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michael ogden

michael ogden

UK

writer director of the upcoming 'Charlie' feature produced by Paul Forrest and Blue Pencil Investments.

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  • Comment on: Filling Tessa Ross's big shoes

    michael ogden's comment 4-Apr-2014 12:42 pm

    And yet still the last English team in the CL with half a chance. Football. Bloody hell.

  • Comment on: Why the UK is missing out on co-production

    michael ogden's comment 12-Mar-2014 10:41 am

    As someone who's tried to co produce (with Italy) it's almost impossible to find partners who are proactive about bringing some finance to the table. They mostly expect to service local tax breaks with you bringing in all the money or are rather incompetent/fishy when it comes to a straight answer. I realise that may sound stereotypical but I set out on my films journey with optimism at making the best film possible. I feel jaded at the lack of support I had from UK funds and co producers I've dealt with. It's a vague mess and as Pauline points out, not being part of Eurimages doesn't help.

  • Comment on: UK film industry: All white at the top

    michael ogden's comment 9-Jan-2014 6:58 pm

    I'm not belittling the issue, just pointing out that if you're going to do it for one group, do it for all. You know, openness, like not posting 'Anonymous'. There's too much of that in the media biz.

  • Comment on: UK film industry: All white at the top

    michael ogden's comment 9-Jan-2014 3:18 pm

    But there's a massive difference in encouraging one minor disadvantaged sector of society to become for instance a boom operator than it is to prioritise applications for funding a piece of work like a film or TV show like some here have suggested.

  • Comment on: UK film industry: All white at the top

    michael ogden's comment 9-Jan-2014 1:46 pm

    I'm not sure how fair this idea is. It's tremendously hard to get a film or TV show going. Learning to write or develop something compelling takes time to learn, never mind master. Film makers from all walks of life have to go through this. Why should anyone be given a free pass because of their colour or ethnicity? Why does it have to be about the colour of ones skin? Why can't it also be about class? This business is also riddled with class bias but no one's doing much about that not to mention female or gay/transgender issues. If you want to make a film, TV or other media just go and do it. Managing to stick around long enough is your worst enemy. Just a thought or three.

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