Our Story: Derby Street Films
A film portrays a story. This one, sadly, probably won't make a
movie - but it's ours.
Derby Street Films is a film-development business. We do not make movies. Production
companies and big Hollywood studios make movies.
What we actually do is find stories and develop them into
commercially viable film proposals, the blueprints for movies. This
means creating a package - of which a well-crafted script is just
A script that tells a compelling, filmic tale needs good
company. First, it has to be paired with a film producer who wants
to make the script into a movie, although in practice, it's usually
the producer who approaches us with an idea or a story. The next
step would normally be to 'attach' a director and key actors to
enhance the package's appeal.
But there are no hard-and-fast rules in film development. The
process we've just described may all happen the other way round. It
might be that a big movie star reads a book, loves it, and buys an
option on the production rights. Then the process would run the
other way: the actor finds a director, who finds a producer, who
finds us, the development team.
Either way, development is the first step in the process of
making a film. The next is 'greenlighting' - this is when the
production finance is formally approved, enabling the project to
move from development into pre-production, or 'prep'. The actual
making of the movie is known as principal photography.
By this time we're well out of the picture, and have moved on to
the next project. Having said that, we have a share in the
net profits of the film, so our investors do benefit if we chose a
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