I just came out of a very interesting delegates session at Edinburgh International Film Festival
A panel of industry experts had been assembled which encompassed the whole of the production process from agent, producer, public funder, UK and International distribution and Internet marketing.
The panel were given a fictional first time producer / director team …complete with photoshop created mugshots, with a track record of a good short film and some good film scripts.
The audience then selected which film would go into production and the panel discussed and negotiated with each other through all the process involved in the completion of the film .
Various problems were thrown into the equation and the panel had to explain how they would react and support or guide the director with problems like an actor with acute anxiety problems and a disgruntled twittering screenwriter.
This created a fascinating insight into the interactions between all the parties involved as they worked to bring the film to the market. I was surprised at the close involvement of the funders and distributors. e.g watching all the first weeks rushes. …to check that all was OK. How they could tell from the rushes the mood of the crew.
A good session, which got away from the normal reminiscent led industry panel discussions.