Charlie is a Hero: Making Room for Badass Girls on “Supernatural”

As a Supernatural convert, I’ve taken to the fandom like a fish to water. My interest in the show stems from a lifelong fascination with supernatural phenomenon and a general openness to believing in thing we can’t see.This interest is the groundwork or the platform that my piqued my interest, not to mention the two […]

Television Through the Ages and the Rise of Showrunners

Television is no longer what it once was for a variety of different reasons. Roberta Pearson’s examination of the three distinct television eras in her essay, “Cult Television as Digital Television’s Cutting Edge”, shows how television today allows for greater expression than in previous years. In order to examine this further it’s important to have […]

Creating Fictional Worlds with Real People: Creating Gollum in LOTR

Stephen Price’s work Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: The Seduction of Reality discusses how the increased use of visual effects in films impacts not only how they look but how people feel about movies. In recent years many movies have taken advantage of visual effects technology in order to create fictional worlds set in barren […]

Keeping Physical Media Alive: The Concerns of a Bookworm

As an avid reader, book-buyer and borrower, keeping physical copies of content is a big concern of mine in this rapidly digitizing world. In some ways it feels like the scenes in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, where Joel and Clementine run through the Joel’s mind trying to preserve memories of their relationship. (Feel […]

Storytelling Through Trailers: The Cornerstone of Movie-Marketing

You must penetrate the popular culture. The consumer must hear about your film from his or her inner friend base, the outer friend base, the DJ, from the news. (Jeffrey Godsick, senior executive vice president of marketing at Twentieth-Century Fox). Trailers are one of the most important aspects of movie-marketing. Robert Marich, the author of Marketing […]

Media Franchising and Gender Reinforcement: A Girl’s Perspective on Her Love for Power Rangers

Derek Johnson proposes in the introduction of his work, Media Franchising: Creative License and Collaboration in the Culture Industries, that the success of franchises relies on the reinforcement of gender stereotypes. He explains: Masculinized or feminized, the fact that so many of these franchises do have a specific gender orientation (heavily policed especially in the case of cultural […]

How the Oscars Killed the Indie Buzz

Yet if, from one angle, Shakespeare in Love and Life is Beautiful can be seen in retrospect as signaling a high point for Miramax, from another they might be perceived as initiating the company’s downward trajectory-in terms of its status with the press and its broader impact on the specialty business. As Alisa Perren asserts in her work, