Week 1: The value of film
The film business aims to make money, just like any other business. However, it's also an important cultural aspect of our lives, and a key part of the creative sector.
The usual norms and expectations of a business are sometimes tempered by other considerations. This free course, The business of film, will highlight particular areas of business learning relevant to film and the creative sector as a whole, and provide pathways to further information and study.
Throughout this course, you'll see video clips with Bharat Nalluri. Bharat is a film and television director, whose films include Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and The Man Who Invented Christmas, and he's worked on shows such as Spooks, Life on Mars and Hustle. He also directed the film that's used as a case study in this course, Spooks: The Greater Good. Bharat will meet you at the beginning of each week to introduce the different elements of the course. You’ll meet several other key figures in the UK film industry, who play roles from the very beginning of the film-making process through to the end product and its distribution and sales.
In order to understand the film business, it is important to understand some key business concepts and perspectives within the film industry. How is value created in the world of film? What are the different stages of a film’s lifecycle? How are films paid for? Who is involved in the film production process? Watch the first clip with Bharat now, before you move on to the first week's materials.