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Film scene in your backyard

Post by Timeoil » Wed Jan 04, 2006 7:57 pm

What's the film scene like where you are at? Is it truly independent or is "it" just interested in making low-budget Hollywood esque films...or sub-holywood prep? Here in Seattle there is a lot of potential, but most of the resources here are for the documentary/"indie media" types. Rich white and jewish girls mostly. It seems like independent film has been teetering by the wayside all over. This article from Moviemaker magazine is pretty interesting and I was wondering if people from any of those cities could throw in some bits...
<a href="http://www.moviemaker.com/issues/41/cities.html" target="_blank">Top 10 cities in North America for Independent Moviemakers</a>

First let me clarify that I'm not bitching about the movie goer-ship in Seattle or Washington, but the indy scene itself. Every state and most cities have a film office which is obviosuly dictated by economic interests in attracting productions, but most claim to support local filmamkers and independent films etc etc. My thoughts are that the people behind the scenes are the ones responsible for the pathetic conditions and that their personalities weigh heavily on content and the implementation of private or non-profit indy film outlets. Taking only our <a href="http://www.filmwashington.com/" target="_blank">State Film Commission in Washington</a>as an example. The head of it is also <a href="http://www.suzykellett.com/" target="_blank">this cunt.</a> Like this bitch doesnt have any influence on content and progress..ahahaha
On the surface many of these offices appear to have programs and support for the indy community but they always fail and end up being run by underfunded non-profits.
What say you? Whats it like in your place?

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Post by eric » Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:29 am

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Post by benoit » Thu Jan 05, 2006 10:40 am

I'm curious about what kind of (state/gorvernment) funding budgets you get in the US?

- Here's for Belgium, Flanders (2005) (<a href="http://www.vaf.be/frames.asp?page=2&lang=1" target="_blank">source</a>):

€ 12.500.000:

fiction: € 4.500.000
documentary: € 1.000.000
animation: € 1.000.000
experimental: € 500.000
other: € 2.750.000

that's a total of € 9.750.000 that the goverment gives out a year for actual production... the rest goes to film research, studies, scholarships, ...

- in the Walloon part it's even less I think (<a href="http://www.wallimage.be/actualites.php" target="_blank">source</a>):

some examples <a href="http://www.wallimage.be/fichefilm.php?i ... =5&lang=fr" target="_blank">Le Fils</a> from the Dardenne brothers got € 173.525, <a href="http://www.wallimage.be/fichefilm.php?i ... =5&lang=fr" target="_blank">L'Enfant</a> got € 333.333
so usually it's a lot of co-productions with other independent production companies or other countries, Lucile Hadzihalilovic (Caspar Noe's wife) got €340.000 for her film <a href="http://www.wallimage.be/fichefilm.php?i ... =5&lang=fr" target="_blank">Innocence</a>...

- for the rest of Europe you can find out here:

<a href="http://korda.obs.coe.int/" target="_blank">KORDA</a> : Database on public funding for the film and audiovisual sector in Europe


- that's a lot of numbers, but i think no matter where you are, if it's good it will always be noticed, so i don't really believe that whole lack of resources, ofcourse there is but it's the nature of film "business" and it will always be this way i'm afraid.

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Post by Bastard Wisher » Fri Jan 06, 2006 3:29 am

The film scene in Hawaii is ridiculous, probably not even worth mentioning. People do actually make films though, suprisingly, just not good ones. A lot of stupid documentaries about Hawaii's methamphetamine problem and shit like that. A lot of focus on specifically Hawaiian cultural stuff too, it's really encouraged here. Which is why no one will ever make a great film in Hawaii, until they ignore all the postcard imagery and just treat it like an unspecific place.
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Post by foot foot » Mon Jan 09, 2006 11:32 am

across the street this guy owns a film and video store that i work at sometimes for extra money. a bunch of different filmmakers do stuff there like chris smith ,frankie latina (bad spelling on that i think) as well as those guys from american movie. the owner teaches a 35 MM film course to the UW students for extra credit or something and he offered me to sit in the class for free. i couldn't do it cause my job sucks though.

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