3. What kind of media
distribute your media
product and why?
What is a production company? What
do they do?
Before making the film, the producers or directors can go to a institution
to pitch their film idea and they could ask if the institution would fund
for the project. A production company is a company that distributes a
media product for audience consumption. It essentially helps to create
the film – it assists in scripting, casting, budgeting, scheduling and more.
They are responsible for finding a suitable director and the majority of
acting talent required as well as the suppliers (for resources needed
throughout the whole production). Also, if anything were to go wrong on
the film, such as an actor being injured or property being damaged, the
production company are responsible for this and are expected to rectify
and fix the issue. Normally, production companies would work with a
media conglomerate and they are essential as they act as the production
company’s partner. Examples of production companies are: Summit
Entertainment, Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures etc.
Why have you chosen your
production company logo?
My group members and I have created my production company logo like
so because we think that it fits in well with the genre; drama, as we
chose a very few number of colours to be involved, a simple design, and
a message behind it; the arrow symbolising ‘moving forward’. In
addition, the font of ‘BLUE ARROW’ is quite curly and this can portray
the twisted relationships included in a drama film. We had also
compared our logo to other production company logos that produce
drama films and ours was very similar to theirs. For example, in the
production company logo of ‘SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT’, their
background was plain making the image and text stand out, and it was
a simple design. We named our production company logo ‘BLUE ARROW’
because it was a simple and easy name to remember. It is written in
capitals and the size of it on the logo is big so it can catch the attention
of the audience.
What is the job of a film distributor?
A film distributor is often an independent company, who
handles the distribution and marketing of the film on DVDs and
movies in the cinema. They also choose how to distribute the
film after a film release, for example, downloading / online
streaming, DVDs and Blu-rays and TV.
The role of a film distributor is to ensure that as many people
as possible go and see the film, and to ensure that the film is
internationally well known. They too need to provide the
audience with access to the film.
Once the production of the film has been completed, the film
distributors can begin their work on the film’s release strategy.
After, they will secure the screening of the films within
cinemas. Then, the distributors will attempt to create a buzz
surrounding the film’s release.
Which film distributor would you choose
for your film and why? What other films
have they distributed that are similar to
The film distributor we have chosen for our film is 20th Century
Fox. This is because they have released a number of drama (and
romance) films and therefore they would be the most suitable
company for us. They are a popular film studio that have
distributed various commercially successful film series, such as
Ice Age. Also, they are a trusted and experienced company that
release films internationally. Some of the drama (and romance)
films they have released include Titanic, Romeo + Juliet,
Revolutionary Road, and The Notebook.
How would your film be funded?
I would hope that our film would be funded by the British Film
Institute as they could provide us with some money so that
when it comes to the production of our film, we wouldn’t be
having any financial problems. Also, the money could help us to
disperse our film in the UK. The charitable organisation was set
up in 1933 and it develops and promotes film production,
distribution, education and audience development in the UK.
They provide help to support film makers with issues such as
investments and help film makers who have the capability of
creating a successful and entertaining piece of work.
Titles – why do you need them? How
have you presented them?
It is a necessary of any film opening to include titles. The
people that were involved in the production of our film need
to be mentioned as they had important roles and needed to
be acknowledged. Our titles were presented by fading into
the shots and having enough screen time for the viewers to
read and understand and then they appeared off the screen
by fading out. They were presented on the bottom right
hand side and the colour of our titles were white with a thin
outline consisting of black. The font was medium sized and
it looked professional and mature as it was simple yet
effective. This was so it was read easily and understood
easily as it stood out quite clearly.
What films have influenced you from
the industry and why?
Titanic is a film that has influenced me and my group members. There
are some similarities between Titanic and our film Beautiful Tragedy
from which have been influenced by Titanic. They are both of the
same genre; drama (and romance) and both storylines are similar; a
rich girl falls in love with a poor boy, who then dies before they can
have their happy ever after. Beside the romance between the
characters, other factual issues were happening in both storylines,
such as in Titanic, the ship started to sink, and in our film Beautiful
Tragedy, there were racial issues happening due to slavery. In
addition, the personalities of the characters from Titanic have had an
impact on the personalities of the characters in Beautiful Tragedy. For
example, Rose (from Titanic) and Caterina (from Beautiful Tragedy)
are both strong minded and independent. This film has influenced us
because initially, our storyline that we created was somehow already
similar to Titanic and once we realised that, we decided to base some
parts of the story on how it was in Titanic.