The business of film
The business of film

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The business of film

Week 2: Developing a film

Introduction

This week explores the development process, which takes an idea for a story and aims to turn it into a valuable film project worth investing in. First, you'll hear again from director Bharat Nalluri.

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BHARAT NALLURI
Many films don't get beyond the development stage. They are abandoned. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Maybe they weren't good enough. There is a longstanding and exacting process to sift through film ideas so that they are in a ready state to convince financiers to part with their money. This week, you'll see that the development process can involve many different people and many different business activities, creative, legal, budgeting. And can be very, very long. We'll be meeting some of them. And finally, we have our first instalment from our case study movie, Spooks, the Greater Good. We'll be hearing a lot from them throughout the course. This week, the team tells us about how their film came about.
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This week will focus on what happens right at the very beginning of the process, and you will meet some of the key players. It’s at this stage that you begin to turn your idea into an ‘asset’ that people are prepared to invest in. You’ll hear from Ollie Madden, the producer of the case study film, Spooks: The Greater Good and also from the film’s writers, Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent. Simon Bowles, production designer on Spooks, will also be contributing this week.

They will be talking in general about the development process and in specific terms about the development process around Spooks: The Greater Good. The development process is not an exact science but there are some basic steps that will be shown in the course of this week.

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