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The Business of Film

Explore the intriguing world of film production and find out about the complexities of development, distribution and finance.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

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  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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The Business of Film

Why join the course?

Making a film is a creative exploit, but just like any other business, the aim is also to make money.

The Business of Film has been created by The Open University, in association with Pinewood Studios – the leading provider of studio services to the global screen-based industries. The studios are where Star Wars: Episode VII – the Force Awakens and the 24th James Bond film Spectre were recently filmed.

Using the value chain concept and important independent film case studies, the course provides a practical and in-depth exploration of the key business decisions.

Why do films fail? Why are intellectual property and copyright important? Why do films get public funding? What is the relationship between marketing, box office returns and overall film success?

As well as providing step-by-step guidance on the main processes, this course will also discuss these fascinating questions.

Join us to gain an understanding of the questions you should be asking and the relationships you need to build to ensure the smooth running of your production.

The course will go live on 5 October 2015 to coincide with the 59th BFI London Film Festival.

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When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at those who already have a basic understanding of film production.

Who will you learn with?

Hilary Collins

Hilary is a strategic design academic with research interests in the economic and cultural role of the creative industries. She teaches OU courses in Strategy and Design Thinking

Who developed the course?

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

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