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Why Start Your Own Film Studio?

Have you ever sat down together as a family to watch a movie or tv show, and after endlessly scrolling through Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Apple TV, HULU,  you couldn’t find any quality shows/films you could watch together as a family? Well, you’re not alone. That was our family.

As a wife and mother of two daughters, I struggled for years searching high and low looking for quality content I could watch with my family. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure why studios, streaming platforms, and tv networks didn’t produce QUALITY family-friendly entertainment. 

Content for families falls in either three camps: 

1) Disney Flicks
2) Christian Films/TV
3) Streaming Platforms: Original Series
  • Disney flicks that promote the same message– Princesses looking to be rescued by a dashing Prince, swept away to an enormous castle, and living in happily ever-after. Ok, with the exception of Mulan. Anyone who has daughters will agree that we as parents should encourage our daughters to be fierce, independent, courageous, and self-sufficient.
  • Poorly made Christian movies/tv shows– I know I’m going to get a lot hate, but the majority of Christian movies/tv shows are awful. There I said it. Great message, but the acting is horrendous, the storyline is usually the same (an individual stands up for their faith, and challenges an atheist), and the cinematography is poor in quality. I have a lot to say on this subject matter, but I’ll save it for another post.
  • Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ Original Series- Some of these streaming platforms have produced a few decent shows for the family, I will give them credit for trying. However, I feel they have missed the mark. The lack of depth and the core message of these films/tv shows are usually shallow. There’s no substance.

You might be asking yourself,  “What exactly constitutes quality family entertainment?” Well, I am glad you asked.

Quality family entertainment is content the entire family could watch together: a compelling story that resonates with all family members, content that sparks the imagination, and provides an ‘escape’ for the audience member. In addition, finding talented actors who bring life to the character they’re betraying, and creating a visually engaging story on the screen are elements of brilliant filmmaking. 

Since there’s a lack of film/tv entertainment for the entire family, I decided to produce my own, and launch my own independent film studio. Seni Studios will produce a range of content: from short films, to adaptions from classic children’s literature. 

My Independent Family-Friendly Film Studio

As a storyteller and filmmaker, it’s my sincerest aspiration to produce content that will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come. 

What are your thoughts on the current quality of family film/ tv programming that is available to consumers? I would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave your comments below. I would love to hear from you!

6 comments on “Why Start Your Own Film Studio?

  1. Great article. Looking forward to your next film!

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    1. Thank you for the kind comment. I’ll definitely keep you updated on the status of our projects.

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  2. jpoll1 says:

    I agree there seems to be an unmet, or under-met need, in this quality family-friendly films space. Out of curiosity, can you think of any recent or not-so-recent films that would fit with what you envision producing in your studio? It might be helpful to provide some concrete good examples to juxtapose against the films you find are lacking.

    I’ll be interested to see what you write about Christian films. I recently wrote a research paper about one of the leading producers of such films (Sherwood Pictures) and what seemed to make them so successful financially (but what also might be lacking in their efforts in my opinion and the opinions of others).

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    1. I would love to read your research paper about Sherwood Pictures, and your thoughts about Christian Films.

      Currently, we’re in development of adapting a fantasy children’s book from the public domain, and it’s along the lines of “The Chronicles of Narnia.” On the other hand, we’re also in pre-production of a short comedy, and the sense humor is similar to “Napoleon Dynamite.” Both are family-friendly, but they’re two completely different genres.

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  3. jpoll1 says:

    Sure thing on the paper! Prompted by you, I’ve posted it on my group’s blog (https://somethingbigandimportant.com/purpose-of-this-team/). Please let me know if you have any questions about it.

    Your projects-in-development sound promising. Please keep me posted on their progress. And your reference to THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA and NAPOLEON DYNAMITE give me a better sense of the types of films you’re intending to create at Seni.

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    1. I thought you were spot on with your research….well done!

      Our projects are all in early development, but I will definitely keep you posted.

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