What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? Kiera Brown
Production companyA production company essentially helps to create the film-it assists in the budgeting, scheduling, scripting, castingand more. The company usually looks over the film fromwhen it‟s just an idea to the completion. They areresponsible for finding a director and the majority of actingtalent required. However, they are also responsible ifanything were to go wrong on the filming, for example anactor being injured or property being damaged. AnIndependent production company is a company such asArchers Mark. Independent film companies have lessmoney than major film companies as they are not as wellknown as major companies which therefore big films willnot hire them.Independent films are films that are made outside of majorstudios like 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers. Someindependent films are only shown in a select number oftheatres. Many people believe that independent films aremore creative and quirky than major films because theyare not mass- marketed so they are not made for aspecific audience. Also, independent films have a muchsmaller production budget than films from a major studio.On the other hand major film production companies arecompanies that own a lot of money which therefore havemore money to spend on things such as actors andsettings. Some major UK film production companies areon this websitehttp://www.televisual.com/blog-detail/The-UKs-top-40-film-production-companies_bid-356.html
Production company logoThis is my production company logo I have created for myfilm opening. I have chosen to use the screaming facesilhouette as it relates to my film genre.The name"scream team" is very catching and memorable which iswhy I have chosen to use it. The screaming faceresembles peoples reaction to the type of film myproduction company will make (which is mainly horror.) Ihave used a shadow font to make the title look moreeffective. Also I have chosen to have the production namein red as it resembles blood which is a typical conventionof horror films. Also I have used only one picture on thelogo as other major film company logos have only usedone image so it doesnt look overcrowded and notmemorable. I will add this logo into my film opening toshow the target audience who has made the film and I willmost likely have it shown at the start of my opening as thisis typically what happens in other film openings. Below ihave given examples of other film companies. I have takentheir idea of using a black background as it stands outmore than the other company logos. I have used thetypical dark background like the companies below so thatthe text and image stands out. Also i have taken their ideaof using a short and snappy title for my production logo soit is memorable.
Film distributionA film distributor is a company or individual responsiblefor the marketing of a film. The distributor may set therelease date of a film and the method by which a film isto be exhibited or made available for viewing. Adistributor may do this directly, if the distributor owns thetheaters or film distribution networks, or throughtheatrical exhibitors and other sub-distributors. A limiteddistributor may deal only with particular products, suchas DVDs or Blu-ray, or may act in a particular country ormarket. The standard release routine for a movie isregulated by a business model called "release windows".The release windows system was first conceived in theearly 80s, on the brink of the home entertainmentmarket, as a strategy to keep different instances of amovie from competing with each other,[allowing themovie to take advantage of different markets (cinema,home video, TV, etc.) at different times.In the standard drill, a movie is first released throughmovie theatres (theatrical window), then, afterapproximately 16 and a half weeks, it is released to DVD(entering its video window). After an additional number ofmonths it is released to Pay TV and VOD services andapproximately two years after its theatrical release date,it is made available for free-to-air TV.
Momentum picturesThe film distribution company that I would use for my film would be Momentum Pictures. Momentum Pictures (also known as Alliance Films UK and formerly Alliance Communications UK and Alliance Atlantis UK) is one of the leading independent motion picture distributors in the UK and Ireland. It releases approximately 20 theatrical films a year, with several dtv releases. Momentum pictures is a well known film distribution company around the world. They are well known for making horror movies. Recently that have made a film named “Sinister” which is in the genre. It has been quoted by famous critics that it is one of the best horror movies to ever be filmed. This is one of the main reasons I would pick this company as they have previously created famous horror movies. A lot of their horror films they have previously distributed have made a lot of money which is another reason why they would be a good company to distribute my film. Some of the films that they have distributed in the same genre as my film are, Sinister, The Woman in Black, House at the End of the Street and Grindhouse. I have chosen to use a major film company as they are well known and can get the film to be known world wide.
FundingAll films are funded by different ways. My film will befunded by the BFI. The BFI was founded in 1933. Theyare a charity governed by a Royal Charter. They combinecultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together theBFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, filmdistribution, exhibition at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX,publishing and festivals. They award Lottery funding tofilm production, distribution, education, audiencedevelopment and market intelligence and research. Theysupport filmmakers in the UK who are emerging or world-class and are capable of creating distinctive andentertaining work. They have £15 million a year to investacross the development, production and completion offeature films. Being supported by the BFI means morethan just being given funding. It means that your projectcan be assisted at every step of the journey by their team,who can offer advice and practical help with many aspectsof developing and producing your film. They welcomeapplications for all kinds of film - from commercialmainstream to experimental, from genre movies topersonal stories, from documentaries to animation to live-action fiction.
Film TitlesI have added in titles to my film opening as it is atypical generic convention of any genre film. Nomatter what genre the film is you will definitely seetitles in the film opening. Film titles are there toinform the audience about who was involved in theproduction and distribution stages of that film. Ihave presented the titles in my film opening byusing a black background with red and whitewriting over the top. I did this because it looksmore professional than “swirly” font writing. Also Ididn‟t use eye catching fonts because it wouldn‟t fitin with my genre. I used a more creative font forthe actual title of my film as it is the main title in myfilm opening. I learnt that certain fonts don‟t fit inwith the horror genre by looking at previous horrormovies and copying what types of fonts they haveused.A title from my film.
Influential filmsThere have been many different films that haveinfluenced in the production of my horror films. Iwatched a range of horror movies before creating myopening sequence to see what could give me ideaswhen creating my film. One of the main films thatplayed a major role in influencing my film is „Orphan.‟ Ihave used their idea of using a young girl butchanging the fact she will be the victim in my film notthe villain. Using a young girl immediately grabs yourattention because it is unusual to see someone youngin a horror movie. I have also taken their costumeideas. I have dressed my victim in similar clothes thegirl in Orphan would wear at night time. My film hasalso had influence from the film House of Wax. I haveused their idea of using a stereotypical “dumb blonde”to be the victim. I have done this because theaudience will known in advance that because she isthe stereotypical “dumb blonde” that she will die andtherefore can look away if they are squeamish.