Year 12 Audience & InstitutionsCase Study:Working Title Films<br />
Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan have achieved the near impossible <br />They’ve created a wildly successful production company ...
1984<br />Working Title founded by Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe<br />Now the most successful British film production comp...
Film maths<br />Films + American stars = Appeal to international market (& success for the British film industry)<br />Thi...
The British film industry dilemma:<br />Do you: <br />A) Make culturally specific films which appeal to a limited audience...
The British film industry dilemma:<br />Working Title want to make European films for a worldwide audience.<br />They want...
History of WT:<br />1984<br />Working Title founded by Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe<br />1985<br />First Working Title fi...
History of WT:<br />1988 <br />Production deal with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment<br />1991 <br />WT sets up Hollywood off...
History of WT:<br />1992 <br />PolyGram (a European music and media company) buys Working Title. <br />Sarah Radclyffe lea...
History of WT:<br />1994<br />Four Weddings and a Funeral <br />A big box office success due to the access to the US marke...
History of WT:<br />1998 <br />Polygram bought by Universal, a Seagram company<br />2000<br />Seagram is bought by Vivendi...
$35m<br />The amount of money WT can spend on a film before consulting with Universal<br />WT2 <br />Set up to encourage n...
Safety Net:<br />£13m <br />Budget for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin<br />£9.8m<br />UK Box Office takings<br />The protectio...
Unique:<br />There is no other British Film Company like Working Title<br />It is allowed freedom to make creative decisio...
Some key Working Title films:<br />
Some numbers:<br />4 or 5<br />The number of films Working Title produce each year<br />1<br />Number of ‘risk free films’...
Some numbers:<br />95<br />Number of films made (to date) by Working Title<br />$4.5 billion<br />Amount of money made by ...
Successful Relationships<br />Working Title make films with 3rd parties e.g. the Coen Brothers and people they know well a...
Notable films<br />The Soloist<br />State of Play<br />The Boat That Rocked<br />Wild Child<br />Burn After Reading,<br />...
Elizabeth<br />Fargo<br />Dead Man Walking<br />Bean<br />High Fidelity<br />Johnny English<br />Billy Elliot<br />Four We...
Bridget Jones's Diary<br />Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason<br />O Brother, Where Art Thou?<br />Love Actually<br />Shaun...
What does Eric Fellner have to say?<br />Working Title focus on character and narrative (as opposed to action/ special eff...
What does Eric Fellner have to say?<br />Working Title have aimed to create an industry that is exportable and global<br /...
What does Eric Fellner have to say?<br />We should dissipate the notion of the British Film Industry just being British<br...
Homework due Tuesday 25th May<br />Research a Working Title Film and prepare a presentation in groups (no more than 3) exa...
Production<br />Original idea?<br />Book?<br />Franchise?<br />Casting?<br />Producers?<br />Directors?<br />Composer – mu...
Distribution<br />How did the distributor market the film and who was the target audience?<br />Posters<br />Trailers<br /...
ExhibitionExchange and consumption <br />In cinemas and at home<br />Screen release<br />DVD release<br />Rating?<br />Cen...
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    1. 1. Year 12 Audience & InstitutionsCase Study:Working Title Films<br />
    2. 2. Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan have achieved the near impossible <br />They’ve created a wildly successful production company in a country where the film business is subject to repeated predictions of imminent doom. <br />Eric Fellner<br />Tim Bevan<br />
    3. 3. 1984<br />Working Title founded by Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe<br />Now the most successful British film production company <br />
    4. 4. Film maths<br />Films + American stars = Appeal to international market (& success for the British film industry)<br />This approach has provoked criticism about the ‘mid-Atlantic’ nature of the films.<br />
    5. 5. The British film industry dilemma:<br />Do you: <br />A) Make culturally specific films which appeal to a limited audience? <br />OR<br />B) Make broader, generic films with a wider appeal?<br />
    6. 6. The British film industry dilemma:<br />Working Title want to make European films for a worldwide audience.<br />They want to imbue them with European ideas and influences and they couldn’t do these things without the backing of a major Hollywood studio. <br />
    7. 7. History of WT:<br />1984<br />Working Title founded by Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe<br />1985<br />First Working Title film My Beautiful Laundrette (The first of a series of collaborations with Channel Four Films)<br />15 <br />Number of WT films produced in the 1980s<br />
    8. 8. History of WT:<br />1988 <br />Production deal with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment<br />1991 <br />WT sets up Hollywood office<br />
    9. 9. History of WT:<br />1992 <br />PolyGram (a European music and media company) buys Working Title. <br />Sarah Radclyffe leaves to set up her own production company <br />She’s replaced by Eric Fellner<br />
    10. 10. History of WT:<br />1994<br />Four Weddings and a Funeral <br />A big box office success due to the access to the US market provided by Polygram<br />
    11. 11. History of WT:<br />1998 <br />Polygram bought by Universal, a Seagram company<br />2000<br />Seagram is bought by Vivendi, the French multimedia conglomerate<br />WorkingTitle is now owned by Universal, which is in turn owned by Vivendi<br />
    12. 12.
