Archive for the ‘video’ Tag

Film Studies – Career of the Future?

As the entire world moves more and more toward moving images, is a career in film studies the way of the future?  The internet is taking over for newspapers and magazines, and advertisements on hand held/mobile devices are certainty right around the corner.  The visual language seems to be the voice of the future – what say you?

http://www.uncwil.edu/stuaff/career/Majors/filmstudies.htm

-David May

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Quarterlife.com portfolio

I created a new profile on quarterlife.com – typically I’m against joining every single social network that comes along, but for some reason I really liked this one! It’s geared toward artists and provides a great place to post photography, videos, writing, music and so on.

http://www.quarterlife.com/yamdivad

-dm

The Future of the Film Industry

So I’ve had these wacky theories about where the Film and Television industry is going, and I was talking with a friend about this topic and he had some of the same wacky theories.  That made me realize that I should put my predictions in writing; in fact, I should have done this 4 years ago.

1) TV and the Internet will become one thing.  The better the compression, and the faster the connection speed, soon in place of going to ABC’s (for example) TV channel, you’ll just go to their website.  Software like Windows Media Center and others are already conditioning people to watch TV and Movies on their computer.  It’s possible to connect your computer to your TV and watch sitting on your couch just like normal.  This isn’t really a new thing; ever since DVD’s came out people have been warming up to the idea of watching Movies on the computer.

2) Movies will go the way of Theatre.   The film industry makes less money every, but films cost more to make every year.  Directors, writers, actors, everyone wants to make more and more and more, but again, the profit seems to be shrinking.  I think that the Internet is what is stealing the audience, and I think it’s the future.  As a result, movies will turn into special occasions – much like the Theatre has.  Frankly, I’ve noticed myself going to less and less movies every year, and when I do it’s more about the experience of “going to the movies” than it is about the film itself.

3) Independent filmmakers will rise.  We are in an age of FREE international distribution (the Internet) and the cost of filmmaking for independents coming down significantly.  Affordable software and new equipment like the “Red” are making it more possible for folks with not much money to tell incredible stories.

4) Lots of people… perhaps everyone will have a TV show (on their website).  Not long ago some folks predicted that everyone would have their own personal webpages and many people laughed at that – wondering what the point would be.  But here you are reading one of my web pages – my blog.  Not to mention myspace, facebook, youtube – the list goes on and on.  This is very near, I think.  Look at myspace TV.

5) Hollywood will “go big.”  With the rise of independent films with solid characters, unique ideas, and good stories, Hollywood will retaliate with the biggest budget stuff they can muster.  Expensive copyrights (more remakes), enormous special effects, and expensive celebrities.  Celebrities include directors, actors… really anyone Hollywood has conditioned us to want to spend money to see.

6) One of two things will happen to the independents.  They will be bought up by Hollywood, and seduced to transform into a “Hollywood Celebrity” like I mentioned a while ago.  The other possibility, is that the independents could succeed.

Anyway, I’m sure these ideas are not that new anymore.  I’ve been spouting this propaganda for about 4 years now and I wanted to finally get it in writing.

-dm