Q3. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
As a group we decided to call our production company for our film SSL Productions, this is because we felt this was an easy name to remember for a production company, as it is short and precise, unlike Village Roadshow Pictures who are associated with Warner Bros. and have produced films such as the Matrix. This title is our groups initials, therefore that is why these three simple letters were chosen.
Our production company is a small, British company
much like Warp Films and The Recorded Picture
Company, who produce films like ours. So our role
is to successfully create a film which will contribute
to the UK film industry. We achieve this by firstly
creating an initial story, then prepare for the shoot, film, and finally edit our sequences to the final product. A distributing company then distributes our film.
To produce a film such as ours, a variety of funding options are available, such as the UK Film Council. The UK Film Council was set up by the Labour party to develop and promote the UK film industry. It is funded through sources such as the National Lottery. There is also companies which fund production companies such as NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts) which funds companies such as Warp Films.
However if SSL Productions had already released films before The Night Before, profit from these films could also contribute to the production of this film.
A film distributor is a company which takes control of a films future after the production company. The distributor acts as the final step between the product and consumers watching or buying the film. Therefore they are involved in mainly marketing the film and distributing it around all cinemas and stores.
Large and well known distributing companies include those such as Pathé, Warner Bros., 20 th Century Fox and Aardman Animations. However as our film has come from a new and recently established production company, the distributor we will use will be less well known and on a smaller scale. Such as the one used to distribute Dead Man’s Shoe’s, which was Optimum Releasing, a British distributor. As Dead Man’s Shoe’s is also a psychological thriller like our film, I feel this would be a perfect distributor.
When editing our film we included 5 titles, the production company, the name of the film and three actors/actresses names. We decided to include three names as these people, if our film was actually being released, would be celebrities/ famous actors. When people see these names at the beginning of a film, they want to continue to watch. The first name which appears is Saliah Idris as she plays the main character in the film, therefore we felt it was right to put her name first so the audience will know which actress it is. The other two names, are actors/actresses who play equal parts in the film.
As all 3 of the people mentioned would
be well known to the British public,
this would enhance our films appeal
to the producer, and it may also
make it more profitable.
Dead Man’s Shoes and Franklyn are the types of films I like to feel our film is like institutionally, this is because both are made by a British production Company i.e; Warp Films and The Recorded Picture Company. The distributors of both of these films are also British distributors, which is the type of distributor who could release our film; Optimum Releasing and Contender Films. Both of these films also follow a similar genre and plot to The Night Before, therefore I feel these two films are much like ours, and suggests our film may also be successful.