Category Archives: Funding

Video: Metroscreen ‘Screen 2030: Making Content Pay’

Those good folk at Metroscreen put on a great event called Screen 2030: Making Content Pay and also produced this accompanying video, which gives a great insight into the future of content. The video includes my fellow Masters student Marcus Gillezeau, and Ester Harding who is in the year below me. And I’ve also worked with Galvin, Louise and Tim so lots of familiar faces in here.

Published on 11 Jun 2014
SCREEN 2030: MAKING MY CONTENT PAY
An exploration of the future careers of content makers by some of the screen and media industry’s key thinkers, discussing the issues of changing audiences and distribution for screen content.

Metro Screen looks ahead to the next 10-15 years and asks the big questions: What will the screen industry look like in 2030 and will a creative screen career pay the rent?

Featuring
Georgie McClean, Senior Manager of Strategy, Research and Communications at Screen Australia
Mark Pesce, futurist (Moore’s Cloud)
Marcus Gillezeau, digital producer (Firelight Productions)
Mike Jones, writer (Portal Entertainment)
Louise O’Donnell, writer/producer (Hoodlum)
Sandy George, media commentator
Peter Giles, educator, developer and producer (2and2)
Galvin Scott Davis (Protein One)
Ester Harding, documentary producer (Storm Surfers 3D, I Am a Girl, Goa Hippy Tribe)

Hosted by Tim Parsons

Produced by Metro Screen’s Digital Kitchen
Financed in association with Screen New South Wales
©Metro Screen 2014

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Article: IndieWire – “Hot Docs: 9 Tips On How To Make Your First Documentary” by Marshall Curry

Delighted to see this article by one of my Originators, Marshall Curry, expanding on some of the topics we discussed at our Panel Session at DocWeek back in February.

Below is the first paragraph, and then Marshall proceeds to give 9 excellent tips that will help all of us, whether you are a doco or feature filmmaker, in developing your project.
Read the full article here, published in IndieWire on April 30th 2014 in an article by Paula Bernstein.

You’ve got a great story idea for a documentary, but aren’t sure how to pursue it. Today at Hot Docs in Toronto, Academy-Award nominated documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry, who is at Hot Docs with his latest project “Point and Shoot,” moderated a panel discussion featuring first-time filmmakers with films screening at Hot Docs: Amar Wala (“The Secret Trial 5,”) William Westaway (“Writer With No Hands”) and Clare Young (“From the Bottom of the Lake”). 

While the focus of the panel was on creative and funding challenges, Curry steered the discussion to provide helpful hints for aspiring documentary directors in the audience wondering how they can get their project off the ground.

Enjoy.

Quote: Sylvester Stallone, his dog and the making of Rocky.

Whatever you think of Sly, you will think differently of him when you read this interesting article in Tickld. on the story of how Rocky, which Stallone wrote and produced, got made, and how Stallone stuck to his principles.

rocky balboa

 

Films – Seduced and Abandoned

Another film that features many of the themes I am pursuing is Seduced and Abandoned in which James Toback and Alex Baldwin film their trip to Cannes to secure development and funding for a film concept. This looks very funny due to the personalities of Toback and Baldwin, but I fear may be rather depressing if talent of their calibre find it so hard to secure production support, then there is little hope for the rest of us.
Despite being featured on At The Movies last week, its not released yet in Australia or online after a brief search. I look forward to watching it as I am sure all filmmakers can learn a thing or two in developing our projects.

Seduced and Abandoned is a 2013 documentary film directed by James Toback. The film details the journey of Toback and actor Alec Baldwin, as they try to sell a film concept at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. Taking part in several pitch sessions with producers as well as interviews with directors and actors, the duo explore the film production aspect of film financing. The film premiered at the festival a year later on May 20, 2013.

Interview with Margaret Pomeranz At theMovieshttp://www.abc.net.au/atthemovies/txt/s3768232.htm

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2402179/
Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seduced_and_Abandoned_(2013_film)