Monday, 8 December 2014


"Cross media convergence and synergy are vital processes in the successful marketing of media products to audiences." To what extent do you agree with this statement in relation to your media area? 

I agree with this statement as cross media convergence is when film companies accidently use other forms of media to promote their film, such as when a film company use Twitter to promote a film by posting links to the film trailer and they can get Twitter to promote their film by putting a link to the film directly onto every Twitter account therefore giving the film more publicity as they do not have to follow the account to see the post.

Also YouTube is used as a convergence as film companies such as Paramount Pictures would have an account where they would post film trailers and behind the scenes interviews with the cast members this would help promote the film as it gives the audience the chance to see parts of the film before it comes out, the companies could then also use other forms of media to post their trailer too increase the amount of people that would watch the film. When watching a video on YouTube there is a recommended column this will allow people to find trailers for films that they have liked or previously watched therefore giving more of a chance to see the trailers.

Another form of cross media convergence is the use of Facebook by film companies, this is useful as the companies can create pages for each film such as Marvel Studios, they have created Facebook pages in which people can like and get notified when they post something new. Marvel Studios have created a page for the promotion of ‘The Avengers’ having a page for a film can help promote it as when people like the page they will be sent notifications about if the page has been updated which will help people keep up to date with everything that is happening with the film. They can also see other film pages that this company has created which will help promote other films that this company and others have created.

Synergy is used when films deliberately join with other companies to promote their film. Such as when magazines create a page or spread to promote a film, a good example of this is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, as this in newspapers such as The Telegraph, this had a seven page spread on reviews and behind the scenes of the film, this would have reached a national population in UK as it is a very popular, well known newspaper.

The Grand Budapest Hotel created a website that revealed secrets about the film before it had come out, this helped market the film to audiences as they could see parts of what the film had in it. Also Grand Budapest Hotel created a recipe for ‘Mendels’ which was the cake used in the film, they also posted a video on YouTube on how to make them, this went viral which means that more people would have seen it as it would have been shared around social media, such as Twitter and Facebook.

Lego is used a synergy company as it creates toys that promote films, such as Back to the Future, many Lego toys have been created to promote the film such as the Delorean which is the car used in the film, this has helped promote the film as children will by this as it is a toy and then wonder where it came from, therefore helping promote the film.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014


“Successful media products depend as much upon marketing and distribution to a specific audience as they do upon good production practices”.  To what extent would you agree with this statement, within the media area you have studied?

I would agree with this statement as in the film as in the film industry, without marketing and/or distribution films would not be able to reach their target audiences, whether it is regarded as a 'good film' by critics. For the majority of films, to make a lot of money, they will need to get their film distributed by a large distribution company, such as Paramount Pictures who are one of the biggest film distribution companies in the world. Paramount Pictures being a world wide distribution company means that the films reach all around the world meaning that more people will see the film, which results in the film making more money. Also being a world wide, respectable distribution company means that they have connections in different types of media such as, newspapers, social media, and others. This means that people can now find out about films easier, and they can share it over social networking sites.

However critics reviews play a  huge part in a films success, this is shown by the film Grand Budapest Hotel, this film was given a 92% from the film review website 'Rotten Tomatoes'. Films with good reviews spark audiences interests as people largely rely on reviews of films before seeing them, this way they can also know which bits are the best and worst as this is what sort of information is in critics reviews, this therefore impacts the film making money.

Although critics reviews can make a difference they also cannot, this is shown by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1, this films got a 66% on 'Rotten Tomatoes, which is okay but not as good as the previous two, it had a budget of $125,000,000 and got a  gross of $225,693,000 despite getting average reviews, this shows that films coming from a film franchise such as The Hunger Games helps the film get money.

Grand Budapest Hotel used a lot of different ways to market the film such as, using a Prada store and decorating it in little pictures and props from the film, Wes Anderson, the director of Grand Budapest Hotel, also produced a video and recipe for creating the 'Mendels' cakes, the video for this went viral meaning that people who did not know about the film could find out about it. This means that more people would have heard about the film therefore more people would have seen the film when it came out meaning more money.

The Avengers did not need good critic reviews as it was a product of Marvel, who is a worldwide respected company with a large fan base of people that would watch this film. One of the places they announced that 'The Avengers' was coming to cinemas was at Comic-Con this is a convention were the majority of people will have a product or have seen or read something that Marvel had produced, this meant that Marvel's target audience was in one convention and with the right slot to release the film and some clips Marvel had already created hype about the film.

Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa, has stated that he thinks cinema tickets in the UK should be cheaper, "A blockbuster can cost $250m and a UK independent film can cost $4m but it’s £10 or more to see both. I think we should see UK films priced at £4 and US films at £10. A trip to the cinema isn’t cheap anymore.” He believes that because the prices for tickets for a Hollywood film and an independent British made film are the same this means that less people are going to see the independent film as they do not want to waste money on something thta they do not recognise.

More films becoming available on DVD or online means that film companies can have their films watched easier this therefore means that more people will watch films creating more money going to the company that made the film. Also films now are coming in high definition and ultra high definition this will encourage more people to spend more money  on the better quality film as this will make for a more enjoyable watch.

