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What kind of media institution might distribute your media products and why?

Media Studies AS - Evaluation

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What kind of media institution might distribute your media products and why?

  1. 1. WHAT KIND OF MEDIA INSTITUTIONS MIGHT DISTRIBUTE YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT? Question three – Media Studies AS
  2. 2. WHAT IS A ‘FILM DISTRIBUTION’? !  Film distribution is a process of making a movie available for viewing, by an audience. !  Films can be distributed through; Movie Theatre (Cinema), Televisions, DVD or to download. !  Film Distribution companies include: Paramount Pictures, Solar Pictures, Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate – these are a small selection I picked out.
  3. 3. During my research into genre and opening sequences I looked at ‘Psycho’ (1960), ‘Silence of the Lambs’ (1991) and ‘Insidious’ (2010). I decided it would be important to look at the companies that distributed these films, considering they were same genre and had similar features to our media product.
  4. 4. PARAMOUNT PICTURES !  ‘Paramount Pictures’ in the main film distributor for ‘Psycho’. !  ‘Paramount Pictures’ is a motion picture film company and has its film studio in Hollywood, California, United States. !  It is one of the worlds largest film companies and has also been running for over 100 years.
  5. 5. ORION PICTURES !  ‘Orion Pictures’ is the main distributor for ;Silence of the Lambs’ !  It was an American distribution company that produced and released films from 1978 until 1999. !  Orion Pictures was never a large distribution company however it was still highly recognized within Hollywood.
  6. 6. FILMDISTRICT !  Filmdistricts first release was ‘Insidious’ in co- production with Alliance Films, Stage 6 Films and IM Global; UK distribution by Momentum Pictures !  FilmDistrict was an American independent motion picture company based in Los Angeles. !  FilmDistrict acquired and released between four and eight wide release, commercial titles per year.
  7. 7. BRITISH FILM DISTRIBUTORS The film distribution companies, that distributed the films we researched were all American - although some of these companies are large and well known it is important to also look at British film distributors. The Film Distributors’ Association (FDA) is the trade body of the UK’s theatrical film distributors.
  8. 8. ARTIFICIAL EYE !  Specialises in high-quality world cinema and arthouse movies and rarely buys British. In the past 30 years it has released more Cannes Film Festival winners than any other UK distributor. !  Titles include: Three Colours Trilogy, Hidden, Welcome To The Dollhouse !  UK titles include: Orlando, Land & Freedom !  www.artificial-eye.com
  9. 9. ENTERTAINMENT !  The largest independent distributor in the UK, Entertainment has had a relationship with US mini-studio New Line for many years. It also releases mainstream UK fare, both theatrically and via Entertainment-in-Video. !  Titles include: Rush Hour, Brokeback Mountain, The Departed !  UK titles include: Stormbreaker, St Trinian's
  10. 10. LIONSGATE UK !  Lionsgate is a California-based independent producer and distributor. In 2005 it acquired UK- based distributor Redbus Films, renaming the company Lionsgate UK. The company is strong on horror, documentaries and foreign language pics. !  Titles include: Requiem For A Dream, Monster's Ball, Crash !  UK titles include: The Descent, Pierrepoint !  www.lionsgatefilms.co.uk
  11. 11. WHO SHOULD DISTRIBUTE OUR MEDIA PRODUCTION? In my opinion I think that for a small, independent film like ours, a British Distribution company would be the best. Lionsgate UK, specialise in horror productions, like our own and therefore this would be a suitable choice. However if we wanted to look into distributing our film with a major company I believe Paramount pictures would be most suited, not only did they help distribute ‘Psycho’ they also distributed Paranormal Activity which links very closely to our media production.
  12. 12. WHY? I believe it is important to look at the films companies have distributed . It gives you an insight into what companies specialise in. Realistically our media production would be distributed by a small, independent British company. This is why I believe Lionsgate UK would suit our product. This company have produced similar films to our own, in terms of genre – horror. Therefore our film may be recognised as a horror more clearly due to the company. It is also a well known company throughout the UK. Therefore would help to widen the audience of British Horror Films.
  13. 13. HOW WOULD WE DISTRIBUTE OUR MEDIA PRODUCT? Personally, distributing our product into movie theater/cinema first would be the correct option. From then we would gain publicity and create a talking point about British films. It could then become are large franchise and would be available to buy on DVD and to Download online. It could also be shown on Television further down the line in order for it to gain further publicity and target new audiences.

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