The Film Business

SPARKS ~ the Power of Media to Ignite Change

SPARKS ~ VOL 5

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A Mini-Blog on the Power of Media to Ignite Change ​ INTERVIEW QUOTES Excerpts below are from the book Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change, by Tracey Friesen (released March 2016). This series of nuggets and links is designed to inspire those driven to connect art & activism.   STORY Question – In what ways are you…

SPARKS ~ the Power of Media to Ignite Change

SPARKS ~ VOL 3 ~ LATE FEB 2016

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INTERVIEW QUOTES Excerpts below are from the book Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change, by Tracey Friesen (released March 2016). This series of nuggets and links is designed to inspire those driven to connect art & activism.   STORY Question: What story ingredients do you think directors should try to hold sacred? Michelle van Beusekom…

SPARKS ~ the Power of Media to Ignite Change

SPARKS ~ VOL 2 ~ FEB 2016

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INTERVIEW QUOTES Excerpts below are from the book Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change, by Tracey Friesen. This series of nuggets and links is designed to inspire those driven to connect art & activism.   STORY Question: Is there one story element that for you is the most important? Elise Pearlstein (Participant Media): When I’m…

SPARKS ~ the Power of Media to Ignite Change

SPARKS ~ the Power of Media to Ignite Change

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INTERVIEW QUOTES – excerpts below from the book Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change, by Tracey Friesen   STORY Question: What to you are essential story ingredients for documentaries? Mark Achbar (The Corporation): I ask questions. Is it new? Are you telling me something I don’t already know? I’m always grateful for that. Are you…

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Anne Zeiser on Star Wars Marketing for HuffPo

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Anne Zeiser was on The Huffington Post this week to discuss the runaway success of Transmedia Marketing of the Star Wars brand. They also quoted from Anne Zeiser’s seminal text, Transmedia Marketing: From Film and TV to Games and Digital Media. Many successful digital and viral entertainment marketing campaigns develop content that first, creates mystery around a passion…

Atonement (2007), adapted from Ian McEwan’s novel by the same name and directed by Joe Wright

Interview with Tim Bevan of Working Title Films: What a film producer does

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The following is an excerpt from an interview with Tim Bevan featured in FilmCraft:Producing. In commercial terms, Working Title Films, the production company that Tim Bevan helped found and co-chairs, is the most successful UK outfit of its generation. From Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) to Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Notting Hill (1999), and…

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Ten Reasons Not to Go to Film School

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This is an excerpt from Film School: A Practical Guide to an Impractical Decision and is a rebuttal to a previously posted excerpt – Ten Reasons to Go to Film School.  This rebuttal is by Ryan Koo, Filmmaker and Founder, No Film School. As the founder of the filmmaking website No Film School, I should…

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Ten Reasons to Go to Film School

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Ten Reasons to Go to Film School The following is an excerpt from Film School: A Practical Guide to an Impractical Decision. This book is an extended inquiry into film school, its value, and how to benefit most from your time there. This question has become more acute in our current era, when many film…

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Ten Tricks and Traps of Producing

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Producing feature films is an occupation fraught with danger, mishaps and misfortune. As Shakespeare said: many a slip twixt cup and lip. Here are the ten areas where new producers trip up. 1. Measure Success by More Than a Theatrical Release The times are a-changin’. The costs and associated risk factor of releasing a film…

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Understanding the Business of Entertainment – Some Thoughts About Development Hell

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Once a project finds its way to a studio, network, cable channel or other major production company, the development process moves forward as scripts are written, analyzed, commented on (called notes) and rewritten. Executives give notes and either the original writer or a new writer continues work on the script. These days in film, it’s…

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