Archive for July 22nd, 2009

Storyland 3

22nd July 2009 by Maura McHugh

The final three webisodes in the Storyland competition are now online and up for voting.

The three left standing are:

  • Hardy Bucks
  • Psych Ward
  • Rental Boys

Voting closes at 5pm on Friday 31st July.

Cork Guild Meeting

22nd July 2009 by Maura McHugh

The first meeting for all members of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild who live in or about Cork will take place at the Cork Film Centre on Thursday 30th July at 6.30pm.

There will be an open agenda, but to give the meeting some structure, David Kavanagh, CEO of the Guild, will present the 2nd Annual ZeBBies Report.

The report covers the period July 2007 to June 2008, and will provide detailed information on the amount of work which was available to writers, the number of writers who developed projects and produced work, and the rates of pay involved therein.

Members are welcome to invite fellow writers, be they Guild members – or mere mortals – for a sober discussion and (if we’re very lucky) a non-sober drink.

We need a minimum number of members to hold this meeting, so please RSVP your attendance to: info[at]script[dot]ie.

Film Box Office Up in 2009

22nd July 2009 by Maura McHugh

The BBC reports that box office takings in the UK and Ireland are on a course to overtake last year’s figures substantially. The box office is already £100 million up on this time last year.

Admissions between January and May 2009 were up 16% on the same period in 2008.

Film production is also up: £535.1m was spent in the UK in the first half of 2009, which makes this the best half-year since 2004.

Yet, a change in UK film tax relief rules has resulted in a drop in co-productions with the UK this year.

At the end of June 2008, the overall box office gross in the UK and Ireland has just passed the £400m mark.

Thanks to hits like Star Trek and Angels and Demons, however, takings for the first half of 2009 exceeded £500m.

Disney’s Bolt was one of several 3D films released in the first half of 2009

According to Film Council researcher David Steele, there has been a “big push” to bring digital 3D capability into UK cinemas.

Films like Disney’s Bolt and Monsters vs Aliens, he continued, had made this move “extremely rational economically”.

More Films More Profit

22nd July 2009 by Maura McHugh

A recent article on the L.A. Times suggests that movie studios should be considering making more films, not less, despite the current economic crisis.

The advice is based on industry research from SNL Kagan, which examined the 611 major studio releases between 2004 and 2008 to create imaginary slates of five, ten, and fifteen films broken down by genre. It then created three versions of each slate, using a variety of genres.

Without getting caught up in the nitty-gritty of the analysis (which is available for a fee here), the end result of their study was that the bigger the slate, the better the odds for profit. The five-film slate had a net loss of $94 million. The 10-film slate had almost $140 million in profit, while the 15-film slate had $466.4 million in profit. The study, which used a time frame of 12 years to determine the results, assumed 8% in distribution costs and 10% profit-participation and also included video and television revenues.

New Short Plays Sought

22nd July 2009 by Maura McHugh

What’s On Tom? is a newly-formed theatre company in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny which will be staging a programme of new works at The Red Door Theatre.

It will showcase six new plays staged back-to-back over the course of each evening’s performance.

As a result the company is searching for new short plays, each no more than 10-15 minutes long.

Script submissions may be sent in hard copy format to:

What’s on Tom?
Grennan Watermill
Mill Street
Co. Kilkenny

The closing date for submission is the 11th September 2009.

All enquiries to: