Category Archives: Research

Your ‘Rate of Learning’ is at its highest as an entrepreneur

One of the key insights coming out of my thesis is this notion that other tangible benefits are the drivers for filmmakers as opposed to just monetary benefits. The term ‘psychic income‘ is often used to describe this
Psychic income is the personal or subjective benefits, rewards, or satisfactions derived from a  job or undertaking as separate from objective or financial ones.

I came across this new term on LinkedIn this afternoon- the ‘ROL’  or the Rate of Learning Definition: Rate-of-learning is the velocity at which you are aggregating new insights and deploying them in ways that build value.

This article by Kyle Tibbits for demonstrates that the most valuable compensation for working at a startup as opposed to a “normal job” is a dramatically higher rate-of-learning (ROL)

Do read the article but this diagram provides a neat summation. The phrase ‘you cant buy experience’ is well known and there is something to be said about just going ahead and making the film happen.

rate of learning


Research – Hearts and Minds by Screen Australia

Hearts & Minds explores how and why Australians engage with local screen  stories on both television and film.
What is the role of local content in the screen diets of Australian viewers?
And more broadly, what is its cultural value?
What role does it play in the formulation of national identity?
How does it build towards a sense of belonging and participation?

All this and more is presented in a 28 page report by Screen Australia, developed as part of The Mind and Mood Report at IPSOS Australia.

Kim Dalton provided this keynote speech at the Dollars, Hearts and Mind conference in June 2013 elaborating on some of the key findings.

Hearts and Minds front cover

Research – Stephen Follows ‘2014 Film Industry Survey ‘

One of the benefits of doing a thesis is that it forces you to research your sector and you come across new thought leaders. Stephen Follows is one such commentator I didn’t know of and now I always look forward to his emails in my InBox.

So I hope you find his 2014 Film industry Survey as interesting as I do. download the whole
There is alot ot take in here but I thought this element was particularly of interest

Stephen Follows 2014 Film Industry Survey

Here is the Executive Summary
Thank you for reading the full results of my 2014 Film Industry Survey
On my blog I explore data and statistics within the film industry. This started as sharing existing public
statistics but quickly grew to include the gathering of new data.

The film industry is heavily influenced by shifting opinions, so I thought it would be fascinating to take its
temperature on a number of hot topics including piracy, the appeal of 3D, gender, and how optimistic
industry professionals are for 2014.

I contacted a cross-section of industry professionals and asked them questions on a variety of topics. My full methodology is outlined at the end of this report.

As with all my research, my aim is not to prove a particular point but to see what interesting results the data provides.

Some of these results confirm the conventional wisdom while others challenge it. I am looking forward to seeing how film professionals, pressure groups and journalists respond to these results.

If you would like to know more, offer help/advice on future research or to just drop me a line, I can be reached at

It’s always nice to hear from people who enjoy or use my research. I am also open to new collaborations and commercial projects.

Enjoy the results,
Stephen Follows

Research – SPA Briefing Document – Industry Overview 2013

In March 2014, Screen Producers Australia released a briefing paper called ‘Industry Overview 2013’ which compiles recent information about the industry, including a table of fast facts.

Data includes economic contribution, production characteristics, participation and performance, cultural impact, spending and advertising and productivity trends.

Please download the report form the Screen Producers Australia website

Where’s the audience for Australian films?

Rebecca Mostyn is the Research Manager, Production and Industry at Screen Australia and has been a great help to me and this thesis.
In January 2014, Rebecca wrote this great article for The Conversation on ‘Where’s the audience of Australian films?
There is some robust discussion in the comments at the bottom of the article as well.

Around 25 new Australian feature films are released into the market each year – so who’s watching them, when and how are they watching, and what makes them choose home-grown films over imported blockbusters?

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Survey – How many Australian films have you seen?

A great quiz from Jenna Guillaume at Buzz feed can be found here.
Your budding reporter scored a rather poor 53 out of 165 but in defence I’ve only lived here for 15years. That counts doesn’t it!
It did remind me what great films Candy, Dirty Deeds and Two Hands were – must re-watch them again. And its time to watch some of the classics.

how many aussie movies


Forget talent and intelligence – Grit gets you success

Talent and intelligence will get you only so far. The key ingredient to success, says Duckworth, is grit. It’s that special something that keeps certain people dedicated to their goal (whether it involves their studies, their projects, their clients, or something else) for the long haul, determined to accomplish what they set out to do. It’s a fascinating concept—one that recently won Duckworth a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant. 

This is a fascinating article on Angela Duckworth by Laura W Geller in Strategy and Business

angela duckworth

Angela Duckworth is the creator of The Grit Survey, which I came across during one of our modules on our Masters. We had to complete a survey at Authentic Happiness, the initiative developed by Dr Martin Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and founder of positive psychology, a branch of psychology which focuses on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths based characters and healthy institutions.

The Grit Survey, asesses the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals (Duckworth, Peterson, Matthews, & Kelly, 2007) and so of course similar to perseverance. The Grit Survey consists of 22 questions which the respondent answers by rating themselves ‘Not at all like me / A little like me / Somewhat like me / Mostly like me / Very much like me’ so a  variation on the common 1-5 Leikert scale.

Take the test here

Here is my Grit Score: I think I have a bit of work to do!

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