafts are. Everything is within the Assemble project."

Graham Kelly, Co-Founder and Director at Naknek Films
Graham Kelley
Co-Founder & Director
Upload documents, media, links and more within Assemble.

Upload documents, media, links and more within Assemble.

A central point of truth for their clients

With Assemble as their project hub, their clients no longer have to check in with them to ask for assets or updates on the project timeline. They know that whatever is on Assemble is the most recent update of the project, and they can check on it any time they like.

The client is notified when new assets are uploaded, and Naknek is notified whenever the client leaves new feedback. This creates a simple way to keep everyone updated and cuts out dozens of long email chains.

“We know when there’s feedback. The client knows when there’s new assets. With Assemble, we always know where the project stands, because the platform tells us.“

Ryan Francis, Co-Founder and DP at Naknek Films
Ryan Francis
Co-Founder & DP
Assemble automatically notifies team members of new files, feedback and more.

Assemble automatically notifies team members of new files, feedback and more.

Saving time on creating presentations

Graham used to spend hours using design programs to create presentations for casting options, location options and many other items for approval.

With Assemble’s interface, Graham can now skip the design and send the options directly from his Assemble project to the client for approval.

“I’m not doing self-made presentations anymore. I don’t have to create PDFs of talent options. I can put it all on Assemble, and it looks nice enough that I can send it off directly for approval.”

Graham Kelley, Co-Founder and Director at Naknek Films
Graham Kelley
Co-Founder & Director
Quickly create sharable presentations for any type of approval needs.

Quickly create sharable presentations for any type of approval needs.

Managing a complex feedback process

When Naknek was hired by a large client to produce ten different commercials, having Assemble implemented was a lifesaver.

Instead of tracking multiple versions of ten edit reviews, and a variety of other links, everything was organized efficiently in Assemble using version control.

Working with a large corporate client meant there were many different departments that had to view the assets and give their approval. But with Assemble, the client point of contact was able to easily share links of the edits to his colleagues so that they could give feedback, with no login required. Once the client received all of his colleague’s feedback, he was able to filter it for approval and easily funnel all of the final feedback back to Naknek - right within Assemble.

“Whereas before it would be a chain of emails, and it would be a headache going through all of the emails. Now we can tell them to keep everything all on Assemble. And everyone has received that really well.”

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Ryan Francis
Co-Founder & DP, Naknek Films
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Manage complex, multi-layered feedback processes in a simple, intuitive platform.

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