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Video Nasties

The Evil Dead, The Living Dead and the dead wrong | Film | The Guardian

This was the event that got me interested in censorship. It is interesting to finally view those films deemed nasty – which also includes films dubbed nasty by the Media and action groups, such as The Exorcist and Clockwork Orange. There are some great films in the list, but these are for more interesting for the Low budget approach to film making that experiments with the process and influences mainstream cinema. The Flying bike footage in the forests of Endor from The Return of the Jedi? Same technique as used by Sam Raimi in The Evil Dead to show the spirits rushing through the forest – but Sam did it for $5!

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Female Directors in the Observer

Lisa Cholodenko: ‘I wanted to make a film that was not sanctimonious or sentimental’ | Interview | Film | The Observer

Women directors: the new generation | Features | Film | The Observer

UK Film Industry needs to go no Budget

UK film-makers ‘frittering away millions’ | Business | The Observer

The UK Film Makers are apparently wasting huge amounts of money. I would argue this is on commercially non-viable films that no one wants to see. RThis may be due to our “arts” approach to media rather than a business approach, but we can find a happy medium where we maintain artistic integrity while producing something on budget that actually has an audience.

Rushing half-baked scripts into production, then fixing problems during the shoot or at the editing stage, also took its toll on production costs, Jones warned. So did agents who demanded that their actors got first-class travel, their own makeup artist and a special diet.

“For every cinema ticket sold, 75% goes to the cinema, so what goes back to the film-makers is usually a quarter of the box-office figure,” said Jones. “If you’re running a business, making multimillion-pound productions, you cannot afford routinely to lose money.”

He added that the British film industry could not continue to spend millions of pounds making films that, with the latest technology, should no longer cost more than £500,000. “In 2010 there’s been a tidal wave of new technology – particularly the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, a camera that costs £1,500 and yields images like 35mm film [used in cinemas]. The digital equivalent would have cost £100,000 only a year ago. You don’t need expensive cameras any more.”

So, new direction – let’s train students to organise and budget! Oh, wait… we already do…

And the response…
Chris Jones, the film-maker who likes to say cut | Film | guardian.co.uk

But there’s something queasy about the other side of this equation too: the finger-wagging tallying of unrecouped funds, with the implication that British film should be solely focused on movies made to turn a profit (often described with varying accuracy as “films people want to see”). All very sexily hard-headed, of course – but at the same time meaningless. Every Hollywood studio exists to make money – they also know that every film is a gamble, and cheap, explicitly commercial movies die lonely deaths at the box office just as often as every other kind.

Web 2.0 Blackout experiment

US college blocks Facebook and Twitter in social experiment | Media | The Guardian

Interesting effects  -worth more of a look I think.

Engage brain, then headline writers

Great anatomy of a Tabloid Scare Story.
Tabloid Watch: PCC must act over Express’ ‘Muslim Plot to Kill Pope’ front page

News International see themselves as above the law

We have the editors and controllers of media groups who will ignore requests to attend hearings. Said executives have been accused of flouting laws by illegally gaining information by accessing phone messages without consent. At what point did they become more important that the Law? Read the rest of this entry

Newprt Spoof Blocked from release

Newport State of Mind: songwriters pulled the video from YouTube | Media | guardian.co.uk

The Parody “Newport State of Mind” has been removed from YouTube after the original 7 writers of ‘Empire State of Mind” refuse to allow the parody to be released.
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Teaching Copyright Podcast

I had the good fortune to chat with some very experienced and knowledgeable professionals form teh Creative Industries about copyright and how it affects them. Each had a diferent story to tell, and in this podcast I have condensed these to pass onto teachers.
This is designed to be used to inform you of the state of play of copyright, while allowing you to have access to case studies to help explain them to students.
Andrew Buchanan, a producer who specialises in Wildlife documentaries talking about his experience with the limitations of access and how it effects the creative process.
Phil Shepherd – who works extensively in Community Media Projects, talking about low budget film making and issue with music clearance
Bernard Pearson, who is a 3d artist dealing with sculptures in ceramics on the issues with business and, through his connections with Terry Pratchett, about the issues with dealing with large companies who just want control over the copyright.
David Handley, an animator who has worked with Aardman and Disney projects who expresses teh understanding of copyright from and artists and consumers point of view.

My thanks to all involved – I really learned a lot, and I really hope to pass it on as effectively as possible.


Alan Hardcastle Teaching Copyright by Al2erego

Fear of a Web Law

Ben Goldacre responded to Gillian McKeith with a Tweet that asked her to chat with him about Libel. He has a very strong opinion about libel suppressing free speech which comes from years of opposing it’s use by Pharmaceutical giants.

The response was one of distancing ‘Gillian McKeith’ from her on-line records. This appears to be so that, in a court of law, she can claim that they are nothing to do with her.

An interesting experiment might be to trawl through everything she has said via Twitter, and break the copyright on them. Lets say we do this – print any previous comments by her onto T-shirts and sell them to raise money for a Charity, or even better, set up a legal-aid type fund to help people caught in pointless litigation cases involving Libel that is actually suppressing free speech. Call it the ‘@gillianmckeith fund’.

Then we can see how fast she ‘owns’ those statements.

BBC News – Be careful what you tweet

Vanishing tweets start argument between Gillian McKeith and Ben Goldacre | News & Politics | News & Comment | The First Post

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Jack of Kent: The Integrity and Honesty of @gillianmckeith

Rant in © Minor

After much reading and talking about Copyright, a few things have gotten to me. So here is me getting it off my chest – unedited, so I apologise for any grammatical errors I have left intact. But hey, it is a rant.

Bernard Pearson is a 2d & 3d artists who works in styles & techniques. He learned by copying these techniques – Sampling, if you will, different artists’ styles and different arts to apply to his own practice.

This does not contravene copyright. Skill is the artistic application of said variety of ideas that are being combined into a new piece of work. If he had copied a piece by another artists and it looked exactly the same, then he would have infringed copyright. If he made a 3d figure of a 2d drawing by someone else, he may have broken copyright. If he took both ideas, combined them and added a little of himself, not copyright infringement.

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