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3) WHAT KIND OF MEDIA INSTITUTION MIGHT DISTRIBUTE YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT AND WHY?
From my research I looked at film distribution companies ident’s like Universal and 20th Century Fox. These two production companies have a massive budget so they can make their ident very different to the genre they are producing as they are such big companies they producing many different films varying in genre. However, due to having a low budget to make and produce my film, my ident will be like ‘Blum House Productions’ and ‘Ghost House Pictures’ which both have ident that has a certain genre to it which shows which type of films they would distribute; Horrors and Thriller.
So, like those two low budget companies, I have created my ident to have the same genre as my film, thriller. I have tried to use similar colours in my ident that is in my film which is blue/green. I have also added clouds in my ident to give it a bit of a spooky atmosphere. As I added clouds, I have called my film company ‘Nimbus Productions’ as a Nimbus is a type of cloud. I have added a female singing in the background to again give a gripping atmosphere but this ties in with my film as the main character is female.
If I could choose who I would like to distribute my film it would either be ‘Columbia Pictures’ who have distributed films like ‘Angels & Demons’ and ‘Da Vinci Code’ which are thrillers like mine which challenge the forms and conventions of a thriller, or ‘Lionsgate’ who have distributed ‘Hell or High Water’ and ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ which have been extremely successful. Both these companies have huge film budgets and I would like to go with either one of them if I have the chance as my target audience is young adult, they will be mostly interested in a gripping plot line with action scenes, good quality costumes, props and CGI which doesn’t look false.
I think I would avoid trying to get an independent film company to distribute my film as they have less resources for marketing this is due to less money, they have less resources for distribution so they will have to negotiate with other companies for distribution via TV and also the public are usually unsure if the film is made professionally. However, as I am an unknown director, major film companies may not want to distribute my film, they would probably not want to release an amateurish film where as an indie film company might, so possibly independent film companies are best at this moment.
Although there are ways to get my name out there and my film. I would try to document my film at LA Thriller Film Festival which would hopefully bring awareness to my film so hopefully a major film company could distribute it and it would also help get the public aware of my work. However, if a major film company didn’t want to distribute my film, I would use a website called Kickstarter to help with costs of equipment such as camera, lighting, lens, props and costumes. Then I would go to an indie company fully prepared with all the equipment so I could start the process of filming as soon as possible.
Other ways to help make myself and my work more aware, is that I would try and advertise by making a Youtube or Vimeo account by uploading short homemade films or upload myself practising with different techniques.
Hopefully by doing this, I show potential distribution companies that I am determined and trying to better my techniques. If a major film company was to distribute my film, there would be a need for a lot of advertising as I am an unknown director and this would be my first time being distributed by a major company. Even having a major distribution company like ‘Lionsgate’ or ‘Columbia’ would boost my film viewing due to the reputation they both hold, my film could be available to the public domaine to view and buy on DVD, iTunes, Netflix and Sky Cinema. Hopefully, the revenue from the box office will help pay off any debts or pay back the distribution and production companies.