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  1. Phil and I are back in contact, it's a beautiful thing. 🙂 R,
  2. Well Phil, I have survived the Lions Gate delivery 🙂 . To say that it's tough would be the understatement of the year, but that is, as they say...show biz. Also Phil.....how come no more responses to my emails???????????? R,
  3. Pretty much a guarantee Phil. Also, BFI has made it very very clear......white males need not apply. Their sole focus now is emerging women filmmakers, they have zero interest in any other classification of filmmaker. So note to all white males in the UK, do not waste your time with them. R,
  4. It's not that easy for dubbing. The dubbing territories have very high standards for the voice acting, and all the best actors are going to be union. If you try and submit a "cheap" French dub it will just be rejected. Also many broadcasters have signed agreements with local unions that prevent off shore dubbing. A typical French dub is going to cost about 20, 000.00 Euros, and there really isn't a way around this cost. Your assessment of the "gritty" movies is bang on. Yet the BFI is obsessed with this format and continues to invest millions of pounds into these movies. The BFI is dropping 1 million pounds per movie, and it's shocking how little distribution those movies then go onto receive. The UK distributors I talked to over the last six months just laugh at the prospect of distributing anything BFI is involved with. R,
  5. I could add a lot to this one. Something that's been missed is that the real money for indie films is TV and cable. The delivery costs are very low and broadcasters always pay, they have to. Here's the problem, 99% of indie films I see simply are not good enough for worldwide cable TV and broadcast sales. They need to be "slick" for lack of a better word, and not "indie." If you are making an "indie" film that's fine, but it probably won't go beyond its festival run, if it can get one. I have found my family genre movies sell well to TV and cable, the broadcaster doesn't need to edit them for sex or violence, and they can air in any time slot. I also pre cut them exactly to 90 mins bang on the nose, which is what TV buyers like. The easier you make it for the end user, the more sales you will make. I find that few indie filmmakers think in these terms. One also needs to consider that in the dubbing territories the cost to dub and re mix a movie is astronomical! Few distributors will spend that kind of money unless the film really warrants it for sales potential. Since we are talking about the UK....proud to say I have had four movies in a row air on SKY movies, and Channel 5. Also sold all my titles to TF1 (France), Antenna 3 (Spain), and RTI (Italy). If you watch SKY this Sunday at 10:30PM, my latest film will be running.....again: http://www.sky.com/tv/movie/against-the-wild-the-great-elephant-adventure-2017 They must have aired it over 50 times since acquisition. Lions Gate bought the US rights, and made this very nice trailer, although they use a different title in the US. So all 50 territories were sold on this title, nothing left. Now I head into my 6th feature film on Sept 16th. Things can be done as an independent producer/director/writer/editor, it's not super easy that's true, but doable. Now Phil, before you start in, I will concede a point to you.....BFI is the most useless organization I have ever come across in my life, ok you win that one. So my "UK" project has three other streams it is going through for financing, and even though it's about as UK centric as one can get, not a frame will be shot in the UK. Which is sad in a way. R,
  6. I do find it hysterical that the US Oscars now resemble the Canadian version, the CSAs. People watch the CSAs and no one has ever heard of, or seen, any of the titles nominated for Best Picture. In the old days, the 1980s, when you watched the Oscars, everyone had heard of the films nominated in the Best Picture category. These days, so many of the films nominated in the Best Picture category at the Oscars are art house movies, unknown to the general public. Congratulations America, you have caught up to the cinema snobs living North of the border. R,
  7. I'm sure it was never intended to be. But that's still my view of what a "Best Picture" looks like. I have no idea when a Best Picture became a small scale drama driven by whatever oppressed group was the flavour of the month. R,
  8. Uh, ok, like I said, I'm a Philistine on this one, film criticism at this level is beyond me. You say it evoked,"Lawrence and Ghandi", Hmmmm, geeez, I missed that big time! R,
  9. Uh, ok, like I said, I'm a Philistine on this one, film criticism at this level is beyond me. You say it evoked,"Lawrence and Ghandi", Hmmmm, geeez, I missed that big time! R,
  10. I'm afraid I'm too much of a Philistine to understand this movie. Looked like a student film from NYU. I'm from a time when movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Gandhi, Chariots of Fire, were "Best" Picture quality movies. I have no idea what happened? Then again I did not get Moonlight either, or how it could possibly be a "Best" Picture. R,
  11. Alfonso Cuarón, may not be given an entry VISA to the US so he can pick up all his awards. R,
  12. And the academy has reversed course! They cited this thread as the number one reason why! R,
  13. I would really hope that a number of the "big" producers, directors, and actors, will speak out over this and boycott the show until their fellow artists and technicians are put back into the show. R,
  14. Where to begin with this one? I think Gregory hit the nail on the head above. The Oscars are a platform to attract an audience of women, so the advertisers can sell them soap (As Rupert Murdock once famously stated.) Women care about seeing women in glamorous gowns, and handsome male movie stars, that is what attracts them. The people nominated in the technical fields like, cinematography, are complete unknowns to the audience and *gasp* some of these guys are not even good looking, the nerve!! That's part 1 of the issue. Part 2 is the fact that the public has no clue what a cinematographer, editor, production designer, VFX artist does. Editor is the one that baffles them the most, heck many Hollywood film executives don't understand what an editor does. The public understands actors, they see those. And they kinda understand what a director or writer does. I will spare this thread my thoughts on this years, "diversity" awards. Or the fact that Hollywood celebrities now feel that award shows are their personal platform to spout off about their BS political views. (As if multi-millionaire celebrities are going to be affected by shifts in government policy.) I watched this years BAFTAs, two people decided to take a swipe at BREXIT during their acceptance speeches, such a joke. R,
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