Sunday, April 15, 2012

Industrial Engineering of Film Production and Distribution

Industrial Engineering is Human Effort Engineering and System Efficiency Engineering. It can be applied to any activity which is carried by an invidual or an organization. Was it applied to film production and distribution? Yes, it was and here are the instances and examples of application of Industrial Engineering in Film Production and Distribution
Industrial Engineering is Human Effort Engineering and System Efficiency Engineering. It can be applied to any activity which is carried by an invidual or an organization.
 
Was it applied to film production and distribution?
 
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Efficiency of  Film Making

 

Roger Corman - Industrial Engineer - Film Director - Producer

 
Today I came across a reference to application of Industrial Engineering in film production. More references will there and will be found out. The reference that I came across is:
 
"Roger Corman -film director, industrial engineering degree from Stanford University. He started direct involvement in films in 1953 as a producer and screenwriter, making his debut as director in 1955. Between then and his official retirement in 1971 he directed dozens of films, often as many as six or seven per year, typically shot extremely quickly on leftover sets from other, larger productions. His probably unbeatable record for a professional 35mm feature film was two days and a night to shoot the original version of "The Little Shop of Horrors". " (Source: http://www.sinc.sunysb.edu/Stu/hnaseer/interest.htm accessed on 6.1.2010)
 
Roger Corman gave the credit for his ability to make films in low and tight budgets to his Industrial Engineering degree. The refereence for it is:
 
"After studying engineering (a subject he said was ideally suited to making low-budget films on a tight schedule), Roger Corman attempted to break into films by the tried and trusted method of working as a messenger for 20th-Century Fox, eventually rising to the position of story analyst. He started direct involvement in films in 1953 as a producer and screenwriter, making his debut as director in 1955. Between then and his official retirement in 1971 he directed dozens of films, often as many as six or seven per year, typically shot extremely quickly on leftover sets from other, larger, productions." (Source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000339/bio accessed on 6.1.2010).
 
One more interesting reference is this:
 
"Corman attributes much of his success to his industrial engineering degree, which gave him the efficiency and business sense essential for Hollywood: “Motion pictures are the art form of the 20th century, and one of the reasons is the fact that films are a slightly corrupted art form. They fit this century - they combine art and business!” " (Source: http://www.theskinny.co.uk/article/45960-roger-corman-king-of-the-bs accessed on 6.10.2010).
 
I come to know that Corman wrote a book.
 
"FILMFAX: In your fascinating book How I made a Hundred Movies In Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime, you mention that your degree from Stanford was in Industrial Engineering. Do you feel that this technical ability helped you to become the world's most efficient filmmaker?
CORMAN: Probably, it helped not only in production, but also specifically in pre-production. This was partially learned as an engineering student, and also from my own experience. The preparation of the film is almost as important as the shooting of the film. I've always put a tremendous emphasis on having everything planned as carefully possible before shooting, knowing that you can never follow your plan 100%. Either portions of it will not work, or you might get a better idea during shooting, but at least you have a plan to work with. Generally or ideally, you can follow it 80-to-90 percent." (Source: http://www.filmfax.com/archives/amc_monsterized/roger_corman.html accessed on 6.10.2010)
 
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Ramin Mohseni - Industrial Engineering - Film Making

 
Another interesting find in the day's search on the topic is the web page of Ramin Mohseni. http://www.raminmohseni.com/RAMIN_MOHSENI.htm
 
Ramin Mohseni holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Screenwriting (Bagh-e Ferdows Filmmaking Training Center, Tehran 1996), and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering with a thesis project in Computer Aided Film Production Planning (Iran University of Science & Technology, 1990).
 
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Von Johnson - Industrial Engineering - Film Industry

 
Von Johnson is presently President, CEO - Von Johnson & Associates, Inc. (VJA), Greater Los Angeles Area. He has MBA degree. He worked as industrial engineer at Walt Disney Imagineering for the period October 1980 — March 1983 (2 years 6 months). He used his IE experise to achieve signficant cost reduction at ITC entertainment. His entry in his linkedin biodata give the information.  (http://www.linkedin.com/in/vonjohnson)
 
V.P., Worldwide Technical Services, ITC Entertainment
(Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry)
April 1993 — June 1995 (2 years 3 months)
Reduced ITC Entertainment’s annual mastering and distribution costs by nearly 40% in the first year. 
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It is an interesting topic and there will be many more industrial engineers who worked in the film making and contributed to the efficient making of films. The knol will be developed with more information.
 

BIbliography

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Some Link for Pages Related to Roger Corman

 
 
 

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Articles and Papers Related to Film Making and Industrial Engineering

 
"Optimal scheduling in film production to minimize talent hold cost", Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, Volume 79, Number 3 / December, 1993, 479-492, T. C. E. Cheng, J. E. Diamond and B. M. T. Lin, http://www.springerlink.com/content/p074821742187k02/
 
FREEWAY FILMMAKING: NO-BUDGET PRODUCING, L.A. STYLE, By Andrea Sperling., Fall 1992, Film Maker Magazine, http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/fall1992/freeway_film.php
 
 
 
 
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Original Knol - http://knol.google.com/k/narayana-rao/industrial-engineering-of-film/2utb2lsm2k7a/ 2129

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