Crowdfunding offers freedom to filmmakers

Film Jul 27, 2016

Crowdfunding offers freedom to filmmakers

by Mark Schilling

It's not easy making indie movies in Japan. The big studios only want commercial projects with proven fan appeal, usually based on hit manga, novels or TV dramas. Given the need, government funding schemes are paltry, with much of the money going to films ...

Domestic film industry focuses inwards at its own peril

Film Dec 9, 2015

Domestic film industry focuses inwards at its own peril

by Mark Schilling

The Japanese film industry released 615 films last year, according to the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. That figure may include glorified student productions and dressed-up pornography, but is still substantial by any measure. Relatively few of those films, however, are sold abroad. Even ...