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Media Essay - Film Production

Media Essay - Film Production

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Discuss the issues and patterns which enable your institution to thrive as a film businesswith a focus on the production processIn my essay I am going to look at the similarities and differences between British and American films giving examples of µWorking Title¶ productions and µWarp Films¶ independentproductions, to see how each thrive as a film business. There will be significant differenceswithin my work but also some similarities within the main sections of making the films. Wehave done previous work on Working Title and Warp Films productions as a class, so I willinclude my findings from that within this essay.For a film to be successful it is ideal to have a well known famous producer and director, theproducer is the centre of everything about a film. The producer has to have the original ideaand is in control of all the costs involved in the making of a film, the idea of visualising a filmbut then trusting the cinematographer and director to put your ideas into action is a bigresponsibility. If something goes wrong whilst filming the producer immediately takes theblame as they have the ideas and script in their hands. The role of the producer is to inspirethe director with their ideas so they can develop them further, they must hire the correct styleof director and cinematographer for the genre of film. Most directors think that the developingof the film, followed by raising money or find funding for the sponsor of the film.The package of the film involves who will star in it, how it will be made and what productionteam will be used. The cast in a Hollywood film would be A-list actors and actresses, for example µPirates of the Caribbean¶ starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and OrlandoBloom, this is an excellent A-list cast for a successful film. How the film will be madedepends entirely on the thoughts of the producer, American companies base their ideasaround the budget and the target audience and think ahead about release dates and whichcinemas the film will be shown in. This differs very much to the thought track of most Britishproduction companies, they choose to go straight ahead with the making of the film andhave the budget in the back of their mind, just in case they happen to go over the limit. For the production team it is vital to make the script match the chosen cast, the actor has to besimilar or have similar interests to the character they¶re playing, this is crucial for the roles tobe convincing.Investing in films is easy for huge companies like µUniversal Studios¶ or µDreamworks¶because they supply their own funding from their earnings of previous successful films. Thisis harder for small companies such as Warp Films as they have to find funding for themselves, whether it¶s from the National Lottery or Tax Schemes; however this meansthey have much lower budget films than Hollywood. This affects the popularity of their filmsand causes their name to be less well known, the most famous production they made wasµThis is England ¶86¶, but this name is only well known recently because a new Channel 4series called µThis is England¶ so the majority of people in the UK from the age of 16 to 50will know about this series.The plan of a film is simple for most producers as they think in the same way, usually theproduction team want to get the hardest scenes to film out of the way first of all. Whether thisis because of location, actors or props they narrow down the hardest scenes and producethem first. After deciding which scenes to film first the producer chooses the appropriate castfor the character list, this is down to the dialogue and body language and visual appearanceof a character description. The cinematographer plays a key role in production as they haveto put the producers¶ ideas and the directors¶ instructions onto the camera in the best visual

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