FMP: Useful Tools

There are some people who make films just for the sake of making a film and there are some people who make films for them to be succesful. We are the latter. We want this film to go worldwide helping to raise awareness for mental health and opening peoples eyes to what someone with mental health goes through. In order to do this we need to spread the word far and wide and although we have flyers and business cards, we needed something that everyone can access whether having been directed by the business cards and flyers or not.

Thus we created a simple website for Instability that holds intrigue and tells a little more about the film, including the film synopsis, faq’s and screening dates. Like with everything else we wanted to keep it simple and minimal as the film speaks for itself in a thousand words.

We simply created this website using iWeb and then creating and buying a web domain to host it, which can be found at www.InstabilityFilm.com

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PPP – The Degree Show

As I have previously expressed networking is the most useful way of making new contacts, potential business parters, and a way of getting into the industry. At the degree shows I plan to speak to professionals, get them to look at my film and hopefully talk to them about the processes, how they started out in the industry and what they think the best way of getting in is. London and Birmingham will be particularly important when networking as these are the prime locations for production companies and organisations, and so to be prepared will be carrying a little book with me to get contact details, should the opportunity arise.

I will also be handing out business cards which have both my producer and I’s email and a QR code to the Instability website, along side this I will be handing out the flyers we have made which give a bit of background about the film and shows who has worked on it, making it easy to recognise and approach those people.

I have decided with my producer that we should only give out catalogues to those who seem deeply interested about the film and approach us to talk about it. All these materials will give us talking points and a chance to get into general conversation with these professionals. The main aim is to get noticed and be memorable making sure that when they leave they remember my name, face and film.

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PPP – Contact List

The best thing you can do in this industry is network and make connections throughout your career, for you never know when you may require someone with certain expertise or when they may need you.

Over the years I have been trying to build up a contact list, and through many platforms I have managed to collate those who will be most useful to me now and when progressing in the industry, most of whom I know already and have connected with through site such as LinkedIn, and those who I am yet to approach.

These consist of:

*Director at Matmedia Online
*Production Coordinator at Hot Sauce Productions
*Oasis Studio Production Manager at Aurora Fashions
*Director at Paul Bence Photography
*DOP/Camera Op/ Company Director of Firebird Films
*Assistant Producer at Betty Tv
*Production Manager at Cocosa
*Production Talent Manager at ITV
*Head of Creative Resources at Princess Productions
*Dan Gable owner of Sprat Productions

Through these contacts I hope to gain more contacts and network further in order to progress in my career.

FMP: Logo Redesign

Part of being professional is to not only have a professional outlook but to also have a professional image, no I’m not talking about what your wearing although that does matter too, I’m talking company image.

Originally when I made the name Annacitric I didn’t have a logo, until I came to make ‘Instability’ and I made a quick logo just to sit on the facebook and twitter page. My producer and I then discussed about redesigning the logo to make it look more professional than just a picture, and so I took it upon myself to try and design a new logo, however this would be temporary until I found someone who could design it properly.

Thankfully I helped out two graphic design students without knowing it and they offered to repay the favour and so I passed on the logo to one of them and asked them if they could redesign it and make it look better. This was done in a matter of days of asking them and we ended up having 5 options before settling on one.

We went for the classic showreel with film wrapped around it, but having the reel look like the inside of a lemon as this takes from the ‘citric’ part of the production name, and obviously film is what we do. The first look of the new logo seemed too cartoon like and so we asked for a changes to be made mainly the style of font, giving our designer a few font options to add to the mix. This is how we came to our new logo that not only looks professional but looks fresh and sits well with what we had imagined:

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These are few of the others we came from:

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PPP: Annacitric Logo

Part of being professional is to not only have a professional outlook but to also have a professional image, no I’m not talking about what your wearing although that does matter too, I’m talking company image.

Originally when I made the name Annacitric I didn’t have a logo, until I came to make ‘Instability’ and I made a quick logo just to sit on the facebook and twitter page. My producer and I then discussed about redesigning the logo to make it look more professional than just a picture, and so I took it upon myself to try and design a new logo, however this would be temporary until I found someone who could design it properly.

Thankfully I helped out two graphic design students without knowing it and they offered to repay the favour and so I passed on the logo to one of them and asked them if they could redesign it and make it look better. This was done in a matter of days of asking them and we ended up having 5 options before settling on one.

We went for the classic showreel with film wrapped around it, but having the reel look like the inside of a lemon as this takes from the ‘citric’ part of the production name, and obviously film is what we do. The first look of the new logo seemed too cartoon like and so we asked for a changes to be made mainly the style of font, giving our designer a few font options to add to the mix. This is how we came to our new logo that not only looks professional but looks fresh and sits well with what we had imagined:

Screen Shot 2013-05-10 at 16.19.21

These are few of the others we came from:

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PPP – Networks

Networks are a great way of finding opportunities, useful resources and articles, communicating with other like minded people and also gaining the help that you need to progress within your career. It is a place where you are able to explore different paths with almost instant guidance. In a way it is a safety net once you are in the industry, a support network to enable and empower you.

