Q&A with Films14 Director Shaun Sadlier
A fully subtitled from launch, with the aim to also eventually provided full BSL signed movies from a Video On Demand service. Imagine that? Well one business entrepreneur Shaun Sadlier is planning to do just that through Films14. Read the Q&A from Shaun below and watch the video for more information:
Q: Your service is called Films14. Is there a story behind the name?
A: I was looking for a name which it is easy to remember and maximum is 7 letters or numbers, films is what we provide and 14 references 2014 when we want to launch.
Q: You are based in the UK but the internet is global. Can anyone sign up to Films14 or is it UK residents only?
A: That’s correct, we are global brand but we start out in UK and if it goes well then we will expand across the world. Anyone can sign up but it is for UK residents only. If I found anyone who aren’t UK residents then they have to wait for us to come over.
Q: Can you reveal what content there will be available to watch?
A: We’ve got two types of content, Subscription and On Demands. There will be 50+ movies / TV shows in the first month and additional 50 or more on every month for Subscription. There will be 60+ blockbusters movies every year for On Demands.
Q: The subscription content – does that cost extra to access it in addition to the monthly fee? Or does the monthly fee give you access to the subscription content?
A: No, it will not cost extra. It is a monthly fee to access subscription and discount blockbuster movie from On Demand.
Q: Are there any benefits to signing up in advance of the Films14 launch?
A: Yes, there is a benefit.
1. £4.99 for first month and then £6.99 monthly
2. Access to subscription movie’s and TV series (50+ Movie’s & TV Series addition every month)
3. Discount Blockbusters movie’s On Demands (60+ New movie’s in a year)
4. Can cancel membership after first month
5. Pay nothing until launch
6. 100% Subtitles and In-vision signer for sign language (On and Off feature!) – World first!
7. Mystery Gift on the Launch day for Pre-Launch membership only
About the Mystery Gift.
1. If we get over 20,000 UK residents sign up before launch then Pre-Launch membership will get £4.99 monthly for life.
2. If we get over 50,000 UK residents sign up then before launch Pre-Launch membership will get £3.99 monthly for life.
3. If we get over 150,000 UK residents sign up then before launch Pre-Launch membership will get £2.99 monthly for life.
Q: How is this service funded?
A: This service will be funded by crowdfunding and then membership sign up on the first month of launch. Our Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme and Enterprise Investment Scheme are currently pending which take up 4 to 6 weeks.
Q: How will the subtitles be provided, are you creating them?
A: Our content distributors provides movies with subtitles included. I won’t accept any movies or TV show without subtitles available because in my view, it is pieces of junk.
Q: How will the BSL be provided, are you creating them?
A: I have a studio which I can use and hire professional BSL signer’s but it will take lots of time to edit them therefore I am looking around for a professional company that can offer a good deal.
Q: Will all content released on the website have subtitles and BSL immediately?
A: All will have subtitles immediately and BSL will start out with a few titles because it is very expensive and it is new technology. Eventually, all movies will have Sign Language included. That’s our mission.
Q: What are the challenges you are facing in getting this service up and running?
A: The most challenging is to get as many subscriber’s as possible to cover the costs and in-vision signer features. I am very confident it will go OK.
Q: Will you be able to watch the content on all internet enabled devices or desktop and laptops only?
A: It will work on Playstation 3, Wii, iPad and any devices with an internet connection and screen because we are going to use HTML5 video player.
Q: What can readers do to help get the service up and running?
A: Readers can help us to find weakness in our services and sign up please.
Q: What is your favourite subtitled content?
A: 100% Subtitles with options of size, colour and background colour to suit their need. I don’t have a favourite subtitled movie because I love so many movie’s so it is very difficult to choose. But I mostly watch Sci-fi, Horror, Thriller, Adventure and Drama. Sometime Comedy.
Q: What is your favourite BSL content?
A: In-vision signer with on and off feature. We are going to start with British Sign Language and when we expand to USA we will put in America Sign Language. American’s are excited and want us to come over, even Australia as well! I don’t have a favourite British Sign Language movie because I haven’t seen one yet considering we don’t get 24/7 access to entertainment and currently it is very limited access. When I heard about a movie with in-vision signer on TV, they normally show these at 2am in the morning which it is frustrating for us. And, some BSL TV series are shown on PC or Laptop which is limited devices. Therefore, our company is 24/7 access, you can watch anytime, anywhere and any devices with internet connection and screen. It will also be the fastest way to watch movies.
Q: Why do you think current content providers are so slow at providing access?
A: They don’t think how important about our access need because they don’t see how we feel after all these years. I feel so frustrated to have limited access to entertainment and it is getting worse. So, here I am.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about Films14?
A: Films14 is Deaf-led company and we know what we need to access the enjoyment of movies and TV Series. Also, we are world first to have sign language with on and off features. Just like subtitles.
All the best!
Shaun has already made a BSL signed and subtitled video explaining the service which you can watch on the Films14 website or watch it below: