sandip mahal's Comments
Comment on: Neil Jordan, Byzantium
We all miss Palace Pictures 's passionate filmic energy
Comment on: Cannes Palme d'Or goes to Kechiche's Blue
Thank god the diversity of films can offset the multiplex fodder that is currently melting my eyes rendering them as lifeless orbs
Comment on: BFI pre-Cannes Lunch
and.......... Anything exciting happen?
Comment on: David Hasselhoff
Hoff[add title here] is essentially the idea. Right?
Comment on: NYU Graduate slate comes to Cannes
Harking back to the days when the likes of John Carpenter's film school ended up being a box office cult hit... Dark Star
Comment on: Content boards Pudsey project
If this kind of film is going to promote British Films then the industry is screwed. I am now going to shoot myself in the face while clutching my film script....... A simple story that promotes London and doesn't feature any talking dogs
Comment on: Siren, Solution launch fund
Since the demise of Revolver somebody needs ti keep the wheels if the British Film Industry turning....
Comment on: CNN Films, Cinedigm acquire Our Nixon
CNN Films should be called Turner Pictures Redux
Comment on: Zach Braff turns to Kickstarter
It's interesting to see if this will gather any traction on kickstarter. Almost as weird as Peter 'mainstream' Berg going to Cannes last year for funding coin
Comment on: FFI to sell Amy Winehouse doc
Thankfully a doc that is not sensationalist tabloid tattle and will show a side that was rarely seen. Senna was a triumphant tour de force that put you in the action
Comment on: Netflix closing on HBO subscriber level
Needs more data is rather telling on their original programming agenda but make no mistake, the Kevin Spacey vehicle was always going to be a loss leader that drives punters in as overall subscribers base. It's always good to shake up the traditional business model
Comment on: Thatcher's film legacy
The book is Icons on Fire:The Rise and Fall of Almost Everybody in the British Film Industry by Alexander Walker... Not so much about Thatcher but still an amazing read on the graveyard of broken companies that litter the eighties and all the more relevant considering Revolver's demise in much the same way as Goldcrest and Palace Pictures.... If more industry folk read this there's a chance of maintaining a more noble industry... I smiled as I wrote the last line
Comment on: Thatcher's film legacy
Also worth reading. Alexander Walker's books on 80's cinema.... Some gained, most lost
Comment on: Film Education to close after 26 years
Typical lack of foresight
Comment on: Killer's Vachon, Koffler talk VOD opportunities
When the studios stick to their old methods and get left behind, it's always down to these visionaries to look to the future....
Comment on: Puttnam takes aim at VPF model
Trust Puttnam to put things right!
Comment on: BFI backs feature debuts
Thank god female are given a chance to find a wider audience! Next up black and Asian talent...
Comment on: CinemaCon to honour Lin
Such an accolade begs the question, why was Fast Five (the pimped up Enid Blyton story) shut out of the Oscars?
Comment on: Reliance MediaWorks taps Murphy as CCO
Basically driving down prices of cgi houses by moving them offshore
Comment on: Inception Media Group launches in UK
I want to work for Maura Ford
Comment on: Bradley Cooper joins Jane
Oops... Creative differences
Comment on: Film London boosts TV budget
This is a cyclical beast where the producers will come to town, abuse the system, government gets a noted and the system is stopped... Media's own version of boom and bust
Comment on: Inception Media Group launches in UK
As Sumner Redstone said all along.. Content is King
Comment on: Prana affiliate prevails in R&H auction
Blame the studios... They are the ones squeezing the US animators
Comment on: Ang Lee: 3D offers 'so much realism'
Shooting 3D has to become cheaper in the long run
Comment on: Requiem for Revolver
yes, the arguments from friends of mine are that Revolver did not pay people but they gave the opportunity for movies to be released that would otherwise be stuck in development hell. History always repeats itself, look at Palace Pictures, Miramax, Hemdale Films.... they were bad payers but bold visionaries. In an ideal world we need honesty but unfortunately the industry is full of sharks.... better the devil you know
Comment on: EuropaCorp sets up US office
interesting to see how town will take to these talented Europeans!
