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 one component.

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 winner.

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Hollywood In Its Own Words

'The velocity of change is so staggering it creates a kind of turbo-Darwinism, a revved-up struggle for survival in which one must constantly mutate to survive.' And yet… 'Most changes are full of sound and fury and signify nothing.'    Both quotes are from Lynda Obst's brilliant memoir, Hello, He Lied

'To make a great film you need three things - the script, the script and the script.' - Alfred Hitchcock

'Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.' - Marilyn Monroe

'There'll always be an England, even if it's in Hollywood.' - Bob Hope

'An associate producer is the only guy in Hollywood who will associate with a producer.' - Fred Allen

'If my books had been any worse, I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and if they had been any better, I should not have come.' - Raymond Chandler

'Hollywood grew to be the most flourishing factory of popular mythology since the Greeks.' - Alistair Cooke

And one of our development favourites….  'I always thought the real violence in Hollywood isn't what's on the screen. It's what you have to do to raise the money.' - David Mamet