Tuesday, 11 February 2014

8) slumdog millionaire case study

Slumdog Millionaire: Global Film?
The Media Student’s Book: p.163

  1. Explain where the storyline for the film came from. Give examples.

The story begins with Vikram Swarup,  an Indian diplomat in London and author of the source novel, Q&A. He appears to have drawn on two specific new stories – one in the UK and one in India. A retired army officer in the UK was convicted of fraud after Millionaire (WWTBAM). Since the show was also massively popular in India, Swarup then thought, who would be the least likely winner of the top prize In the Indian version – who might be accused of cheating? A scientist in Delhi experimented by putting a computer only accessible to children in to a poor area of the city. The children quickly learned how to use the computer without any help from adults. From these two stories Swarup constructed the narrative of a young man from the slums who knows the awnsers to the quiz questions because they each refer to something he has experienced in his life. Rather than knowledge he thr0ough education.

  1. List the ways in which Simon Beaufoy changed the story. Explain why this was done.

    • The central character becomes Muslim and one of thw two brothers from a Mumbai slum. His name is changed to Jamal. In the novel, the character is an orphan brought up in an English clergymans house in Delhi and there is an explanation of why he can speak English and why he has a name that spans Indias three major religions.
    • Several of the sub - plots are removed to make the story line clearer.
    • The romance element is made more important and runs across the whole storyline. The story would be further tweaked when Danny Boyle came on board as director, but in the final script Boyle would claim that the narrative goal -essentially to bring the childhood sweethearts together - was not American since it downplayed winning the money. Winning the girl seems to have worked with American audiences though.

  1. How did Tessa Ross and Christian Colson arrange funding? Why is this significant? Tessa Ross thought that it was essential to be able to use it in the film. When colson secured these rights, he was able to fund the production of the film and then sell the distribution rights of the finished film to pathe in the UK and ireland and France, Warner Bros in North America and other companies in the territories around the world. With the revenue from this scale, Colson could cover the costs of production, but would retain control - meaning that the film would remain a UK production without interference from the Hollywood distributor.

  1. Explain the term ‘Bollywood’ 
Bollywood is a relatively recent term . It refers to certain forms of popular cinema made in Hindi - the official language of india understood by about 40 percent of the population, mainly in the north. The capital of Bollywood is Mumbai where around two hundred films with big budgets are made each year, but more films are actually made in the four south indian languages of Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. These different language cinemas are rather disparagingly known as regional cinemas and this term also covers several smaller production centres using other Indian languages such as Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, etc. A third type of film is sometimes referred to as parallel cinema. There is no hard defenition of a parallel film, but generally it refers to films that are more serious, possibly more realist and/or art orientated. Such films appeal more to the middle class audiences in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and other major cities. The films could be made in any of indias languages, but are usually in Hindi or English in order to reach the biggest audiences.

  1. What was the impact of Warner Bros closing it’s ‘specialist’ film labels on the distribution of Slumdog Millionaire? How was this resolved? (p. 166)
There was every chance that slumdog millionaire would be pushed straight to DVD in North America as a result. Boyle and Colson rushed to Hollywood to try to rescue the film and succeeded in persuading Warner Bros to sell the rights to another studios specialist division, Fox searchlight. Both Boyle and Beaufroy had experienced success with Fox searchlight.

  1. Slumdog Millionaire is not a Hollywood film. Explain how it has been caught between Hollywood and Bollywood. (p. 167-170)

  1. In your opinion, what made Slumdog Millionaire a successful film? Discuss pre-production, production, distribution and exhibition.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

5) BBC purposes

my trip to the BBC

we went to the BBC studios in london. we recieved a tour of the building showing us where everything is filmed and the history of the BBC. we visited an actual studio where the One how is filmed as shown in the picture on the left <---
during the trip we got to experience different activities such as seeing if we have what it takes to become a news presenter and weather man and also we had a go at audio drama which required reading scripts and i got chosen to do all of the sound effects for the short drama that we recored.


trip to the BBFC
We all went to the BBFC in london soho to recieve a lecture about the BBFC. We had a lady who works for the BBFC to give us the lecture. This consisted of her showing us a power point and explaining what all of the different age ratings mean and how they give films their age ratings. We learnt the different techniques they use to age rate films and specific points in the film they look out for to give it the most suitable age rating possible. We learnt that commonly the BBFC recieve letters of complaints from parents and even children about how they disagree with the age rating that they have given some films.

4) BBC history task

6) employment laws