Film is one of the oldest media industries as well as a major global business making billions each year.
Which of these descriptions best defines a ‘mainstream’ film?
A film with lots of special effects
A film where a famous actor plays the protagonist
A film produced by a large production company, such as a Hollywood studio
What are the two main production contexts in the film industry?
Big budget and small budget
Studio and independent
Starring well-known actors and starring unknown actors
What are the main defining features of a studio film?
Recognisable actors, a large budget, excellent production values, appeals to a wide audience
Unknown actors, a small budget, excellent production values
Established actors, a large budget, a niche theme likely to appeal to a small audience
Which of these best defines vertical integration?
When a conglomerate relies on crowdfunding to pay for promotion and marketing materials
When all of a media conglomerate's different companies are used to produce, promote, market, distribute and exhibit a film and its official merchandise
When a conglomerate uses smaller independent companies to help with marketing, distribution or exhibition of a film
Why might an independent film be entered in to a competition at a film festival?
Film festivals attract a lot of film critics who might write a review which, in turn, will increase audience awareness of the film
Independent film companies need the prize money to pay for their films
Film festivals are only open to independent film makers
How are most studio films funded?
They are funded by the director and writer of the film
They are funded by private investors, arts agencies or crowdfunding
They are funded by the studio making them
What classifies a film as ‘independent’?
The film has been produced by an independent production company
The film has a completely new concept
The film uses unknown actors
What is the role of a distribution company?
They work towards getting independent films entered in to film festivals so they can be seen by film critics
They work towards getting independent films theatrical releases and deals for distribution on DVD and Blu-Ray
They can guarantee that a film will be shown in all the major cinema chains
What is the purpose of film classifications?
They allow audiences to choose age appropriate films with suitable content
They allow film companies to target audiences of an age most likely to view the film
They allow audiences to choose a film from a certain genre
Who regulates the UK film industry?
British Board of Film Certification (BBFC)
British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)
British Board of Film Categorisation (BBFC)