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Production Company and Film DistributionPresentation Transcript
Production Companies and Film Distributers
A production company is responsible for physical production of any sort of media products: new media, performing arts, film, radio or a television program. It may also be directly responsible for raising money for the production or may accomplish this through an emissary. What is a Production company?
Production companies can either be small companies or larger ones, selling their products to a film studio, presenting it at a theatrical venue and in case of film and television, it may be the studio itself.
Some of the British Production Companies are BBC Films, Aardman Animations, DNA Films, Eagle-Lion Films, Film4 Productions, Vertigo Films and so on.
For our media project, we initiated a new production company and named it LucidDreams Productions. We chose the name ‘Lucid Dreams’ (which means a dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming) because it sort of fitted with our thriller idea project- surrealistic and bizarrely interesting. Our Production Company
We designed the company logo (or rather the font and the animation) in After Effect and chose and edited sounds that go quite well with it.
A film distributor can be either a company or an individual responsible for releasing films to the public . This is done either theatrically or for home viewing (DVD, Video-On-Demand, Download, Television etc.). A distributor (if theatres or distribution networks are owned) can do this directly and if not, it does so through theatrical exhibitors and other sub-distributors. Film Distributors
Some of the British Film Distributors are Entertainment Film Distributors, General Film Distributors , Dogwoof Pictures and so on.
Film distributor for ‘Wraith’ Our film is set in Britain and we would want a British film distribution company (preferably one based in London) to distribute our thriller movie. General Film Distributors (which is based in London) has distributed and sold over 400 mainstream films. The GFD business model includes the acquisition of not only DVD sales rights, but other areas such as Video-On-Demand, DVD rental, mobile phones, pay TV and Internet downloads.
We believe GFD would be interested in our film because it is based on an interesting concept which is popular among people. The film would probably be sold in DVD and made available for internet downloads rather than showing them in theatre because this is how GFD distributes movies. (However, it would be possible to show it in rented theatres.)
From BBFC, we are hoping to get the age certificate of 15 because out target audience is over that age. The film would also contain frequent strong language and portrayal of drug use as well as some sexual activity. The funding for our film was given by UK Film Council before the company closed down on 31st March this year.
Titles We did some research on opening title sequence of movies like Se7en, Ginger Snaps and Catch Me if You Can. We noticed the order in which the names and the time duration they are shown for. It starts with Production Company name(s) and then the director> main actors>Film title> Casting crew>costume designer> Score writers> editors>cameraperson>storyboard artists and so on. At the end, the producer’s and director’s name are shown once again.
Different font sizes are used to show importance of the person as opposed to their role and to show who’s more ‘important’ if they share the screen. Names are usually shown for about 2 to 3 seconds depending on their role positions but some names could be shown up to 6 seconds.