Ten Alps Buys Drama Indie

drama masksFactual indeoendent producer Ten Alps is moving into drama by acquiring Cottage Industry Productions while also launching Ten Alps Drama. Jo Willett, Cottage Industry's exec producer and former drama chief at Wall to Wall has signed a service contract with Ten Alps subsidiary Ten Alps TV, joining as head of Ten Alps Drama. Ten Alps paid almost £75,000 in cash for the company.

 

 

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North West Film Economy is Booming

Liverpool's Royal Liver BuildingFigures from North West Vision's Liverpool film office reveal 632 days of filming during 2005, beating the previous record of 612 days of filming in 2003.  2006 got off to a good start with the filming of Across the Universe, a large-scale musical production, set in the mid 60’s.  A young man from Liverpool goes to America during the Vietnam War to find his father. The story is told mainly through a number of Beatles songs performed by the characters with two major dance sequences taking place.

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ROY DISNEY - Imagineer

Roy Disney, nephew of Walt, and former Chairman of Disney's feature animation, worked for the 'Mouse House' for over thirty years before Michael Eisner pushed him from the board. Responsible for everything from Toy Story to The Lion King, Roy is an unashamed lover of comedy and escapist family entertainment. In his only interview for online media, Roy talked with Netribution in 2000 about IMAX and the future of Fantasia, the problems with Dinosaur, the secrets of Disney's success, growing up in the shadow of Uncle Walt and his unfulfilled dreams of designing aircraft. He also talks for the first time about the then year's eagerly awaited follow-up to Toy Story/A Bug's Life - Monster's Inc. In Belfast for the first European showing of 102 Dalmations, I caught up with Roy at the Cinemagic conference where he was the keynote speaker. Roy's Irish routes are quite sincere - he owns a house near Cork where he spends a third of his year - and at the turn of the century the Disney clan found themselves in Ireland en route from France to the States.

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ANDREW ADAMSON - Imagining Narnia

 "From your childhood, you just kind of go, ‘I love the book. I love the book.’ And then you read it again as an adult, and you go, ‘It’s a lot smaller than I remember it.’ It’s like visiting a house that you lived in as a child. I think largely it was because it was very empowering. You know, you think about it and these kids are disempowered in World War 2, they have no control over the situation, they’re being thrust around, and they go into Narnia and they’re greeted as kings and queens of Narnia, everyone is in awe of them, everyone’s waiting for them to solve all of their problems. While it’s a big shift in responsibility, I think responsibility is empowering for kids; it’s basically saying, ‘We trust you. We trust you to make the right decisions.’"

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Sheffield Docs Tour Kicks-Off at NFT

Featuring the "best of the fest" from the 2005 Festival, the SHEFFIELD INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL ON TOUR launches at the NFT, South Bank on 2nd February. The four day event marks the beginning of a three month UK tour, visiting numerous towns and cities including Belfast, Bradford, Bristol, Brixton, Chichester, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hammersmith, Hereford, Leeds, Manchester, Middlesborough, Northampton, Nottingham & Stirling.

 

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Figgis Stabs Studio System in Shooters Miracle

Mike FiggisOutspoken Hollywood director Mike Figgis has told indie filmmaker organisation Shooting People that they represent the way forward in filmmaking. He went on to ilustrate how the UK film bottleneck could be made easier at a stroke by doubling the number of distributors. Figgis, a patron of Shooting People, was speaking at a recent gathering of Shooters in London, where he told them just what he thought about studio-dominated industry and why he was backing the Shooters' approach to filmmaking.

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Creative Capital Launches Microwave Filmmaking

Film LondonFilm London, with backing from the BBC, has launched a project to develop ten micro-budget film projects in the capital. Microwave challenges film-makers to shoot a feature with budget of up to UKP75,000 with the option of raising additional "in-kind" support taking the budget to a maximum of UKP100,000.

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OSCAR Nominations Announced

OscarThe 78th Oscar nominations have been announced and Britain has a sizeable stake in the outcomes.

Dame Judi Dench  for Mrs Henderson Presents and Kiera Knightley for Pride and Prejudice go head to head for Best Actress. Rachel Wiesz is nominated as Best Supporting Actress for The Constant Gardener.

Match Point, the BBC co-production shot in London and one of the few Woody Allen films ever made outside of New York, is nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Steve Box and Nick Park have got Best Animated feature for Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

 There was another nice Brit surprise to come, missed by many of the usual news outlets which regularly fail to notice short films and short animations. Netribution does not follow their example.....

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Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham - Unpacked Day, 19th Jan

Well this festival left me reinvigorated for what a film fest can be. Excuse me if I spiral off into hyperbole, but the programme, the people and style of fest just don't seem to fit in with the way that everything else seems so hyper-defined and funding-box-ticking, it was just programmed really imaginatively and diversely. It felt instinctive and well informed. In short, totally cool.

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DON CHEADLE - Playing Paul Rusesabaginia

Don Cheadle Interview with Paul Rusesabaginia | with director Terry George 

"What they choose to greenlight or not to greenlight is based on the tastes of the studio. And the tastes of the studio are largely about what they think is going to make money. It’s commerce. The sort of cyclical self-fulfilling prophecy that they always point to is that black movies don’t make money. You know what I mean? Every movie has to have a huge foreign component, it’s much bigger than the domestic component, and they say, traditionally, black movies don’t sell foreign so we’re not going to spend a lot of money on them. And then if they do spend the money on them, they don’t spend the money on the marketing -- and nothing sells itself. The movie then doesn’t make money and they say, ‘See: the movie didn’t make money’. It’s kind of stacked against us, in a way.

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TIM BURTON - Smiling in the face of death

tim burtonThe culture I grew up in, death was always looked upon as dark and forbidden and not discussed. And, you know, living close to Mexico where you were very aware of like the Day of the Dead ceremony where they use humour and the skeletons are all dancing and playing, I just felt like that was so much more appropriate. It’s much more a celebration of life and a much more positive way of dealing with death than as this sort of dark, unspoken, forbidden, scary thing. So that other culture seemed to have what I think is a much more positive approach to it.

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Hans Von Looz - Film Making the Dogma 3000 Way

dr andrew cousinsThe low budget digital film making revolution is sweeping the industry like a big brush. But in this case the brush is made of pixels, ones and zeros as opposed to the usual brush construction of celluloid, photosensitive dyes and developing chemicals.

One of the leading exponents of this 'Cinema Electronique' is Dutch auteur Hans Von Looz. His films such as, 'Breaking My Patience', 'The Nutters' and 'Oddville' are all made according to a strict set of rules laid down by Von Looz. Dogma 3000, as these rules are known, is intended to be the blueprint by which the next generation of low budget cinema is made. I met with Hans to ask him about film making in the 21st Century and beyond.

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Documentary Maker Accuses US Ratings Board of Film Piracy

james macgregorCould it be that America's leader in the global fight against movie piracy is a pirate too? That's what documentary director Kirby Dick alleges. He says the Motion Picture Association of America made a bootleg copy of This Film Is Not Yet Rated, his angry broadside against the organization's film rating system.

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Horrors of Fallujah Siege Documented by Iraqi Journalist

Ali Fadhil is perhaps best known for his documentary film on the aftermath of the US siege on Falluja in November, 2004. In the assault, American and Iraqi forces surrounded Fallujah, expelling the city’s residents, bombing hospitals and shelling buildings. The documentary, "Fallujah - The Real Story" was produced last year by Guardian Films for Channel Four News.

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