Film Dash

Friday’s news and Sir Michael Balcon

Posted on: October 10, 2008

Actually, there aren’t many developments to tell you about today, although I was pleased to see that Film Dash got a mention from D’Log.  A press release should be going out very shortly too (via the kind people at Big Cat Group), so we might see a few others picking up on the challenge.

So I thought I’d provide a little light reading.  As you probably know, Film Dash is now part of Hello Digital and has gained the ‘Digital Galore!’ tagline.

Have you heard of Michael Balcon?  Chances are you probably haven’t.

That’s exactly why, as part of Hello Digital, efforts are being made to reclaim his legacy for the city and highlight the incredible work that he did.

Put simply, he’s Birmingham’s Film Knight, and his contribution to the British Film Industry, and to Birmingham’s film heritage, is massive.

This Birmingham born movie mogul produced all of Hitchcock’s UK movies, ran a US film studio, and produced all of the Ealing films.  Now, in this new digital age we can pay tribute to a man who was committed to throwing light onto new techniques, new technologies and onto new film makers.  Michael Balcon chaired the Experimental Film Fund too (on which more in a later post).

His work with new techniques, technologies and film makers means that he’s an excellent fit for Film Dash.

By the way, in case the ‘Digital Galore!’ tagline has gone over your head, one of the films Michael Balcon produced was Whiskey Galore!

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Film Dash presents Birmingham's 48-hour film challenge, 5-7 March 2010.

Teams of film makers will script, shoot and edit a film in 48 hours.

Organised by Meshed Media in association with Say Hello, which is part of Hello Digital, Arts Council, Birmingham City Council, and Bullring.

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