Comment on: Warners, Paramount unite with Nolan
Can't wait for this!
From Calvinist to Mentalist
Comment on: CBS Films find Coen Brothers
Sounds like a better idea than that awful Harrison Ford flick
Comment on: Ken Loach, The Spirit of '45
Hope everyone sees this documentary.....
Comment on: BFI earmarks $1.6m for co-pros
I just hope they get decent British scripts to screen
Comment on: High street blues
Tough times indeed
Comment on: G.I. Joe: Retaliation gets limited IMAX release
Is it Chrustmas? Coz I smell a turkey.....
Comment on: Roger Corman, GJ Echternkamp: Virtually Heroes
Interesting about the distributers...
Any money left for a Satpal Ram doc and Goethe racism in the prison service?
Comment on: The diversity opportunity
I read about this diversity issue every six months in broadcastnow and honestly very little changes. Minorities get marginalised apart from the odd person that makes it but really, it's all talk. We are still 20 years behind America and also its a shame diverse UK talent is moving to America for better parts... Check out my zeroheadroom blog as it covers the same ground
Comment on: eOne aims to release most UK films, add another territory in 2013, build on US partnerships
Sounds like they have the street smarts of the old Miramax... Before Disney bought them out
Comment on: Nagisa Oshima dead at 80
An inspiration to the art house directors that have followed him
Comment on: Showtime orders Sam Mendes horror drama
Television is the way to go.....
Comment on: Goldcrest offers three docs at Sundance
There is that crass overused word: diversity.... Nothing has changed in the last 10 years to develop black and Asian talent. Thank you for watching
.... From the director of Home Alone
Very Interesting viewpoint on the death of film... Face it labs were expensive and onerous costs shut out a lot of talent until digital came in
wasn't Brick overrated? Or is it just me?
Comment on: James Higgins
They don't market films like they used too!
Comment on: Mel Brooks to receive AFI lifetime honour
...and Robin Hood:Men in Tights
Comment on: RoboCop set to start production
Or it might end up like Xanadu
and Liberia expects its dignity to be restored by this! Zut alors
Comment on: Psychic Octopus doc team plans zombie project
paul died along with England's dreams
why can't the studios pay for this Hollywood B movie? Worldwide money should be invested in quality product
Comment on: BFI unveils new five-year plan including Lottery annual production funding boost to £28.2m
hopefully the money will go to new talent development rather than the ones that have consistently failed to deliver.
Comment on: Roundtable: The Age of the Entrepeneur
having a multiplatform business also means that people from diverse backgrounds who are routinely shut out from the mainstream media now have a chance to build/ find an online audience for their work. Open source applications like drupal are now easier to build towards user engagement. The big media companies may have the financial muscle to corner the best cinema screens and to carve up digital television channels but the freeness of the web puts everyone at a level playing field. Those companies still have the television/ cinema mentality when moving to the web thinking money will buy them access and for the most part are hopelessly last century. You just need to look at how Dogwoof engages its audience....
Comment on: The X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz talks new UK spy series Hunted, working in the UK and a feature sequel to The X-Files
Will this filter down to British writing talent?
Comment on: Roland Joffe
his films without Bruce Robinson fared less successfully...
at last! Protection for the creative process much like America.
we are going back to the late 80's script boom
Comment on: Sales Scene Heats Up
boom and bust mentality
Comment on: Fortune Cookies to shoot at Elstree Studios
is that work experience as in free labour?
cameron probably thinks this isn't commercial enough, but this British cinema
Comment on: Alcon takes Peli's Chernobyl Nights
sounds like Baywatch Nights with spookybits
Comment on: The Market Vs The Movie
what they need is a dice rolling Weinstein
proves that there is still huge value in directing shorts
Comment on: Taking The Plunge
flying the flag for quality
art linson's books on producing should come with a layer of thick skin
Comment on: Universal backs down over Tower Heist PVoD plan
financial madness! And a wrong business model harking back to when rental Vhs tapes were 60 quid a pop
Comment on: To Be Or Not To Be...in a Franchise
this is the second Willis film to go straight to dvd after the poor mostow flick
don't think he'll be Working with Larry Clark anytime soon...
