SELECTED NEWS JULY 2020

Updated: Jul 10, 2020



July 2020


INSURING PRODUCTIONS

Insurance companies which have made their specialty to cover productions of all kinds, have had to satisfied numerous claims due to covid-19 and the productions abrupt halt.

They are now counting their losses and while the different actors of the entertainment industry are eager to resume, Insurance companies are in no rush to cover again while the pandemic is not over.

It is particularly difficult for independent producers and production companies which financing is often tied-up with coverage, no insurance, no financing, no production.

To be clear, a project well insured provides producers with peace of mind. Should the Director get sick for whatever reason and needs 2 weeks to recover, insurances would takeover the compensation of the production team during that period.

Insurance companies still willing to insure a production, are now demanding premiums producers cannot afford or reallocate money already budgeted.

Like in many other industries, entertainment will likely need the help of the federal government to put the train back on the rails.


SYNCH LICENSING

With the explosion of independently produced videos, the need for music to illustrate them is proportionally growing.

However, selecting music for your video means getting the proper authorizations regardless of your video purpose. Doing your homework on what you can do and how, is essential to avoid legal issues. Negotiating the right to use someone else's music can be complex and time consuming.

With Music Partner, choosing the adequate music for your video is easy. They have removed the bumps and cleared the use of their music in your video no matter which vehicle would support it: Private, Social Media, Video Games, Network TV, Cable, Streaming Platforms, Corporate use...

Visit musicpartner.tv and see how easy it is to download exciting music for your projects.


IS SCORING BACK?

Digital music production was not affected as much by the current health crisis, however, restrictions applied to live performances are still in effect. As productions of major projects are looking to resume, so is scoring their music but how do you social distance a symphony orchestra?

Even in fairly large studios, the musicians proximity from one another allowed for multi directional microphones to pick all the sound details and volume from playing together.

Imagine a minimum of 6 feet of space around each musician. Their performance is affected by this lack of proximity and capturing the sound requires now a lot more microphones and different record settings.

Not to mention the brass section. Blowing in a trumpet or a French horn while wearing a mask is totally impractical and playing your horn creates respiratory aerosols that may carry the dreadful virus in the air for a while. Suddenly, it is 9 to 12 feet of space required for safety.

While many musicians are looking to go back to work within an orchestra ensemble, most of them are freelancers and going back to work is up to them. No matter how advanced is the technology, working remotely may not be an option for them. Regardless of the "gig", playing together which is what musicians do, may not be in their near future.


VIDEO GAMES ADAPTATION

Since the early 1990s with "Super Mario Bros" the craze for video games has motivated filmmakers to adapt the central stories into motion pictures.

The popularity of the games have not always translated into box office major success.

It may be that what seems realistic while playing a game, becomes absurd on the big screen, it could be that when playing, you have a level of control you are losing watching an adaptation and get disappointed by the outcome. Comparing the watching pleasure of a movie to the playing pleasure of the game is dangerous and sets you up for big disappointment.

The futuristic stories of "Mortal Kombat" or "Assassin's Creed" seem to have seduced those who never played the game better, than the gamers. For the past 25 years, the mixed success of films inspired by video games did not stop investments in such productions.

Earlier this year, "Sonic the Hedgehog" was released. The old Sega character had been pretty popular in its time but who is playing Sonic today?

Well, since we made the point that none gamers may like the movie better, it doesn't really matter whether the game is played or not. This is a family movie, addressing the interest of a younger audience, using CGI and comic situations from the king of comic situations: Jim Carrey who signs his return to the big screen. Unlikely to become a model of the genre, if you have kids under 15, you may have a good time.


SOLD OUT!

Times are strange indeed. June would normally see some blockbuster films directed by Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, James Cameron or Michael Bay.

How a $0 budget movie was #1 of the box office on June 10?

“Unsubscribe” is a 30-minute film made entirely online with $0 investment.

Author and Director Christian Nilsson and actor/youtuber Eric Tabach pitched their idea to actors Charlie Tahan, Michelle Khare, Tyler Brash, Zach Kornfeld, Thomas Brag, Sneako and Lauren Brodauf.

The plot is intriguing, 5 youtubers are joining a zoom video call and are being trolled by a mysterious hacker.

Despite the presence of an impressive cast for a 30-minute film, the overall cost of production is $0. How did they top the box office?

While the movie theaters are closed, some independent theater owners rent their room for private use. Nilsson and Tabach rented a theater in WestHampton New York for one night, bought all the tickets, played the film to an audience of two and got the #1 movie at the box office.

While “Unsubscribe” will unlikely remain a landmark for its craft, the PR coup, aftermath of Nilsson and Tabach production, is nothing short of genius.

Their production has become a worldwide phenomenon. Articles have been written in many languages, celebrating a number one box office in North America, a 30-minute horror film made with no money.

Congratulations to Christian and Eric, we are still talking about it.


ENNIO MORRICONE

A huge name of the entertainment industry said goodbye on July 6, 2020.

Ennio Morricone is instantaneously recognizable. You may not remember his face but you cannot forget his music.

Morricone has scored over 400 films and TV series spanning 65 years of an intense passion for music and storytelling. His music was known to add so much value to a film, many Directors and Producers have solicited his scoring services. Sergio Leon of course but also all the Italian Directors of his generation and beyond the Italian borders with Terence Young, Henri Verneuil, Don Siegel, John Boorman, Barry Levinson or more recently, Quentin Tarantino. A French movie critic once said: "You go to see a Sergio Leon's movie for the plot, you go a second time for Morricone's music".

Ennio was 91.


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