Tuesday, 29 April 2014

25. Budget


Title: E4 ident

Client: E4

Writer: Laurence






Manfrotto 161MK2B Tripod
£   384.00

£   449.99

Male 1 , Male 2





Editing software: Final Cut 


TOTAL: £2,283

Contingency @10% of Budget

Total Budget


Ben Davis

Thursday, 24 April 2014

5. Slumdog Millionaire Case study

Slumdog Millionaire: Global Film?

Read the case study on Slumdog Millionaire and answer the following questions:

  1. Explain where the storyline for the film came from. Give examples.
The storyline came from Vikram Swarup, an Indian diplomat in London. He is the author of the Slumdog Millionaire novel. Then Simon Beaufoy read the book and decided to make a screenplay, thinking that it would be successful. Danny Boyle then saw that the well known screenplay writer Simon Beaufoy wrote it and he decided to take on the mantle of becoming the films director.

  1. List the ways in which Simon Beaufoy changed the story. Explain why this was done.  
 Beaufoy changed the central character to being a muslim and one of two brothers from a Mumbai slum. His name was changed to Jamal. In the novel the character is an orphan brought up in an English clergyman's house in Delhi. A number of the subplots are removed to make the main story clearer. And the romance aspect is more dominant and runs across the whole storyline.

  1. How did Tessa Ross and Christian Colson arrange funding?
 To arrange the funding Ross and Colson had to first establish the rights to use the 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' name and content in the film. After they achieved that they could then sell the distribution rights to companies in the UK and Ireland.

  1. Explain the term ‘Bollywood’ (p. 165/168)
 Bollywood is a popular cinema made in Hindi, the official language of India, understood by about 40% of the population. 

  1. What was the impact of Warner Bros closing it’s ‘specialist’ film labels on the distribution of Slumdog Millionaire? How was this resolved? (p. 166)
The impact on Slumdog Millionaire was that the films future was thrown into doubt. It meant that the film may be pushed straight to DvD in North America which would drastically decrease the films popularity.

  1. Slumdog Millionaire is not a Hollywood film. Explain how it has been caught between Hollywood and Bollywood. (p. 167-170)
Many viewers think it it a British film, this is because of how successful the film had become which was completely accidental. The film appealed to both audiences of Bollywood and Hollywood so it succeeds in both markets and then around the world.

  1. In your opinion, what made Slumdog Millionaire a successful film? Discuss pre-production, production, distribution and exhibition.
I think that the film was so successful because of the touching storyline that everybody could relate to. The production was filmed in India with the majority of the crew being Indian. This meant that the relationship between the crew and the actors, who were also Indian, could thrive and the acting from them excel. The distribution of the film was from Fox Searchlight, which is a huge Hollywood distribution company, so the sales of the film would be higher.

Friday, 4 April 2014

7. Media Job Advert

Motion Designer / Animator

Employer: FinalCut Wizards
Posted: 5/8/2013
Contact: Ben Davis
Location: London
Industry: Design , Media - Creative , 
               Media - Animation ,
               Media - B2B
Function: IT
Level: Experienced
Contract: Permanent
Hours: Full Time
Salary: 40k (DOE)

We are seeking a Motion Designer / Animator to join a leading independent agency who sit at the forefront of the creative sector. Working alongside some of the world’s most interesting brands you will provide the essential motion design skills on projects spanning TV, advertising, digital and much more.

To qualify...  Experienced in Post Production as a Motion Graphics Artist / Motion Graphics Designer / Broadcast Designer / Video Designer / Animator or similar you’re CV and showreel should highlight:
  • High level of experience with After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, Flash or 3D / C4D Modelling;
  • A self-motivated attitude;
  • A driven attitude to create original work;
  • That you are great team player with the ability to share ideas;
  • An inspiration to your peers and everyone you work with;
  • You are extremely hard working – this is not a 9-5!
  • A great sense of humour and can banter with the wider team;
  • You are up for it – pitch time can be stressful and difficult but needs individuals that will rise to the occasion;
  • You have plenty of ideas and can share and brainstorm by contributing to all projects;
  • Excellent QC / technical knowledge;
  • Experience working well with production and can work to deadlines.

Mobile Games Head of Sales

Employer: MoblieGames
Posted: 7/5/2013
Contact: Ben Davis
Location: London
Industry: Media - Games , 
  Marketing & PR - Marketing Agency
Function: Sales
Level: Management
Contract: Permanent
Hours: Full Time
Salary: £60000 - £65000 Per Annum.

This company offer a portal improvement acquisition and retention improvement service to major online game publishers globally. They have a proven track record in their services advancing and offering hugely beneficial growth in terms of Acquisition and UA performance.

It will be beneficial if you are well connected within the mobile games market and have knowledge of routes to market in terms of mobile publisher connections.
Aside from this you will be asked to:
  • Overview the full publisher portfolio and growth within the mobile division.
  • Drive and motivate the team to perform in terms of sales targets and set strategy based KPIs to report to the VP of Marketing.
  • Be focused on the team performing at optimum potential in terms of growth and penetration of the mobile market.

