Posts Tagged ‘online content’

Fair Payment for Online Use

14th November 2017 by Maura McHugh

As the European Parliament handed out its cinema award – the Lux Prize – Europe’s associations of screenwriters and directors and their collective management organisations congregated in Strasbourg to meet MEPs and new Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel with a clear message: despite the welcome benefits of awards ceremonies like the Lux prize, many screenwriters and directors are unable to sustain a career as an author.

They face income instability, weak bargaining power and high-risk during the unpaid development stage of new projects. On top of that, as more people pay to watch their favourite films and TV shows online, screenwriters and directors often find themselves unable to share in that economic success.

They are calling on Axel Voss, rapporteur for European Parliament report on the draft Copyright Directive, to strengthen the existing provisions on transparency and fair remuneration in contracts, and to include an unwaivable right to remuneration that will ensure that on-demand platforms have to negotiate royalty payments for screenwriters and directors with their collective management organisations.

A delegation of screenwriters and directors led by Oscar-nominated German screenwriter, Fred Breinersdorfer will meet Commissioner Gabriel on 15th November to discuss the Commission’s legislative proposals.

FERA, FSE and SAA congratulate director and screenwriter, Amanda Kernell for winning the LUX Prize with Sami Blood. Robin Campillo and Philippe Mangeot’s 120 BPM and Valeska Grisebach’s Western were the other finalists who received distribution support through the subtitling into all the languages of the European Union.

Quotes

Cécile Despringre, Executive Director of SAA said: “The time for rhetoric on fair remuneration for authors is over. Draft legislation is on the table, Members of the Parliament must now show they have the political will to tackle this issue.”

Pauline Durand Vialle, CEO of FERA added: “The authors’ community in Europe must be empowered to make the best of its future: we call on the Members of the Parliament to give us the tools to build sustainable careers in the digital era.”

David Kavanagh, Executive Officer of FSE said: “The problems of authors’ remuneration cannot be solved by our marketplace. We need legislative and regulatory solutions from the European Union.”


Cinema On Demand Available

10th December 2010 by Maura McHugh

Curzon on demandThe Artificial Eye cinema group, Curzon Cinemas, has launched Curzon On Demand, which will enable Irish and UK viewers to watch the latest cinema releases in HD at home.

Home audiences will be able to order the films they would like to watch on their laptops, mobiles or television and will have the film on their different screening media for seven days.

Starting today the service will launch with Mathieu Amalric’s burlesque comedy On Tour (co-written with Philippe Di Folco, Marcelo Novais Teles and Raphaëlle Valbrune) and Brian Welch’s drama In Our Name (which he wrote and directed) being made available to home audiences on the same day as their theatrical release.

Curzon On Demand will offer audience members new cinema releases, as well as a selection of other contemporary and classic films.

Storyland 3

18th November 2010 by Maura McHugh

RTÉ StorylandThis year’s projects for Storyland, RTÉ’s Online Video competition, have been announced:

  • Rent A Friend from Kilkenny-based Thankless Films: YouTube
  • Free House from Holywood-based Waddell Media: YouTube & Facebook
  • Street Cobra from Dublin-based Load Productions: YouTube & Facebook
  • Lucky Run from Galway-based Catchyname Productions: YouTube
  • The Outlaw Concy Ryan set in Limerick from Two Hungry Fish Productions: YouTube
  • Standards set in Newbridge from Faidra Films: Vimeo
  • The Last Security Man from Dublin-based Odyssey Media: YouTube
  • The Masterplan from Dublin-based Rank Outsider: YouTube

Writing Digital Fiction

9th November 2010 by Maura McHugh

FAS Screen Training IrelandFÁS Screen Training Ireland is looking for applicants for a new course, Writing Digital Fiction, which is a 6-day event, spread over 3 weekends in December and January starting the 11 December 2010.

Participant Profile:
This course is aimed at writers who are interested in developing their skills in series writing specifically for online, interactive and digital media fiction.

The first module of this course will run in December and the other 2 modules in January.

Course Profile:
On this course writers will cover all stages and steps involved in project development from identification of a good idea through to full scripts. Writers will work together under the direction of experienced Head Writers Luke Hyams (Kate Modern, Dubplate Drama) and Melanie Martinez (Sophia’s Diary) to develop and write a drama series for online exploitation. The course will replicate the writer’s room experience.

Luke Hyams and Melanie Martinez will co-ordinate writing phases of projects in a “Showrunner” capacity, developing writers’ understanding of working in a professional Writer’s Room environment as well as the craft and skill of creating digital fiction projects.

Writers will work together in teams to develop outlines, treatments, series bibles and project pitches, first draft scripts, along with outlines for online character pages, micro-sites, blogs, and transmedia elements as may be appropriate for their projects.

The course will also explore the opportunities which exist for writers to develop projects which appeal to new and emerging markets for media.

The course will cover the following:

  • Team Writing, and working in the Writer’s Room
  • An understanding of the internet and transmedia storytelling
  • Finding an audience, audience identification, audience engagement
  • Concept and Idea generation
  • Recognising a saleable idea
  • The different online narrative formats
  • Ideas and the market
  • Story development, durations and demographics
  • Playing with the format, continuous narrative, episodic tags and hooks
  • Understanding genre and tone
  • Trends in Transmedia/Cross-Platform Projects
  • Writing for different platforms
  • Building an online community

Cost of the course is €200, and details on how to apply are on the web site.

Darklight Transmedia Symposium

14th October 2010 by Maura McHugh

Darklight 2010On Friday 29 October, from 10am – 6pm in Filmbase, Dublin the Darklight Festival will be running a Transmedia Symposium.

Official Festival Industry Partner Irish Film Board/Bord Scannan na hEireann, producer Katie Holly and festival director Nicky Gogan put their heads together to programme a day of information, discussion, workshops and advice open to all aspiring and practicing creative folk.

This is a day-long event that will explore the potential of digital and analogue networks as a creative tool for storytelling, as well as a means to reach audiences and finance and distribute films. the international and Irish guests will discuss all aspects of Transmedia production.

Topics on the agenda include fund-raising models, distribution platforms and crowd-sourcing collectives, and we’ll also be looking at what it means to write, direct and produce projects destined for the big screen, the small screen, the internet, apps, graphic novels, live performance and immersive experiences.

The Darklight Season Pass allows access to all screenings, workshops, gigs and the symposium for the sum of €75. Season Passes are available now to purchase in person or over the phone via the IFI box-office 01 6795744. Day passes for the symposium on Friday 29 October are €40 and can be purchased online.