Posts Tagged ‘film industry’

Starting at the bottom has never been easy, but now it’s never been so competitive. I’ve covered the ‘who you know’ angle previously.
Starting my own company to support untapped talents has given me rewards, but none- financially. That said, I’ve met and worked with some cracking people and some in the most unlikely of industries. Some of which have gone onto do much bigger things. I know my limits and some of my promotion stuff is beyond what I could ever have produced.
I received a survey from an individual for a project as part their degree. It was about the UK film Industry pre and post 2008. It’s not through trying but I must admit I’ve never been supported by any UK bodies (and it’s a sad for the UK) but all my film has been US funded. Surprisingly, even viable commercial ideas are passed on in favour for ‘quirky’ films that have ‘named’ talent attached even though they have little return or success.
That’s fine don’t get me wrong art is art and other stories should be told, but as it is the public’s money,dramatic bold and different films can be made and can also appease a wider audience. It is a business after all. Again there are lots of angels and opinions on this and once again this up for debate, I’m speaking from my own experience. My hat goes off to ‘self financed’ indie-film makers who do there’s research and pre-pro and go out –  putting it crudely, in simplistic terms, just make it, and make a film well, like David Paul Baker and Oklahoma Ward to name a few.

Terminus

Presently, I’m looking to sell some of my foreign rights but it’s a back rubbing exercise that I’m just not willing to play.  People talk about being transparent but there’s almost no such thing.  So I’ll wait until the right sub-agent or literary Agent  one comes along. I’m not looking for Michael Landon’s Jonathan Smith to turn up and say hey we’ll do your horror travel reads in thirty-three other languages, I just don’t want another unscrupulous suit to make me an offer.
So when we talk about retaining rights and so on what do we mean?  I’ve said many times I’m happy for my work to be played with by the right creative people. Sean P. Parsons Terminus was wonderful and I’m proud to have been a part of it.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) [Blu-ray]The Hobbit: 70th Anniversary Edition

So what ‘s that got to do with the The Hobbit and Star Wars? Well if you are are fan of either you’ll probably know there’s a lot of fan made stuff out there, some good, some bad, some legal and some not. (Never support anything illegal, it costs people jobs, seriously). Those who are fans of the aforementioned and have missed these are in for a treat.These are fan made films in the truest sense and are not for profit or to infringe on the rights of the official films… Enjoy.
Makazie One is set in the Star Wars universe during the time period between Episodes III and IV, an elite soldier has been sent to track down and destroy a known threat to the Empire. http://www.makazieone.com
Award winning unofficial prequel to The Lord Of The Rings dramatising Aragorn &Gandalf’s long search for Gollum. This 40 minute film, made by fans for fans is based on the appendices of LOTR and was painstakingly shot on a low budget as a homage to Peter Jackson’s trilogy and the writing of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Once upon a time independent film was just that, Independent. And in most cases still is.
Taxi Driver [Blu-ray]Usually independent filmmakers would beg, scrimp and borrow to get a vision on screen and it would be shown at a limited to a number of cinema screens. This has forced many independent studios to close or to be snapped up by bigger players. Even though the line has become more blurred between big Studio’s and independent ones in terms of look and feel it really isn’t a new thing. In the 70’s Hollywood simply produced films that looked like indie movies for example, Taxi Driver.
The big players and Hollywood system has adjusted making more changes to appease the movie goer with darker films and fewer happy endings, these have usually been produced under a subsidiarity company. Usually these films are more thought provoking, have a certain visual grit and are not PG friendly. Something that indie films have always lived up to. Also there is a difference between low budget film making and low budget indie films. It’s impossible for me to wrap it’s all up neatly and it would be pretentious to even think one could fit all the intracity of film making. in a small blog post.
Pot luck with Film festival and showcases aside it is so difficult to get a film on the big screen, especially in the UK.The process of film making is pretty much the same indie-film or not. Those who go blindly into it aways discover there’s a process that needs to be followed to achieve the completion of a great film. And don’t even get me started on distribution, another minefield of pros and cons. I digress…
Blood Hunger’s development is only aided slightly by the novel as a template, it means that research had been carried out, the characters are already broken down, motivations have already been explored etc. It’s just makes it slighty easier for an objective screen writer. There’s only so much a great glossy photo-shoot and a fantastic neo-noir indie-film Terminus can help the subject matters adataption. So Blood Hunger is now at a stage where the screen-play is being developed. I’ll be posting further updates so you can benefit and learn for our experiences.
Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)Remember novel source material is just that, the screenplay doesn’t have to be a true representation of the book. Most writers find this difficult to let go, it’s their baby and I can relate to that, however, I can see that it would be difficult to get everything on screen. I’ve also never professed to be a great writer, just a decent story teller. (ah the humbling noise of modesty)
Set in the present day I envisage and strive for Blood Hungers adaptation to be a grittier than the book and far removed from the recent popular vampire incarnations; Twilight; Vampire Dairies; True Blood to name a few. For example the flash back 1477 A.D segments have already been stripped out, not only for budget reasons (for it to have a wider investment appeal) but also because the screen play would become too long and possibly have to be trimmed so much it would loose it’s impact. Besides dependant on the budget, the detailed 15th chapters could always be revisited. It’s a shame they have to be omitted as Europe’s and America’s 1477 is very different. Most striking is the difference of London in mid 15th Century to Bram Stoker’s 19th century London that is so often portrayed.
So while the screenwriter(s) crack on, I’ll be on the hunt for further interested parties in order to deliver you a quality horror thriller. Over and out.

