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Case study the film industry big talk productions

  1. 1. Unit 3: The Creative Media SectorBy Lani Baldwin
  2. 2. Nira Park In June 1995, she founded Big Talk Productions, which employs twenty-five people. Under this production company, she has produced comedies such as Black Books and Spaced. Subsequent to Spaced she has also produced films such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. She has also produced a number of channel 4 television shows as well as several other dramas and documentaries.Joint CEO/Producer
  3. 3. James Biddle James first worked with Big Talk as a freelance Production Coordinator on ‘Shaun of the Dead,’ then as Production Manager on ‘Hot Fuzz’. Since joining Big Talk in 2008, James has worked as Line Producer on ‘Free Agents’ and ‘Attack The Block’ and most recently, as Co- Producer on ‘Sightseers’. James is currently producing psychological horror, ‘In Fear’ with Nira Park. Prior the working for Big Talk Productions, James worked with other production companies such as; Title Producer Films, Focus Features, DNA and Film Four.
  4. 4. Edgar Wright Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English film and television director and writer. He is most famous for his work with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on the films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, the TV series Spaced, and for directing the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and co-writing Steven Spielbergs The Adventures of Tintin with Joe Cornish and Steven Moffat. He will also direct a film adaptation of the Marvel Comics superhero Ant-Man. Director/Writer
  5. 5. Simon Pegg Nick Frost Simon Curtis Writer/Actor Writer/Actor Writer Simon Curtis began his career at the Royal Court Theatre whereBoth Simon Pegg and Nick Frost rose to he ran the Theatre Upstairs and directed the world premiere of Road by Jim Cartwright.fame through the Channel 4’s Spaced. He joined the BBC as Executive Producer of Performance andBoth co-wrote and acted in Spaced, the was responsible for over fifty shows. As a director his creditspair have also gone on to write and act in a include Daniel Radcliffe in David Copperfield, Sally Hawkins in Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky, the multi awardnumber of bigtalk productions such as winning Cranford, the Golden Globe nominated Five Days forShaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. HBO/BBC and most recently Julie Walters in the BAFTA- nominated A Short Stay In Switzerland for BBC One. He also recently directed Serenading Louie at the Donmar Warehouse.
  6. 6.  Kenton Allen Each of these people have incredibly important Matthew Justice Robert Popper jobs, these include; runners, researchers, Christina Lesbirel assistants, lawyers (in case of legal issues), and a Lyndsay Robinson number of other jobs. Rachael Prior Luke Alkin Alison Cain Josh Cole Guy Thompson Celia Richards Leo Thompson Lucinda Barker Sharon Martin Dan Cheesbrough Lee Thomas Sophie Parkes Rhys Jasinski Suzette Styler Jody Wiltshire Andy Laas Pete Roe
  7. 7. Job Role Roles and Responsibilities Qualities Needed A Producer/Director in Network Television (Nationwide terrestrial programmes) takes an idea and Resilience, planning and organising, analytical thinking, leadership, managing delivers the programme, usually leading a team of people, and working to a series producer, a relationships and team work, imagination and creative thinking and experience.Producer/ Director director almost always has a clear vision they want to for fill. The producer has the overall responsibility for making the programme happen, from selecting the Negotiation skills, able be divide time between jobs, cope with the pressure of numerous production team and presenters, to guiding and motivating them throughout the whole jobs, team work/management.Series Producer production process. The producer along with the director and graphic designer will conceive the design for the opening titles and the internal graphics. The music will have to be selected or perhaps composed specifically for the programme. The researcher supports the Producer, contributing ideas, contacts and sources. Selects and An understanding of journalism, must work quickly/under constant pressure, empathetic interviews possible contributors, writes relevant briefings. The researcher may originate or of legal and ethical issues, incredibly good verbal and literal understanding of language,Researcher develop programme ideas and will draw on their particular knowledge and understanding of advanced IT skills, advanced analytical skills, can visualise situations to overcome industry requirements. The researcher will identify appropriate data, contributors, locations or problems. archive material, collate and assess information from various sources, and ensure that legal, compliance and copyright requirements are met. Makeup artists working in television and film help convey the personality of characters. They use Creative imagination, strong visual sense, makeup to improve, enhance, or alter the appearance of the actors and actresses. Makeup artists be able to communicate well at all levels, confidence and tact to suggest changes toMake-up Designer may be asked to create different appearances for a character, such