At the start of the year its a good time to make a plan of attack for the year to come. Of course it helps if your plan is realistic. Making films can be an exhausting process, particularly when you are doing it on top of paid employment. One thing I have learnt the hard way a couple of times is that burning the candle at both ends does actually lead to burn out. Recovering from burn out is always tough but I have learnt a few things that help me to balance things a little better.
If you are anything like me the the idea of going to events for the purpose of talking to strangers can be daunting. The only way to get over this is to do it and to do it often. In these situations I have found that it is better to be shy than arrogant and there are so many amazing people in this industry that you will hardly ever be left alone for long.
In this industry we all tend to work in small groups or alone for a lot of the time, but meeting new people is crucial both in terms of finding crew as well as finding people to help make your projects happen.
If you have a friend to go with who is there for similar reasons it makes things much easier, but even if you don’t these are some of the things I have discovered that have helped me get through the awkwardness over the years.
A part of self-distribution that is not always discussed is classification. In NZ you must get your film rated to be able to screen it or distribute it. It may seem daunting initially but the process is relatively simple and easy to do. Here I will explain the basics of the process and the few things to think about before you start. Continue reading
With the Tropfest deadline coming up in a week it seemed like a good time to go over Censorship in NZ. Tropfest has an ‘M’ rating and if your film doesn’t pass it can be disqualified from the competition. We were lucky enough to have the chance to resubmit our film ‘Help’ after making changes to the film in a day to ensure it came in on the rating, so here are my thoughts on Censorship…
Film Censorship is covered in The Films, Videos, and Publications Act 1993, last updated in 2005 (Office of Film and Literature Classification, 2011). This legislation will determine the audience size your film can access by restricting possible younger viewers due to objectionable material (Wilson, 2007). Further campaigns for changes in the legislation have continued. Recent possible changes that could affect include all films featuring smoking R18 (Sharma, 2011) – already declared impractical by researchers (Gale, et al., 2006), but if enforced would enforce an R18 rating on many films including a large number of classic pictures – and making it cheaper to receive classification for suppliers (Croot, 2010).
Filmmaking continues to be a high-risk investment, but one that can potentially be extremely lucrative. There are more films are being made now than ever before due to technological advances in camera and editing equipment making filmmaking accessible to more people.
In New Zealand film distribution and exhibition brought in $348 million in 2011, a 6% increase from 2010. Producers who sold films, in New Zealand and internationally, generated $116 million (Statistics New Zealand, 2012). This proves that although competitive there is still an opportunity for independent films to compete in the marketplace.
The research on the current state of distribution I completed for a recent marketing assignment. Brief and basic, but some of you may find it helpful.
Film distribution is a complex industry encompassing many different intermediaries and processes in order to make a film accessible to an audience in the numerous mediums now available.