Lolita 1962 Comedy Drama Movie 24x36 POSTER

Trailers date back as early as 1913 and were popularised in the 60’s by Hollywood teasers on TV. One front runner (and it comes as no surprise) was trend-setter Stanley Kubrick with his montage trailers including Lolita and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

2001: A Space Odyssey Poster Movie C 11x17 Keir Dullea Gary Lockwood William Sylvester Dan Richter

To think trailers were usually showed in cinema after the credits, it’s easy to see why this didn’t last long. The thing is these days we know too much before we even sit on our seats in the cinema or insert that shiny disc. With barrage of TV spots, teaser-trailers, official trailers, video diaries, Internet snoops, blog posts and sites more often than not we know the in’s and out a year before it’s gets to the big screen. As oppose to once upon a time not so long ago when we’d have to wait over a year for a film to hit Video, or two years for cable and maybe forever for it to reach terrestrial TV if ever.
JANE BADLER 24X36 POSTER PRINT FROM CLASSIC V SERIES
I recently watched the first episode of the second series (season) of ‘V’ and in the final moments an incarnation of one of TV’s best villains appears… Jane Badler’s character Diana. (Now I may have just spoilt it for someone!) see what I mean. Now if I had read it or caught a whiff on the net, it would have ruined for for me. The same reason as I thought it neat when Charlie Sheen cameos in Wall Street 2, Sean Connery appearing at the end of Robin Hood and Ed Norton being in Kingdom of Heaven.  The problem is this, these publications can give a lot away, all just it takes is a photo or a sentence.  The same can be said for magazines featuring soaps and show’s etc. As Grandpa said in The Lost Boys,”…Read the T.V. Guide, you don’t need a T.V.” Never a truer word spoken.

Cloverfield

The ‘industry’ ‘leaks’ things left right and centre, the the amount money spent on consumer research is nobody’s business and is also why we get sheep-like droves of films that have no substance because they are designed like fast-food with no substance but to temporarily appease the masses. I like a cheeky burger as much as the next but at least some-like to put flare into their public communications, even to have some kind of morale, if not clever creative ways to draw us in while not unmasking the whole film. The film Cloverfield showed very little, it’s advertisements tantalising and mysterious. Notably, Spider-Man’s trailer had an entire action sequence, Terminator 2: Judgment Day’s trailer featured an elaborate special effects scene both especially constructed and were never intended to appear in the theatrical release.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Poster Movie B 11x17 Arnold Schwarzenegger Linda Hamilton Edward Furlong

Maybe it should be made compulsory that only title cards and a 5 second clip are only shown but no doubt some bring spark will let the cat of of the bag. ‘Kevin Spacey is Keyser Söze.’ or ‘There is no Tyler Durden, The Narrator is one and the the same.’
On writing this I can understand Steven Spielburg reluctancy to record director commentaries, but it’s a case now of give the people what they want and I suppose the bottom line is you don’t have to listen the commentaries or watch the making of supplements, if you want to retain that movie magic. Personally I love a great making of, I remember a double video set of Total Recall with a 20 minute making of feature, I though it was the bee-knees. Little did I know in the future we’d have a thing called DVD and Blu-ray.

Al Pacino

Possibly due to the internet and media hunger today’s Hollywood stars are too accessible and are endanger of loosing their mystic, their allure with endless appearances, twitter and the like. Even a frank biography can destroy a hero. One of the worst things I did was read an authorised biography of Al Pacino. It was my own fault, I wont say why but my preconceived ideas were smashed. But on the flip side ‘Lucky Man: A Memoir by Michael J. Fox’ solidified him for me.
The internet is killing off quality publications, the excitement of waiting a month has gone. Why pay a subscription eh or 4.99, just turn on the TV, PC, or smart phone. As Darth Vader would say, “All too easy”.
Monsters Special Edition + Digital Copy [Blu-ray]Like anything else as consumers we want it instantly and in the process we are in danger of destroying what we love. Yes it’s great to have a build up an anticipation, but in our hunger for more we’re distorting that excitement and surprise and are possibly short changing ourselves when you pay money for a ticket to be entertained. And that is why you and I are feeling let down by almost ever film we see. Most recently I caught Monsters expecting another War of the Worlds rehash, District 9, a grounded version of ID4, or even a better version of Skyline but what I got was a love story with aliens as the back drop. For a spilt second I was slightly disappointed and then I came to my senses and felt a little emotion and thought, I quite enjoyed that. Call it unintentional misdirection, a lack of research and/or avoiding marketing for the film, it was something that I didn’t expect.
There’s a reason I just browse over the back sleeve, don’t pay too my attention to trailers or turn off the TV before the teaser to the next episode…. It’s because I like surprises.