Jack Colegrove

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Discuss the issues and patterns which enables your institution to thrive as a film business with a focus on the production process In this essay I am going to look at two Films Company s and describe the certain techniques they use to advance in the British film industry. My essay will go into detail regarding the production process s that both Working title and Warp films work on, I will also compare there production process with that of Hollywood and outline any key differences between the companies to try and find out why Hollywood is so superior over the British film makers. The first company I am going to look at is Warp Films; this is a independent company which is a British owned an d run company. Warp films only employs fourteen full-time staff. It was founded in 1999, as well as making films, warp films are also known for making TV programs such as this is England 86. There is also a record label known as Warp, the main genre that W arp films make are social realistic, for example this is England. The second company I am going to look at is Working Title films, this is conglomerate company which means it is owned by a bigger company, the parent company for Working Title is Universal w hich is a giant film production company is the US. Working title mainly produce comic films that are designed for a British public, an example of one of there films is Hot Fuzz . Working title was founded in 1983. The first aspect that I am going to discu ss is the funding and the budgets of the companies, because Working title is a conglomerate and is owned by such a media giant, it has the capacity to secure major funding for there films for example, Hot Fuzz had a budget of over 8million, which is a big sum of money for a British production, but the big budget worked as they took in a total of $80,573,774. On the other hand, Warp films had a budget of only £1.5 for there film this is England which is a socially realistic film based on a child growing up in the skinhead culture during the 80 s. It was directed by Warp Films director Shane Meadows who earned a lot of praise for his work on the film. The part of the production process I am going to describe is the casting, again, Working title has the advantage of being owned by a big company so it is able to secure big names for there films, for example Hot Fuzz was Directed by

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Edgar Wright who also directed big hit Shaun of the Dead, and the cast of Hot Fuzz also contains big names, for example Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost, another big name in the film is Bill Nighy. Because of there big budget films, Working title are also liable to use A-list celebrities in there films such as, Matt Damonwho played the lead role in Working Title Film Green Zone also Jam ie Foxx, and Robert Downey Jr who played roles in The Soloist . This list of big name celebrities help Working Title to become a big name because if the public see s a popular actor that they like, advertising the film then it will make them want to see the film. In the case of Warp films they do not have a very big budget, nor do they have the awareness of the public, but this does not mean they cannot be successful, this is England was named one of the best films produced in Britain. And its lead role was played by child and first time actor Thomas turgoose, who was found by a talent scout working on the film, the film won critical acclaim which means that you do not need A -list celebrities and huge budgets to make a successful film. This is England was d irected by Shane Meadows who, at first was a small time director, but was made famous by This is England, Warp films secure there funding from NESTA, NESTA is a lottery funded financer and they ask for apitch of a film, and then give the money to Warp Films to produce a film. This an be very limiting and is not suitable for large companies such as Working Title who need big budgets in order to produce films that suit there genre. Editing for Working Title films requires a lot of budget as they produce action/comedy films. The action films they make require a lot of special affects, whereas a socially realistic film produced by Warp Films would not require a lot of special effects as they tend to focus, generally, on the Dramatic side, rather than being a ction packed, this is not to say that the films do not contain action- they do, but just not as much as Working Title films contain. In comparison to a Hollywood Giant such as Twentieth Century Fox who produced Avatar the budgets and the casts of Working T itle Films and Warp Films seem tiny, for example the average budget for a Working title film is in the region of 10million, Warp films around 1-2million, Avatar cost 500million dollars to create, which is a huge sum on of money. The majority of the money was spent on the filming and Special effects which was all done in 3D.

Jack Colegrove

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To conclude, Budget and casting plays a huge part in helping your company to thrive, because Hollywood giants have much bigger budgets that British produced films, they gain more recogn ition. But big budgets are not the only key to success in the film industry, as shown by this is england which was a relatively small budget film but was very succesful

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