Ok “save” might be a stretch but streaming screeners can help stop up the leaking money hole made by the current process. In decades past, the film industry has seen countless changes and advancements due to technology. We’ve gone from watching movies on clunky standard definition televisions to consuming them like popcorn on wallet sized phones--in HD no less. However, given all the technology Hollywood has embraced, the system of Award submissions are astonishingly decrepit while the cost to mount an Oscar campaign continue to soar.
2014 marked the year of security—or lack thereof—in the film industry. After the Sony incident, studios have buckled down to avoid leaks and jeopardizing potential earnings. Yet somehow movies are still being streamed on the Internet before they are officially released. Not only are movies being prematurely leaked, but they are also being bootlegged and pirated throughout their run in theaters. Hollywood Studios have lost an estimated $40 million in revenue after several Oscar-nominated films were pirated online and illegally viewed by millions.
After accepting her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Boyhood, Patricia Arquette’s speech took a slightly different turn than the other winners. She exclaimed, "To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” The more she preached, the more Meryl Streep cheered.
Sound mixing and editing are categories that are overlooked too often by the media, critics, and moviegoers alike. After all, the sounds of a film are half of what engages the audience. When the job is done well, a film’s sound editing and mix will seamlessly go unnoticed. The ultimate goal is for the audience to be so enraptured by the story unfolding, that they actually believe the audio was recorded on location. One of this year’s most carefully sound designed and mixed films raised questions and brought mixing into the spotlight.
The cloud has the ability to connect phones, tablets, TVs, computers, and laptops to one easy-to-access network to store and share your company’s projects. As Radar puts it, “the plethora of powerful, beautiful connected devices, coupled with ubiquitous connectivity, creates an incredible channel for delivering novel services.” In our previous article, Cloud vs. Local: The Saga Continues, we compared cloud storage to local (hard drive) storage. The points made for the cloud were undeniably promising:
In our first article, State of the International Film Industry Vol. 1: Africa & East Asia, we analyzed the film industry in China, Nigeria, South Korea, and South Africa. Because technology has made the world smaller, film production and distribution is easier and more prevalent than ever. While Hollywood still dominates the movie business, Europe is not far behind. Let’s take a look at the UK, Romania, and Ireland, and how they bode in the film industry today.
There was a time when math geeks and artists sat squarely on opposite sides of the lunch room. Thanks to Big Data and it’s influence on film and television, the two lines have started to blur.
But what is Big Data? Unfortunately, for many, it’s a euphemism for Big Brother, however, that’s a harsh and inaccurate comparison. In it’s most root application, it’s the utilization of technology to gather information efficiently and analyze learnings to impact business decisions. Big Data has a function in nearly every industry, most recently in the world of entertainment and content creation. Most of your favorite online content providers (i.e. Netflix, Amazon, etc) utilize data to impact what they recommend to you, and even what media they produce. Big Data has the power that major television networks have been seeking for years: the ability to predict with speed and iterate on success. In the future, Big Data will be a key factor for not only businesses that fund creative projects but for the creatives behind the content.
Tangerine not only made a splash at Sundance this year, it was also picked up by Magnolia Pictures for worldwide distribution and is set for theatrical release in the United States in 2015. It was not until after the Q&A that the film’s director revealed the film was shot entirely on the iPhone 5s. Sundance.org doesn’t even mention that the 87-minute feature was shot on a mobile device. They do, however, describe the movie as “bursting off the screen with energy and style.”
Advancements in digital distribution and projection technology have paved the way for countries around the world to join the international film industry. The United States has dominated everything entertainment for the last century, generating approximately 560 billion dollars in revenue at the end of 2014, and projected to hit almost 700 billion by 2019. American films are exported to nearly every international cinema and are globally renowned. However, over the past few years, a handful of countries are beginning to produce movies domestically, subsequently increasing the amount of movie-goers at home and creating a need for more theaters. Here is a list of a few countries that are gaining huge market share and becoming major players in the international film industry:
It’s an age-old question, “What drive setup is best for my project?” For larger projects the question turns into, “If I am using a Non-Raid drive architecture, should I use JBOD? And if I am using JBOD, which drives have the lowest rate of failure?”
As more and more options come on to the market, it can be even more difficult to keep track of what drive setup is best for a given project. Main priorities are storage capacity, reliability, speed, and price, but technology of the past two years has forced project managers to take much more into consideration when deciding on the best drives for their project. And the competition between HDDs (hard disk drives) and SSDs (solid state drives) has been heating up, leading to even more options to choose from.
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