Fans of the big screen are being invited to take part in an action packed day to celebrate Manchester’s film industry.

July 4, 2010

Fans of the big screen are being invited to take part in an action packed day to celebrate Manchester’s film industry.

A series of events is being held at venues across the city to bring together actors, writers, directors and film fans, on Saturday, July 17.

We wanted to bring the people of Salford and Manchester together to celebrate our thriving creative media and film industry,” said Mark Ashmore, of Salford-based film and media production studio Future Artists, which is organising the event to mark its first birthday.

We have some amazingly talented people in the City, who adapt to change as if it where in their blood, media is changing, social media has changed everything, and the way we make film is changing, these are changing times don’t you know, so this event states this and our future artists intentions”

The Picnic in the Park event will start at noon with a conference at the Zion Arts Centre, in Hume, to give people the chance to discuss press issues in the local and global film industry.

This will be follow at 1pm by a giant picnic to be held at Hume Park with the whole of Manchester invited.

People can come to our conference and get the chance to talk about whatever they want,” said Jenny Inchbald, who is also from Future Artists.

It doesn’t matter if you’re just getting interested in film, or you’ve been in the industry for years. It’s a great chance to meet people in the industry and share your views.

Then we want to move the conference over to the park. We’ll have live music and entertainment.”

At 5pm Future Artists will be showing a double-bill of films back at the Zion Arts Centre, including the award winning comedy Beyond the Pole, produced by Helana Baxendale, of Friends and Cold Feet fame, with tickets just £6.

Finally, a party is being planned at the FAC251 club starting at 10pm to end the day.

Mark added: “We’re hoping for a great turnout throughout the day. We have some great films on show and hope people will be able to share our passion for this City’s thriving film industry, and meet others who are interested in cinema.”

For more information, or advanced tickets to the screening, go to

Tickets for the film will also be available on the door.

Mark and Jenny Future Artists Out Side of Zion (c) Alex Walker 2010

Mark and Jenny Future Artists at Zion (c) Alex Walker 2010


for more information or to arrange an interview please contact Jenny Inchbald on 07500 256 968 or email


The Things We Found This Week – Future Artists

June 25, 2010

Future Artists New Letter!

1) North West New Wave film ‘Diary of a Bad Lad’ gets full theatrical distribution deal, see it next week!

2) Future Artists celebrate their first birthday with a thought provoking 1 day event ‘In Exile’

3) THE BENCH – By Joe O’byrne returns to Salford Arts centre next week

4) ‘Just do it‘ – Director Emily James explains ‘Just get off your arse and save the world’

In Full

1) Diary of a Bad lad Premieres at Art Deco cinema in Stockport, UK,

Future Artists are proud to support the first film from what is being called ‘the north west new wave‘ of film making, by southern media types

‘Diary of a Badlad’ produced by pleesed sheep films, and is now being tipped as one of the top films of 2010. We like to think of producer Jon Williams as the ‘Godfather’ of the new wave, and so invite you all to the opening night screening on Tuesday 29th June 2010, in Stockport. They’ve bagged one of the last original Art Deco cinemas to do it in too, so well worth it on two levels!

More info and tickets here at the film’s official website

2) Future Artists in Exile

Its our First Birthday Party on the 17th of July and so to celebrate we are having an unconference, a Picnic in the Park in Hume Park, with live music, followed by a screening of yet to be released Beyond the Pole, multi awarding winning film staring Stephen Mangan (Green Wing, Confetti); Rhys Thomas (Bellamy’s People, Fast Show); Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and Helen Baxendale (Friends, Cold Feet) who also exec produces.

Supporting the main feature is Bogstandard, a short film. All this takes place at the Zion Arts centre in Hulme as the final part of future artists respond residency… tickets and full info here and on facebook here

3) THE BENCH – by Joe O’byrne

Following successful runs at Salford, Didsbury and Manchester, Joe O’Byrne’s hit play The Bench returns to the region later this month.

The play follows the lives of an eclectic group of Paradise Heights residents as intersect around a bench in the local park, over a 12 month period.

Thematically the play is about life, death and rebirth. Many of the characters find themselves at transitional points in their lives. They are either nervously eyeing an uncertain future and change, or coming to terms with the often painful process of moving on, or letting go.

Whilst some are desperately holding onto the past, others are are even more desperate to escape it and the unbearable pain that has made them who they are.

Tickets and more info 0161 925 0111

4) ‘Just do it’ – Director Emily James explains ‘Just get off your arse and save the world’

Mark Ashmore of Future Artists met Emily James at last years Sheffield Doc fest, both where filming the climate camp movement, both for the same reasons, and so over a beer, they embarked on an filming assignment – to Copenhagen, Denmark, to follow activists who where getting off their arse’s and trying to DO something about climate change,

The project is funded by the crowd, by those that care, so take 5 minutes to check out the trailer and website here, and get involved…. its your planet too, after all,

Trailer here

Hope you enjoy and to see you soon!

