I recently came across mention of BPR in a student blog. The author writes encouragingly of the ‘quality and depth’ of my posts, but wonders when I find the time to ‘eat or sleep or go to the toilet’.
For the record I can confirm my basic biological needs are attended to. I find the knack is not to do any two of them at the same time.
Ironically, the student’s post coincided with the longest period of inactivity on this blog since it started in June 2008.
This is principally due to an abundance of paid work, because of necessity I have developed the freelancer’s aversion to saying ‘no’. In consequence, gainful employment (rather than eating, sleeping or the other) has kept me from blogging.
The weather hasn’t helped. February, the season of sniffles and fellow mournfulness, always casts me into a bit of a funk.
Then a curious thing happened: I developed blogger's block. The longer I left writing the next post, the easier it was not to bother at all.
But now the paid work flow has eased somewhat, and the days are getting discernibly longer, I feel able to pick up the pace again; starting with a skim through some of the more notable research items since I last posted.
The 60th Berlin International Film Festival came and went during the month, and to mark the occasion the European Audiovisual Observatory published its annual round up of admissions and box office data. The Observatory estimates total EU admissions increased to around 985 million in 2009, up 6.5% on the 2008 tally and marking the highest level since 2004.
According to the press release:
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Admissions increased in 18 out of the 24 EU member states for which data were available. In absolute terms Germany registered the most significant growth (+16.9 million, +13.1%), followed by France (+10.9 million, +5.7%), the United Kingdom (+9.3 million, +5.6%) and Poland (+5.4 million, +16.1%). For the first time in the past five years Spain reported an increase in admissions (+2.8%), whereas attendance decreased marginally in Italy (-0.4%).
Source: European Audiovisual Observatory
There was more European-themed news this month with the launch of Screenbase, an online database of European film information courtesy of Screen International. If you’re not a Screen International subscriber be advised to check out the database while you can. It’s free to use during beta stage, but will soon be bricked up behind the Screen Daily pay wall.
At a time when trade publications like Screen International are switching online business models it’s heartening to find a new service that’s free at the point of use (for the time being, at least). Hong Kong based Film Business Asia, co-founded by Patrick Frater and Stephen Cremin, provides a business news and data service built on information contained in ‘a multilingual database of Asian cinema that has been in active development since 1993’.
The beta site launched in January this year, and is due for a ‘fuller launch’ in Q2 2010, when some form of pay wall may well come into operation.
‘Get in there while you can’ is a recurring theme of this post. Which reminds me: I have to see a man about a dog, so if you'll excuse me...