The Producers Prod event had a panel of established Film producers who discussed their experiences in the industry and how to overcome the hurdles and challenges that are facing independent producers in Britain today.
Topics of discussion where:
-What skills are required to cut it as a producer
-Finding that perfect script/project to work on
-Raising money for your project and where to find it
– Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS/SEIS) and what does it all mean
-The constraints of a films budget and schedule and how to overcome it
-Keeping motivated, dedicated and committed in todays film industrys climate
Neil Thompson –
Neil co-founded Formosa Films with the producer Martin Carr as a UK based company to make edgy, commercial projects for an international market.
Cubbed written by Bafta winner Geoff Thompson, starring Mel Raido, Colin Salmon and Maxine Peake was released theatrically in UK and France in 2009. The film has sold to over twenty international territories and was the top selling title in HMV on week of release.
TWENTY8K, co written by Emmy and Bafta winner Paul Abbott had a UK release in October 2012. The film boasts an amazing cast including Parminder Nagra, Nichola Burley, Jonas Armstrong and Stephen Dillane among many others. The film gets a US release in October 2013.
Formosa are now developing Top Shelf and edgy romantic comedy scheduled to shoot in 2014 subject to cast. They also have several more features in development while also working on several international co-productions as the UK partner.
Neil was a guest of honour at the Producer’s Network at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and was selected for TAP in 2012 where producers from Europe, Canada and the US attended Berlin, Strategic Partners in Halifax and No Borders in New York. He regularly speaks on industry panels about UK film finance and in particular the current market for EIS/SEIS funding.
James Harris –
James has a background in production having cut his teeth on low budget productions and worked through the ranks to eventually emerge as an accomplished producer on prison drama Screwed prior to launching Tea Shop.
The Tea Shop & Film Company is an independent film production company which was set up by James and Mark Lane with the mantra of making smart, commercial, genre films on a budget by utilising the two different skill sets of its founders.
Tea Shop instantly found success with it’s first film, comedy horror Cockneys Vs Zombies which was released by Studio canal UK in 2012. This was followed by gritty action thriller Tower Block which was released by Lionsgate UK. Tea Shop followed by producing two features back to back, Green Street Hooligans: Underground and I AM SOLDIER for Lionsgate UK, both of which are due for release in 2013. The Tea Shop & Film Company has a diverse slate of feature film projects from new and established talent.
Dean Fisher –
In January 2006, Dean Fisher embarked on his first feature film, Night Junkies, a dark, sexy, urban vampire thriller. Shot on a micro budget of £50,000 the film was sold to over 14 countries. Dean then went on to produce his second feature City Rats through an EIS. The film starred Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan for the first time since the hit films The Football Factory and The Business. City Rats premiered at Sundance in Jan 2009 and on May 2009 City Rats entered the charts at number 3, having sold a staggering 26,365 copies in its first week, with combined sales of over 400,000 units in the UK.
After that Dean went on to produce several other features including the Sci Fi horror Stormhouse; The boxing thriller The Man Inside, which stars Peter Mullan, Michelle Ryan, David Harewood and Ashley Bashy Thomas; The crime thriller Interview with a Hitman, which stars the world famous Luke Goss and the high concept comedy Its A Lot which is due to be released next week at the theaters.
Dean has completed work on his next production, a thriller entitled Squat, written by David Marconi the writer of Die Hard 4 and Enemy of the State.
Please click on the podcast below to listen in on the talk 🙂