10. Contracts Table

8. Qualification and Experience

1) Film Producer

There are no set qualifications for the grade of Producer, but by having a degree in something like film making then that comes with the qualification of the degree and the experience of making a film and the paperwork. Also experience needed or that would help to get a job with film producing would be something along the lines of being a runner, although this isn't the most challenging job or relevant to producing but it offers experience of working behind the scenes of a movie. You then learn the ins and outs of how things work.

Key skills that would help in acquiring this job are things like organisation, dedication and a good sense of marketing.

2) Prop Maker/Designer

Qualifications that would help become a Prop Maker/Designer include:

  • BTEC Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Production Arts
  • BTEC Level 4 HNC and Level 5 HND in Performing Arts (Production)
  • A degree or foundation degree in set design or prop making
  • A drama school diploma in stage design or technical theatre (see the Drama UK website for details of approved courses).

However, these are not 100% necessary, your personal talent and capability to do the job well is more important to a Prop Design employer.

Experience that you gain from something like this when you are starting out include things like improving your skill at making props. You may be able to receive apprenticeship-style training at the start of your career from new entrant training schemes occasionally run by the BBC, regional screen agencies or media training organisations. This will further develop your skill level and give you an opening into the industry.

Key skills that are required for this job type are generally of the art type, so things like drawing, sewing and any form of art construction. A creative mind is imperative in this line of work and can be very difficult without this.

3) Animator

To become an animator, you will need skills in drawing, modelling or using computer animation packages. Some animators are self-taught, but many start by taking an animation or art-related course to develop their skills before looking for work. So qualifications that will help get you into the business will be things like:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Computer Programming
  • Modal making or sculpture
  • 3D Design
  • Maths or Physics
  • Multimedia design.
Previous experience needed for an employer to see how talented you are is usually shown on a 'showreel' which is a DvD or online portfolio to show your experience and previous work.

Some skills that would help within this job would be things like a creative mind, being able to adapt to a directors needs. Knowing how to use a wide variety of animation softwares for the creation of films and television programmes. Also you need to be patient and able to wait for something, rather than having everything right there in front of you.

4) Video Editor

Employers will be more interested in your technical skills and personal qualities, such as common sense and initiative, than your formal qualifications. The key is to gain as much experience as you can weather or not it is paid or unpaid. By gaining extra experience you will be showing the employer what you can do and normally you would need a DvD or online portfolio, similar to the animator, to show your skills.

Qualifications that would help you get into the industry of Video Editing include:

  • City & Guilds Level 1, 2 and 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Media Techniques
  • BTEC Level 3 Certificates and Diplomas in Creative Media Production
  • BTEC HNDs, degrees and postgraduate courses.
These will help you along the way and perhaps open various doors and opportunities but overall the experience you have is much more valuable in this line of work.

5) TV or Film Camera Operator

Employers will be more interested in your technical skills and practical experience than your qualifications.  Many camera operators take a college or university course to develop the necessary skills before looking for work. Courses include:

  • City & Guilds Diploma (7501) in Media Techniques (Level 1, 2 and 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Media Techniques (7601) from September 2010)
  • BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Media Production
  • BTEC HNC/HND in Media (Moving Image)
  • degrees in media production, media technology or photography
  • trainee courses run by the GBCT (camera guild).
They do these courses because, along with the qualification, they get the necessary experience from the work they will do during the course. The most useful courses offer practical experience and may include work placements.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

13. Methods of Recruitment.

Methods of recruitment include:

1) National Press - Normally newspapers have a section with job opportunities ranging from office work to more creative based jobs. A particular example would be The Guardian which offers a wide range of job availabilities from the arts to an office job. To recruit people the employer would put an advert on the website, or send in an article that will then be published on the newspaper providing the employer can pay the fee.

2) Trade Press - This is more specific than National Press. Trade Press is a magazine or newspaper based on a specific trade, an example would be a media trade, this would have job vacancies based on the media industry.

3) Internet - This is an ever increasing way to recruit people. Almost every business will have a website of which they will advertise their job vacancies. Also there are websites that offer the option to search for a job, they then forward you to the jobs website. These websites include Jobsite and Gumtree.

4) Word of Mouth - This is a method of recruitment that is where people speak about a job vacancy and then it spreads to someone who needs the job. Sometimes somebody that has already been employed can put a good word in for someone who needs a job to their boss. This doesn't always work, but can sometimes be beneficial.

5) Internal Promotion - This is an advancement from within the company where the employee works. It is usually given to those who have a record of high achievements within the work force.

6) Networking -  A business network is a type of business social network whose reason for existing is business activity. There are several prominent business networking organizations that create models of business networking activity that, when followed, allow the business person to build new business relationships and generate business opportunities at the same time.

7) Trade Fairs - trade fair  is an exhibition organized so that companies in a specific industry can showcase and demonstrate their latest products, service, study activities of rivals and examine recent market trends and opportunities. From this people can advertise their company and sometimes recruit others who are interested and have the correct skills for the job.

8) Recruitment Agency - A recruitment agency is an organization which matches employers to employees. In all developed countries there is a publicly funded employment agency and multiple private businesses which also act as employment agencies. An example of one of the biggest recruitment agencies in London is, Agency Central. You type in the industry you specialise in and numerous job vacancies will appear based on your industry.