Comment on: Sony's Pascal, Lynton mourn death of John Calley
a rare producer who actually saw cinema as art, not commerce
Comment on: Eddie Murphy to host 84th Academy Awards
as long as he doesn't sing from his album
british producers need a shot of this in their arm
Comment on: Tintin and the hunt for box-office treasure
this strategy is nothing new and worked very well for Mr Bean! Grossing 100 million before it's US premiere at a time when that figure meant something
Comment on: Mike Downey and Sam Taylor
the British Miramax.. If only more companies had the same vision..
these are the Kind of filmmakers that Will get British films made..shame people have to work for free for it to happen...
it's the English Patient with a an American actor
Comment on: Made In Britain, but not set there
Britain needs to invest in development like America
Comment on: Made In Britain, but not set there
the simple fact that Screen champion up and coming contemporary filmakers is a great showcase of what should be made. They simply need a chance to get their projects made
no mention of his eccentric world war 2 film
Comment on: Bold visions needed from new festival heads
finally the artistic directors get centre stage. A juggling act for art of commerce
but will they be innovative as this is what the genre needs
Comment on: Alan Parker & Arjun Rose
great interview with no nonsense advice!
Comment on: BFI's first Lottery funded projects include projects by Glazer, Creevy, Marsh, Mackenzie, Branagh
i agree with the 'usual suspects' comment... shame everyone likes to hide behind anonymity to say it..
How in depth will they go in terms of media representation?
Comment on: 2011: A Golden Awards Season
The Harvey Weinsteins of the world are the only people to stick out the speciality market through thick and thin while Studios fall in love with films like The Kings Speech and fall out of love with the diminishing returns in a cannibalised market. They will always return to tentpole movies and leave the market for the Harvey Weinsteins of the world.
Comment on: Superhero Fatigue
the same happened with the horror and the mid 80's faddist breakdance genre to name two! Horror has 2 years left before it's burnt out and we await for the revival of breakdance as a social enterprise. The studios will milk this dry! .... @sandip_ mahal
remember when ITV went into film production. Lawn Dogs did not win the oscar that year and wasn't the only thing that had a sad ending
every five years the majors buy into the niche market based on a major breakout hit then abandon it when their slate do middling business. Miramax understood it's a long term game. Not three years and see
time will tell.......
it's a novelty like 1950's 3D... And should be treated as such
Comment on: The World Belongs To Rio
Polygram did this to great effect with Mr Bean where it grossed 100 million before it hit the states.
Comment on: Plan B joins cast of The Sweeney
if it is a cop film with two buddies set in the modern day it's not really the Sweeney is it? You may as well call it Starskey and Hutch UK.. Oh, the characters are called Carter and Regan
it's great that there is Hope in getting documentaries made and showcased now that traditional funding has dried up. Maybe an in depth article would be insightful
film ideas such as this Will rapidly kill off the horror genre Unless this flick is as good as Outpost for which it shares a genre angle. Too many small operators are flooding the market with little thought out digital movies.
one word.. Polygram.
does this mean there Will be less red tape and hoop jumping or Will it dissolve back into favouritism? My opinion is not one of an optimist
for equity investment they might as well pump their 20% in the microwave film fund
Comment on: Industry worries about MEDIA's future
it's hard enough trying to find funding and the loss of this Will cause long term damage to European cinematic heritage. The next generation of talent Will end up migrating to Hollywood leaving a huge talent gap.
Comment on: Mourning Eichinger
he seemed to have the taste of Weinstein without the ego problems
what this industry needs is cine literate hustlers in the vein of Harvey Weinstein and Stephen Woolley who get their films made by sheer force of nature.
no jon peters?