Jenny Inchbald and Mark Ashmore

Future Artists HQ

Future Artists is one! PARTY!

June 23, 2010

We have been going now for nearly one year!

Since we launched in July of last year during the Not Part of Festival at the Urbis we have had a busy year! We’ve organized a networking event, made a few films, sold a few films, been to Cannes and back, had crazy meetings, amazing meetings, ran Praxsis, been artists in residence at the Zion Center, run creative digital drop ins, been selected for schemes, consulted on projects and not slept, or stopped!

So now we are one we thought we’d have a party to celebrate with all the wonderful people who have supported us and to find some new people to join in!

We are having a picnic with live performance and music, a film screening and an after party and one of manchester’s top venues!

more info is on our web site at, just scroll down, or better information (at the moment!) is on facebook  here

Really excited and hope you can come and join in with us and everyone else who’s coming!

Social media monitoring review 2010 – download the final report

June 9, 2010


Why do you follow brands on Twitter?

June 9, 2010

Article from

Some brands are very successful on Twitter. They might be using it for customer service, to engage with customers or to discuss issues that they might be interested in. For many brands, Twitter is a great way for brands to engage directly with consumers, to learn what they are saying and to react and respond to this where relevant.

The question for many brands, though, is why would people want to engage with them on Twitter. In some instances this is clear. For example, when Twitter is being used as a servicing channel it is a way for customers to ask questions, complain or get support. In other instances it is less clear. And as with any social media strategy, it is critical that you think about why people will want to engage with you as much as why you want to engage with them.

When discussing this with clients and others recently, the question that always comes up is if brands should aim to gather a lot of followers on Twitter (as opposed to engaging a lot of people regardless of whether or not they follow you). And with this goes the question of whether brands are expected follow people back who follow them.

We’d love your thoughts on this in the quick poll below, and your thoughts on why people follow brands on Twitter in the comments.

Comedy Surpasses News as Most Popular Online Videos

June 9, 2010

Article from

WASHINGTON: More than half of U.S. adults have watched video online, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, with comedy clips having replaced news as the most popular Internet videos.

Pew’s Internet & American Life Project found that 69 percent of adult Internet users—52 percent of all U.S. adults—have gone online to watch or download video. And more adults are putting their own content online; 14 percent said they’ve uploaded a video to the web, 52 percent say they’ve shared their video on MySpace or Facebook and 49 percent on YouTube.

Fifty percent of all adult Internet users say they have viewed comedy videos online, up from 31 percent in 2007. Forty-three percent say they’ve watched news video, up from 37 percent. Thirty-two percent say they’ve watched movies or TV shows, twice as many as three years ago.

However, the number of web-users ready to pay for video online remains small. Only 1 in 10, or 7 percent of all Internet users, say they have paid to watch or download a video.

Leading the pack in online viewing are the 18-to-29 set, according to the poll.

“We are seeing a surge in online video watching,” said Kristen Purcell, a Pew associate director for research.

She said the increase was being “driven by a combination of broadband access, the increasing use of social networking sites and the popularity of video-sharing sites.”

“Untold numbers of websites now showcase online video as part of their content,” she added.

Cannes 2010, the sate of the industry

April 23, 2010

Cannes 2010

I’ve cobbled together some interesting stats about attendance of the Cannes Film Festival 2010, just did a quick breakdown to give snap shot of market place and not sure quite what to make of it!

3549 Total Companies Listed

1746 Production Companies

1015 companies listed as buyers

975 listed as theatrical distribution

683 Video Distribution

521  Sales Agents (only 192 listed as buying)

521 Sellers

510 Exhibitors

333 Film Festivals

314 TV Distribution

272 Services

193 Organisations (including UK Film Council)

160 Publicity and Marketing

131 Financial Institutions

125 Film Commission

115 Interactive and New Media

102 TV Broadcast

99 Film Funds

56 Technical

51 Publisher

45 Talent Agencies

40 Law Firms

39 Press

39  VOD platforms

36 Training

26 Music Publishers

14  VOD aggregators

4 Unknown

(stats from Cinando)

Attendance: 29323

Media Attendance: 4376

Accredited Industry Attendance: 24856

Total Number of Films Submitted: 4329

Total Number of Films Screened: 138

Total Screenings: 30

# of Shorts Screened: 44

# of Features Screened: 94

(stats from

would be interested to hear anyone’s thoughts

Facebook: A quick guide to those announcements

April 23, 2010


Acres, if you can measure online coverage in those terms, has been written already about Facebook’s announcements at its F8 developer conference yesterday.

