The 2001 RealScreen Factual Price Guide is our third effort at taking the temperature of the documentary market by polling those who shape it. For this installment, as with last year’s effort, we posted the poll on our website and asked (pleaded?) with producers and distributors to take the time to fill it out.
Perhaps the most noticeable change this year can to be found in what producers and distributors are trying to sell. The market has undergone a significant change in the last 12 months, and the genres being offered up for sale reflect this. (Has wildlife really dropped from the radar screen, or is it just being repackaged under an assumed name? See ‘Trendspotting’ on page 32 for more.) Beyond genres, this year’s changes tended to be more evolutionary than revolutionary.
For the 2001 Guide, we also added several questions to help discover where the money is coming from and how it’s being spent, just in case you were wondering where it all goes.