C47Houston News & Entertainment Magazine is now on a quest to
improve the skills of our local and state TV/Filmmakers. We are now
creating and establishing the - Texas Standardized Independent TV/Film
Rating System (TSIRS) in order to provide TV/film makers a gauge by which
to aspire when it comes to the technical side of this industry.
We are considered to be “experts” in the field
and we have had the pleasure to have seen numerous indie films and
projects in the Houston area and across the states to be able to
objectively determine the rate of projects based on what we have
seen and determined by the criteria set forth below.
This rating system is not intended to “review” a
film. That is best left to film critics. Our objective is merely to
provide a system by which we can evaluate a project’s overall
aesthetic composition when compared to other films in the area, in
this state and compared to TV/Film makers across the country.
In order for the State of Texas and the City of
Houston to be able to compete with industry professionals in the
Hollywood and Los Angeles areas, for example, WE are going to have
to provide a higher standard of TV/Film making that will rival the
technical aspects of those professionals in California. In order to
entice investors to fund our local and state projects, aside from
catchy tax incentives, both our TV and Film makers will have to
provide those investors with a product that is sound, marketable and
contains a high level of quality production.
A project, at the very least, should be constructed
1. a consistent story (with a beginning, a middle
and an end )
2. good consistent sound (from beginning to end -
deep, rich and even throughout the project )
3. good consistent lighting (from beginning to end )
4. good consistent foley (from beginning to end )
5. good continuity (from beginning to end)
6. good consistent sound track (from beginning to
7. good cast (that compliment each other and the
8. good acting (from beginning to end)
9. good frame composition (cinematography) (from
beginning to end including use of camera and angles) and,
10. good editing techniques (from beginning to end)
The Rating System: ( 0 - 5 star ratings )
***** Outstanding Project - contains
all the elements needed in the construction of a project (regardless
of review and/or popularity) Technical aspects of this project meet
all the criteria.
**** Excellent Project - contains
most of the elements needed in the construction of a project
(regardless of review and/or popularity) one or two elements are
*** Great Project – Contain
a lot of the elements needed in the construction of a project
(regardless of review and/or popularity) Three or more elements are
** Good Project – Contains
some of the elements needed in the construction of a project
(regardless of review and/or popularity)
* Nice Project – Contains
some of the elements needed in the constructing of a project
(regardless of review and/or popularity)
No Star - Not worth talking about.
Receiving a 1-star rating does not imply that the
film is faulted, rather that the technical aspects of the film did
not meet the criteria needed to construct a film that is sound,
marketable and/or meeting a production quality that rivals a “outstanding
Likewise, receiving a 5-star rating does not imply
that the film is marketable rather the film meets the criteria and
its production quality makes the project rival those made in the
Hollywood or Los Angeles area, for example.
Most importantly, we insist on being fair with our
rating system and impervious to influence. Thus, maintaining our
integrity of fairness and providing an honest gauge by which our
TV/Film makers can rely on when constructing a project.
To start this process, if C47Houston News
& Entertainment Magazine were classified as a TV/Film project we would
honestly and objectively rate this project as a 2-Star magazine.
Knowing this, we will certainly strive to improve the elements that
are needed to construct this publication in order to attain a 5-Star
rating. Thus improving the overall economy of our area and providing
an outstanding forum for commercial advertising as well as industry
We will be rating any and all films we see using the TSIRS. You may request a
retro rating, by sending us a copy of the DVD.
The “Teasers” scale is opinion based on the
criteria set forth above. Your invitation to invite the public to
your screening produces a consent on your part for opinion and