    13. 13. $35m<br />The amount of money WT can spend on a film before consulting with Universal<br />WT2 <br />Set up to encourage new British filmmakers.<br />Billy Elliot (Dir. Stephen Daldry, 1999)<br />WT2 did not need the approval of Universal<br />
    14. 14. Safety Net:<br />£13m <br />Budget for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin<br />£9.8m<br />UK Box Office takings<br />The protection of Universal means that Working Title was able to survive this disappointing performance<br />
    15. 15. Unique:<br />There is no other British Film Company like Working Title<br />It is allowed freedom to make creative decisions but it is owned by a conglomerate<br />
    16. 16. Some key Working Title films:<br />
    17. 17. Some numbers:<br />4 or 5<br />The number of films Working Title produce each year<br />1<br />Number of ‘risk free films’ Working Title will invest in each year<br />2 <br />Number of mainstream films WT will invest in each year<br />2 <br />Will invest in projects they feel passionate about (which have risk factors involved)<br />
    18. 18. Some numbers:<br />95<br />Number of films made (to date) by Working Title<br />$4.5 billion<br />Amount of money made by these films<br />6<br />Number of Academy Awards won<br />26<br />Number of BAFTA Awards won<br />
    19. 19. Successful Relationships<br />Working Title make films with 3rd parties e.g. the Coen Brothers and people they know well and have built up a good working relationship with e.g. Richard Curtis<br />
    20. 20. Notable films<br />The Soloist<br />State of Play<br />The Boat That Rocked<br />Wild Child<br />Burn After Reading,<br />The Interpreter<br />About a Boy<br />Notting Hill<br />
    21. 21. Elizabeth<br />Fargo<br />Dead Man Walking<br />Bean<br />High Fidelity<br />Johnny English<br />Billy Elliot<br />Four Weddings and a Funeral<br />
    22. 22. Bridget Jones's Diary<br />Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason<br />O Brother, Where Art Thou?<br />Love Actually<br />Shaun of the Dead<br />Pride & Prejudice<br />Nanny McPhee<br />United 93<br />
    23. 23. What does Eric Fellner have to say?<br />Working Title focus on character and narrative (as opposed to action/ special effects etc.)<br />They often create films of cross-genres<br />Fellner feels the simple essence of a successful film is a really good screenplay and sense of humanity; that the most important thing is for the audience to identify and empathise with characters<br />
    24. 24. What does Eric Fellner have to say?<br />Working Title have aimed to create an industry that is exportable and global<br />There is an active aggressive industry in Hollywood that we can never compete with<br />What we should focus on is making films we believe in and exporting them<br />
    25. 25. What does Eric Fellner have to say?<br />We should dissipate the notion of the British Film Industry just being British<br />Instead we should work with home grown material and work with others to distribute, market etc<br />Characters should be fun and engaging; you should want to spend time with them (regardless of whether they’re simplistic or stereotypical)<br />This is the focus for Working Title, rather than trying to package films/ characters for American audiences<br />Fellner says that the British film industry is “thriving” and can ride out recessions <br />
    26. 26. Homework due Tuesday 25th May<br />Research a Working Title Film and prepare a presentation in groups (no more than 3) examining its patterns of production, distribution, exhibition and consumption by audiences. <br />http://www.workingtitlefilms.co.uk/<br />
    27. 27. Production<br />Original idea?<br />Book?<br />Franchise?<br />Casting?<br />Producers?<br />Directors?<br />Composer – music tie ins?<br />Screenwriters – other films?<br />Studio – genres the do best?<br />Blockbuster?<br />Locations?<br />Stars - A List or unknown?<br />
    28. 28. Distribution<br />How did the distributor market the film and who was the target audience?<br />Posters<br />Trailers<br />Websites<br />Release date and type of cinemas<br />The number of prints and scale and pattern of release eg wide release<br />Internet downloads, DVDs.<br />
    29. 29. ExhibitionExchange and consumption <br />In cinemas and at home<br />Screen release<br />DVD release<br />Rating?<br />Censorship?<br />Restrictions?<br />Film reviews<br />A commercial success?<br />Why?<br />Audience figures<br />Box office figures<br />Personal response<br />Sales figures for DVDs, CDs<br />Rising stars?<br />

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