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Shoot Shoot Shoot - Mark Webber
Mark Webber
Shoot Shoot Shoot
The LFMC formed a collective body, but did not make collective artworks.

Filmmakers, particularly those with knowledge of printing and processing, would help each other with projects but the films were nearly always the products of one artist's personal vision. The collective energies went into sustaining the organisation, renovating the workspaces and keeping things going. They were also each other's greatest critics, spurring each other on to produce better and more refined works.

In its constitution, the LFMC defined itself as "a voluntary organisation of film-makers dedicated to the production, distribution and screening of independent, non-commercial films". The Co-op was managed by an elected committee, who reported to members at general meetings twice a year.

At a film co-op, your film is your membership card. By placing a film into distribution you become a voting member with a role to play in policy decisions. Films in the collection remain the property of the maker, who can withdraw them at any time. The filmmaker sets the rental fee for which each title could be hired for screenings. The Co-op retained a portion of this amount to cover running costs (for many years it was 30 per cent), and the filmmaker receives the balance.

The London Co-op also had 'workshop members' who could pay an annual five pounds fee for access to the lab facilities.

Cover of the London Filmmaker's Catalogue, 1978
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