This method of distribution is one of the more
profitable methods as a result of the
mainstream influence that cinemas. Despite
this cinemas are seeing a decline in
popularity due to the rise of more readily
available digital outlets such as download
websites that charge you significantly less
than a ticket to the cinema.
Resourcing actors to release a movie in
mainstream cinemas would also pose
problems as there needs to be an established
reputation with such resources available.
Instead my acting resources are very limited
and so mainstream cinema would be a
questionable choice of main distribution.
There is an element of efficiency however as
the movie will projected at the masses, but
practically it is unlikely that my movie would
be considered for this kind of distribution
Considering the limited resources available for
the production of my film, this method of
distribution acts as a practically more
As actors will be limited, they are not needed to
be professional for this kind of release meaning
that there will be much less trouble trying to
distribute the movie this way as opposed to
As a result of the limitations, this will have to
inspire more creativity in how the film is created
which independent cinemas more than
accommodate for as well as art houses. This
makes budget, actors, reputation and other
general resources effectively void as long as the
end result is effective.
These outlets also require little cost for
distribution and are often funded specifically to
showcase new films from new directors,
screenwriters or producers etc.
The only major drawback is that the audience
will be much more limited in comparison to a
The internet offers a multitude of outlets for
film, some of the larger names including
websites such as Netflix, YouTube, Play.com
and various built-in purchasable movie
platforms for smartphones.
Despite the huge amount of availability on the
internet there are drawbacks such as the
quality suffering on different outlets within the
internet as well as it being extremely low in
terms of profit prospects. Creativity and daring
material is however much more possible than
in a mainstream cinema and potentially even in
a an independent one.
Being one of, if not the, most popular method
of viewing films it is an extremely efficient and
effective method of distribution and the
potential audience is on par with mainstream
cinema or potentially more so which is perfect
for my film considering that it is limited in the
creative process to readily available resources.
Companies like Sky, Virgin, BBC or Film4 act
similarly to mainstream cinema in their style of
distribution but with some similarities to online
All three cater to the mass audience in the
mainstream where most households will contain
some form of televised entertainment whether it be
Freeview channels or television packages from the
likes of Sky or Virgin.
Sky and Virgin will offer movies to download
through purchase or for free depending on the
release date so there is potential for considerable
profits where as BBC and Film4 display televised
films with a schedule which can be considered a
less effective method due to the schedule not
targeting every lifestyle the mass audience may
Seeing as though this is a very expensive method
similarly to mainstream cinema, it does not come
without its drawbacks which in this case is very
limiting for my own film.