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ScreenDaily Talks: Indie “freefall” can spur post-Covid sustainability drive

Independent cinema is “in freefall at the moment”, but should use the coronavirus-induced shutdown as a chance to reassess its economic and ecological priorities, according to Screen’s latest ScreenDaily Talks webinar.

The full panel is available to watch above. It was sponsored by the Calgary Film Commission, and hosted by Screen contributing editor Michael Rosser.

“Independent cinema is certainly in deep trouble. and it was before the Covid situation,” said the UK’s Rebecca O’Brien, Ken Loach’s longtime producer at Sixteen Films. “People forget that the independent sector is the testbed and the learning place for people coming into the industry.” O’Brien said there are currently “so many things which are obstacles for independent films to thrive. It’s in freefall at the moment.” 

However, the I, Daniel Blake producer said the industry could use the coronavirus shutdown to make fundamental changes and return to its roots. “One of the reasons I’ve stuck with smaller independent films is that it’s easier to manage,” she said. “You can break it down to the simple things that everybody can understand and can work with.”

Productions should look to scale down as a means of prospering in the new landscape, she noted. “Productions  have grown to be so gigantic, it’s really quite difficult to keep a handle on looking after it properly. People are far too willing to fly off on a recce; the carbon footprint of production needs to be just thought of more carefully all the time.” Read the full article on ScreenDaily.com

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‘Friday Fiver’ Fund Helps Unemployed U.K. Film and TV Workers

A group of U.K. film workers have set up a ‘Film and TV Behind the Scenes Assistance Fund’ to help their co-workers in need.

The brainchild of location manager Vinnie Jassal (“Kingsman: The Golden Circle”) and co-owner of supply company Spotless H20 Georgette Turner (“Wonder Woman 1984”), the fund was originally set up to help junior members of location departments who became out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Another location manager, Ben Ahmed (“Hanna”), came up with the idea of basing the fund on ‘Friday Fiver,’ a popular on-set game where crew put £5 ($6.25) into a pot and the name drawn out of a hat wins all.
The fund was created in March as productions began shutting down across the U.K. The ‘Friday Fiver’ scheme quickly became a success with up to 7,000 unemployed film and television industry workers playing each week. Around 80% of the pot goes to the winner, and the remaining 20% goes to the fund.
Workers in need can apply for financial help from the fund, and donors can give via its GoFundMe page. Applications are vetted by Jassal, Turner, Ahmed, unit manager Ross Monaghan (“Pennyworth”), and Charlie Pigram, co-owner of Spotless H20. The group does not charge any fees.
Read the full article on
Variety.com

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AN INTERVIEW WITH FILM LOCATION SCOUT, GEORGETTE TURNER

Ever dreamt of visiting somewhere you have seen in a film? You are not alone, in fact over a quarter of us say that films influence where we want to go on holiday and 36% have added destinations to our ‘bucket lists’ immediately after watching a film.

With this news we wanted to find out more about how location scouts and managers actually find the perfect settings for the films they work on and is their job as enviable as we think it to be, can endless travelling around exotic destinations to find the perfect backdrop really be that hard…?

On The QT Location Services

We are pleased to congratulate our MD Sue Quinn on Winning Several awards in 2014. Sue won the Panavision Project award for her work on “Edge Of Tomorrow”, and  The Film Finances Project Management Award in recognition of her work on films including “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Harry Potter”, but most notably …

MAR BVE 2015

This time last week, we found ourselves on stage before an audience of industry professionals and future filmmakers giving a talk on location managing and scouting. We were joined on stage by Head of the Met Police Film Unit; James Waller, who was on hand to explain his job role, …