Thursday, 17 September 2015

The British Film Industry and America's influence Questions.

1. What % of global box office was the British film industry responsible for?
The UK is responsible for around 13.5% of the global box office.

2. What was this % in 2009?
6.8% (lowest share)

3. What might this change indicate about British film?
That British films have become more successful since 2009, making higher profits over all resulting in a larger percentage of the global box office total.

4. What films have been responsible for this change?
British Films like Skyfall, Slumdog Millionaire, The Woman In Black and The King's Speech were international hits - putting them in the minority.

5. What % of the British film industry makes a profit?

7% of British films make a profit.

6. What % of Hollywood films make a profit?
17% of Hollywood films make a profit.

7. How does that % differ between £2m and £10m budget British films?

Lower Budget films which cost less than £2m were less likely to make a profit (4%), while 17% of films that cost more than £10m making their money back.

8. What might we infer from this difference?
That the general public of the UK have the option to watch many high budgeted films instead of lower budget ones, which will offer a better standard of work. This is because the lower budgeted films offer training and skills to be gained for many actors/actresses and directors, whilst not normally making a profit. The higher budgeted films see an increase in profit because the end result is more polished and professional as they could afford to create a better quality/standard of work, and more than often have a lot more experience in film making. Higher budgeted films also have an advantage over smaller firms as they have a massive budget to sell the film. 

9. Which age group makes up the largest % of UK cinema goers?
For the first time the over-45s represented the biggest proportion of cinema-goers in the UK, with 36% visiting the big screen compared to 25% from the 15-24 age group.

10. Why do you think this might be?
A contributory factor could be that many of the recent films are aimed at the older audience, e.g. The best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.

11. Which 'type' of film has seen an 18% drop in attendance?
Films screened in 3D in 2012 generated 18 per cent of the UK's gross box office.

12. Within that 'type' which genre has seen the biggest fall?
Big family films in 3D have seen the biggest fall in proportion, as people are opting for the 2D version instead.

13. What did Charles Grant put this decline down to?
 Charles Gant said the 3D attendance at films like Madagascar 3 and Brave could be down to families' need to economise, and that prices mounted when the 3D premium is taken into account alongside the need for several tickets and parking. He also said that films like superman will be successful in 3D but only because its a big event movie, unlike films with shoddy conversion.

14. Who is Paul Greengrass?
A British film director.

15. How did he describe the British film industry?

That the figures do not not tell the whole story. He described the British film industry as a "success story" and predicted it would continue to see international growth - especially in China. He compares our 17% for higher budget films with the same profitability as Hollywood.

16. What did a BFI spokesperson say was the point of less profitable low budget British films?
A BFI spokesperson said the 7% figure included "tiny budget films that, while commercial success is always hoped for, are successful and beneficial to the industry for other reasons like skills and training development and for artistic and cultural importance".

17. What was the budget for Filth and how much money did it take?
Filth made £4m at the box office - more than twice its budget.

18. What advantage did James McEvoy feel £100m films have over low budget films?
He said $100m (£61m) movies that "sometimes aren't very good" had an advantage over smaller films because they had a massive budget to sell the film.

19. What is VOD?
Video on demand (VOD) are systems which allow users to select and watch/listen to video or audio content when they choose to, rather than having to watch at a specific broadcast time.

20. What % increase did VOD see last year?
 The VOD market has increased by 50% last year.

21. What impact might VOD have on distributers and Studios?
"Maybe VOD [video-on-demand] is going to change everything because the distributor and the studio might become less important."

22. What impact has it had on Blockbuster rental stores? 
It has had a negative effect on Blockbuster rental stores as VOD is taking away Blockbuster's customers who would normally buy the DVD are deciding to watch it online instead when ever they want, which is free of charge.

23. What was unique about Ben Wheatleys 'A Field In England'?
A Field in England was the first UK film to be released simultaneously in cinemas, on DVD, on TV and through video-on-demand.

24. What does director of The Machine Caradog James think is the toughest part of film making?

The toughest thing is you make a good film but can you get it to reach an audience.

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