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Film Making as a Creative Ecosystem: The Case of Soho in London

Pratt, A. C. ORCID: 0000-0003-2215-9648 (2023). Film Making as a Creative Ecosystem: The Case of Soho in London. In: Global Creative Ecosystems. (pp. 21-38). Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-33961-5_2


The aim of this chapter is to explore the location and processes of film making as interrelated issues and specifically to characterise this as an exemplar of a (creative) industry ecosystem. We note a dominant view of the film industry concerns what happens on the screen: the discussion of aesthetics, narrative and representation. A secondary concern is of the focus on the economics and business of the film industry. Such a division echoes the competing cultural and economic value systems that are common to analysis of creative economies. This chapter offers a novel analytical lens to bring these elements into a singular focus. The notion of an ecosystem is illustrated through a case study of film making in London in which we detail the process and its key elements of financing, development, principal photography, post-production, distribution and exhibition. Furthermore, we illustrate how they are further interrelated and embedded (in place, time, technology and regulation).

Publication Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity
School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries
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