Facebook’s objective, dressed in rather woolly speak about social graphs, connections and experiences, is to make it easier for people to access the site, use it more and populate it with more of their online behaviour.

The most significant announcement was about a series of plugins that will allow any website to add small chunks of Facebook tools to their pages. Mark Zuckerberg explained how this would work by sharing preferences and favourites on a music site like Pandora, or sports site ESPN.

“Pandora will be able to start playing music from bands you have liked all across the web. It can show you which friends like music similar to what you are listening to, then you can click and listen to their collections.”

A handful of launch partners were announced and in the UK, those are film site LOVEFiLM, Sky, ESPNCricInfo and MyDeco. The benefit for them is a powerful personal recommendation tool, from  asite with a very broad audience base that will help drive traffic.

For LOVEFiLM, it means every film and actor’s page will have a Facebook ‘like’ option, which is likely to increase their traffic as people share their film tastes with their friends, and also gives them data to display the site’s most ‘liked’ content on their homepage.

• Mark Zuckerberg: What Facebook changes mean for users >>Mashable
• Pandora partners with Facebook for social music >> Mashable
• Facebook to kill Facebook Connect >> Mashable
• Facebook F8: One graph to rule them all >> CNET
• Facebook targets Google’s web with the open graph >> Venturebeat
• Facebook makes itself a central point for web failure >> GigaOm
• Facebook just seized control of the internet >> TechCrunch
• Facebook plays privacy twister again >> paidContent
• Facebook seeks to spread across internet >> AFP
• Facebook Presence – nearly a step into location services >> Guardian
• New ways to personalise your online experience >> Facebook
• Facebook shows off new tools to socialise the entire web >> Wired
• Interview with Facebook VP Chris Cox >> TechCrunch
• Facebook to expand with ‘social plugins’ >> FT
• What you missed at Facebook’s F8 conference >> Venturebeat

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Twitter has 105m registered users, 600m searches per day.. and more numbers from Chirp

April 23, 2010

The social network/microblogging site has given out some tantalising details about the size of its service – and the Guardian is trying its new @anywhere service

ReadWriteWeb has a handy crib from the Twitter Chirp conference (at which our own Chris Thorpe has demonstrated the Guardian’s implementation of the @anywhere service (which is like Facebook Connect: it lets people tweet from almost anywhere but without having to hand over their login details; if you want a guide on how to use it, here’s Michael Brunton-Spall’s, one of the Guardian developers who worked on it).

A few of the statistics (and our questions)

• Twitter has 105,779,710 registered users (our previous best guess was 45m – though this 105m, soon to be 106m, isn’t active users, of course)

• 300,000 new users sign up per day (but: how many are spam?)

• Approximately 60% of them are coming from outside the US

• Twitter receives 180 million unique visitors per month (is that to, or totally?)

• 75% of Twitter traffic comes from third-party applications

• 60% of all tweets come from third-party apps (those tow make an intriguing combination: third-party apps are used more to read than tweet?)

• Since the new Blackberry application was launched, it has accounted for 7 to 8% of new signups (encouraging for RIM)

• Twitter now has 175 employees, up from 25 one year ago

• There are 600 million search queries on Twitter per day (that’s a lot of chances for Promoted Tweets)

• There are more than 100,000 Twitter applications

• Twitter gets 3 billion requests a day through its API

• 37% of active Twitter users use their phone to tweet (that’s a lot – and shows how Twitter has escaped from the web)

More will come, we’re sure.

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YouTube Expands Movie and TV Rentals

April 23, 2010


The YouTube Store has a much more impressive library than it did during its January trial period, including a few classics likeReservoir Dogs and recent critical hit PreciousThe Cove — one of the original five — is currently the most popular film in the library.

If you’re interested in trying out the service, rentals range from $0.99 to $3.99, and the rental periods vary. Some pages say 24 hours, while others say 72. When the service initially launched, it only had five Sundance films, which only drew in $10,709during the 10-day run. The New York Times deduced that figure by counting the number of views on each of the five films, but you can’t do that now — view counts are hidden.

Niche content like Bollywood movies and Japanese animation TV shows still place prominently in the lists of popular content — evidence that while the site does have some mainstream options now, they still don’t match what AmazoniTunesand Netflix offer. We find it curious that while iTunes and Amazon sell TV episodes for $0.99, the episodes on YouTube are just for rent.

NewTeeVee contacted the site and asked about the new content, which went up with little fanfare. A spokesperson told them: “When we announced YouTube Rentals in January we said we would be creating a destination after more partners joined the program. To date, we have nearly 500 partners that have joined our Rental program.”

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