as a black eye, old age, or benefit an individuals appearance, have stamina, be able to work under pressure, be bloody wounds. The make-up designer also works closely alongside the costume designer. methodical and pay attention to detail, be able to work well as part of a team of often diverse colleagues. Production Co-ordinators are directly responsible to the Line Producer and Production Manager As this job is time consuming and often very stressful, the production coordinator must for scheduling and co-ordinating the communications and day-to-day workings of the whole be able to cope under pressure, energetic, have a good understanding of higher literacyProduction Co-ordinator TV production team. They co-ordinate the crew, maintain the purchase order log, make sure skills, possibly experienced in office work. Have strong multi-tasking capabilities. paperwork is completed and filed, answer the telephone, and ensure that nothing is overlooked. Production Co-ordinators also produce new versions of the script as changes are made. Because they are most responsible for the day-to-day workings of the production office. A runner works as the most junior member of the production team and will get involved in all Common sense, pleasant personality, good communication skills, sensitivity, energetic, aspects of the production from making the tea, running around to pick up tapes and props etc, to attention to detail, lateral thinking, knowing when to be quiet, not afraid of getting theirRunner helping out with research. hands dirty, doesn’t mind making the sandwiches/wash up. The script executive adjusts the script depending on budget and possibility. They must also be Ability to observe and retain visual information, ability to understand technical able to understand/empathise with the actors at their discretion. information and constantly learn new technology, ability to absorb a script & pinpointScript Executive anomalies in storyline, continuity, ability to make positive decisions with confidence computer literacy and typing, digital camera literacy, paperwork organisational skills and ability to multi task, communication skills, personality skills, discretion. These people are in control of many cameras all at the same time; this allows shots to be filmed Able to multi-task, energetic, creative/imaginative, able to follow instructions precisely, from many different angles. good organisation skills.Multi Camera Director
  8. 8. If I were to find a job in the media industry I would apply for a job as a Director or ScriptExecutive. This would allow me to have control and a heavy influence over the productions. DirectorRequired Skills - A film director must have a comprehensive understanding of all aspects offilm production, from acting to lens technology. It goes without saying that this is a seniorposition — if you want to be a director you will need to gain a lot of experience in other rolesfirst. Film directing is a vocation which, for most people, is more about creative achievement than financial reward. It is a difficult field to break into and the aspiring director should be prepared for a lot of hard work. Huge salaries are the exception rather than the rule.What skills do I need to become a Director?So, to conclude, if I wanted to be a Director I would have to gain many years of experience inthe media industry, and also I would have to go through many jobs to get this senior role. Iwould more than likely have to start out as a Runner to gain experience and a clearunderstanding about the “ranks” in the media industry. Subsequently to being a Runner, Iwould have a number of new qualities that would allow me to overcome many issues within tojob role of Director.
  9. 9. qualifications do I need to become a Director?There are no clear qualifications that are necessary to be a Director, this is because eachproduction company looks for different aspects in a person. Although there are severalqualifications that could help; English Language and Literature, as a Director should have athorough knowledge of techniques used in scripts, also a Director should have a basic orthorough knowledge of how to write a script. Also a qualification in Media would allow a quicktransaction between school life and a media job.Many production companies look for previous experience so it is necessary to work your way upthrough he media industry. Although previous experiences in school production and theatreproduction could/would stand out greatly in the media world.
  10. 10. Script ExecutiveA Script Executive is very similar to a Director in the fact they must have a clear idea of wantthe outcome will be like. They also have control over the characters, the props and almost allother extra’s. Also it is the job of the Script Executive to adapt/change the script dailydepending on expenditure and the reality of each scene.What qualifications do I need to become a Script Executive?Like the Director, there are no set qualifications necessary, this is because you must work yourway up through the media industry. Although there are several qualifications that are advisedupon this job; English Language and Literature, to be able to change and understand alllanguage techniques used in scripts and also have a clear understanding of script writing andediting.Previous experience in the media sector is also advised.