I have looked into a few networks in my local area, those that are nearby and online networks:

Bucks Creative Enterprise

BCE is the primary promoter, celebrator, adviser and informer on all aspects of creativity and creative business development in Bucks.

BCE is you as a creative enterprise, an education establishment, a student or an individual interested in creativity. By joining the BCE community you can learn about funding opportunities, network, build awareness of your business, seek out information about career development, collaborate, learn about creative business support, build up contacts or simply delve into the mind of a sector that is responsible for a third of the County’s gross turnover, and its international reputation as great place to do business.

Chiltern Arts Network is a not for profit arts networking organisation for artists of all types living and working in the Chilterns. Chiltern Arts Network provides an arts directory, events guide and news feed for the Chilterns area.  As a not for profit organisation, Chiltern Arts Network aims to support the local arts scene and empower artists to create sensational art.

Screen South is a Creative Development agency delivering and supporting innovative projects across screen-based media and the wider cultural and creative industries. We are a resource and broker that helps people get their ideas off the ground and supports delivery locally, nationally and internationally .
Our overarching aim is to contribute to stimulating a competitive, successful and vibrant, creative industry and culture, and to promote its growth, enjoyment and understanding locally and internationally.
Screen South is passionate about developing and contributing to a dynamic environment in which film and screen-based media culture can flourish.

Raindance Film Festival

Although not a community Raindance offers tips and advice articles to help independent  filmmakers, shows the types of courses, workshops and classes you can take in order to maximise your skills.

Home

A forum made for the entirety of the film community to converse new information and communicate with one another. A place where you can freely ask questions, hear other peoples opinions and share your own, from equipment to new production software and packages. A perfect example of a support network. You can be sure that if you get stuck or have a problem you will most likely find an answer on there or not be alone in your predicament.

 

The Backscratchers Logo

The backscratchers bringins together hand picked companies and creative talent for short-term projects and collaborations across advertising, art, design, fashion, film, music, technology, writing and event production.

Film and TV Pro was set up in late May 2009 to make the life of crew just a little bit easier. Although we can’t guarantee you will get paid work or even tell you about every opportunity, we’re going to do our best. We’ve combined the Blue Compass technology with feedback and advice from hundreds of film and TV professionals. Film and TV Pro is the result, a site which alerts you to upcoming employment opportunities and plugs you into the UK Film & TV community.
Film and TV Pro allows you (the film/TV professional) to a profile listing in our central online directory of film & TV crew, accessible to 10,000+ employers, broadcasters and production companies. Our unique profile tagging mechanism enables us to instantly alert you to upcoming opportunities which match your skills. No more trawling through printed publications, now all the information you need is in one place. And as if that didn’t sound enough, we take the application process to the next level, enabling you to receive feedback from employers directly through the site, network with other crew members and also browse our comprehensive resources database.

These sites are designed to help and nurture you and your career, we are not alone in the world and so it only makes sense that we communicate with one another and help each other prosper.

FMP: Experimental Screening

As we have already filmed and got a stage in editing where we are beginning to be happy with it,  after tweaking and changing bits using the feedback we have been given as a guide we thought it would be good to go and to an experimental screening and discussion to compare our work.

The talk and screening was held at the Herbert Art Gallery and was taken by artists Louise and Jane Wilson, who discussed their experimental film ‘Unfolding the Aryan Papers’

‘It splices together new footage with original photographs from the archive in this beautifully shot film which draws together many layers of history and memory.

Co-owned by Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London; Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund Collecting Cultures and facilitated and supported by the Contemporary Art Society. Commissioned by Animate Projects and the BFI, London.’

The film uses images and footage from the Kubrick Archives that were intended by Stanley Kubrick to make ‘Aryan Papers’; an adaptation of novel ‘Wartime Lies’ (a Holocaust novel by Louis Begley) but after a lengthy process he decided to scrap the film, this may have been down to painful memories of family members in the Holocaust.

Not only does the film use original footage and pictures, but Jane and Louise took it one step further by using pieces of the original script and finding the original actress who was cast for the main character in the original production and getting her to speak about her experience; the audition process and costume fitting process, as the images and old footage were taken through the costume fitting process.

Jane and Louise took Kubrick’s ‘Aryan Papers’ and broke it down fragmenting it and then putting it back together  in order to make ‘Unfolding Aryan Papers’. The exhibition installation is built up of a black gauze box with a screen inside and a mirror either side of the screen, which is to represent and intensify the folding and unfolding of the ‘Aryan Papers’.

It was interesting to see this work as it had many of the same characteristics of our film, with repeated images, the person not only telling the story but having been the focus in the visuals also. A lot of people have mentioned the repetitive images but we have them as a representation of the actions, thoughts and feelings that go round and round repeating themselves in the mind of a mentally unstable person. The talk was particularly interesting as you could see the passion of the filmmakers and the intrigue behind the original story which  enabled them to engage so fully. From this you could see and tell that thee artists only worked on projects that they felt drawn to or felt passionately about. Our film like this one holds intrigue and is made with true passing and engagement from myself as the filmmaker.

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