In conclusion, I believe that the distribution and marketing of a film is more important than if critics thought that it was a good film or not, as if a film did not get distributed or marketed then almost all of the people would not hear about films being released and if this happened then it would not matter how critics rated it as they would not be able to create a gross profit just from critics seeing their films.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Grand Budapest Hotel Task 3


5 secrets to the film's success.

  1. The UK Secret Cinema did a performance of Grand Budapest Hotel called 'Budapest' this is different as normally this group perform classic films and Fox SearchLight toured a small scale of the hotel form theatres from Hollywood to Berlin.
  2. Some of the props used, such as the moustache wax and bow ties, and the books called the 'The Society of the Crossed Keys' are being sold.
  3. They put out recipes to create the cakes in the film 'Mendels', the video of this went viral and people were sending in their creations of this.
  4. Due to the success of 'Moonrise Kingdom' on 2012 Anderson has now got fans that are significantly younger than his intended audience.
  5. The film got a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this was only beaten by 'Moonrise Kindom' and 'Fantastic Mr Fox' and critics say "We don't see the ceiling yet".

How did Anderson use the QE2 to market the film?
Anderson used the QE2 to show a special screening of the film to guests who were on the cruise ship from New York to London.
What connects Prada to the marketing of this film?
A Prada store in Berlin collaborated with Anderson for the opening of the film Grand Budapest Hotel by decorating their store with little pictures or props from the film which created a 1920's/30's look.

How the plot was revealed:
Through this website small hints are given away to what happens in the film, such as the travel visa that Zero has as he is traveling on the train, there are many more throughout the website.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Grand Budapest Hotel Task 2

The Story

Zero - Anthony Quinonez
M. Gustave - Ralph Fiennes
Dmitri - Adrien Brody
M. Chuck - Owen Wilson
Agatha - Saorise Ronan
Kovacs - Jeff Goldblum
Madame D - Tilda Swinton
Jopling - Willem Dafoe
Serge X - Mathieu Amalric
Henckels - Edward Norton
M.Ivan - Bill Murray
M. Jean - Jason Schwartzman
Young Writer - Jude Law
Mr Moustafa - F. Murray Abraham
Ludwig - Harvey Keitel

Building A Hotel:

Where did scouting for a hotel take place?
Central Europe
Which location did the production team eventually use?

A department store in Goerlitz, East Germany
Did they film on location or on a sound stage?

They filmed on location
Where were the production offices located?

On the top floor of the hotel
How did they film the 60's and 30's hotel?

They created the 60's hotel and filmed those parts and then tore that down and created the 30's hotel which they then filmed on.
Where did inspiration for the hotel's interior come from?

Took ideas from when the production team went around Europe to find a hotel to film at.
How many extras did it take to fill the lobby?

150 extras.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Grand Budapest Hotel Task 1

Grand Budapest Hotel

What is Indian Paintbrush and who owns it?

Indian Paintbrush is a small film production company, that have produced films such as Fantastic Mr Fox, Grand Budapest Hotel, and The Darjeeling Limited. The company is owned by Steve M. Rales in 2007.
Which company is Fox Searchlight a subsiduary of?
20th Century Fox
Which type of films do Fox Searchlight distribute?
Fox Searchlight specialise in the US distribution of independent and British films, drama and horror, as well as non-English language films.
Which two countries financed the film?
England and Germany
What did Anderson use instead of CGI (computer generated imagery)?
Instead of using CGI, Anderson used paintings for the background and he filmed inside hotels.
Where did the inspiration for the Hotel come from?
Palace Bristol Hotel in Karlovy Vary
Which film festival opened with The Grand Budapest Hotel?
64th Berlin International Film Festival
Alexanre Desplat wrote the score, which major Hollywood films has he worked on?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Imitation Game, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Kings Speech, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Godzilla, and The Golden Compass
How many awards has the film won?

Berlin International Film Festival - Jury Grand Prix
David Di Donatello Awards - Best Foreign Film
Golden Trailer Awards - Best Graphics in a TV Spot
Nastro d'Argento - Best Costume Design
World Soundtrack Awards - Best Original Score of the Year
Gotham Awards - Best Feature
Initially how many cinemas did the film open on in the US?
4 Screens
How much did it average per cinema?
$202,791.5 per screen
The film was released on Ultraviolet BluRay, what does this enable consumers to do?
This allows people that buy this sort of BluRay to burn a copy onto a disk without breaking any copyright laws.
Which companies do not support Ultraviolet?
Walt Disney and ITunes
What complaints did Ultraviolet encounter when it launched?

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Representation of disability in TV drama

Mise en scene:
Alex's clothes are brown and he is wearing jeans, the store he is in is bright colours that have connotations for Christmas, this could be to show that Alex's disability makes him different from the rest of society.


At the beginning of the scene Alex is shown to be looked down by the camera by the use a high angle shot, as this presents him as being smaller and insignificant. When Alex is talking to the lady in the shop the camera is looking up at the lady from Alex's point of view, this could suggest that the lady is above Alex as he is disabled and his brother is shown at the same angle as the lady, this is to show that they have more power than Alex. When Alex and his brother are shown in the mirror, his brother is shown in the centre of the shot with Alex on the edge, this could suggest that Alex is less important which links to the stereotype of people with disabilities being marginalised.

The Christmas music is diegetic sound, it could be there to show contrast to Alex's bad mood.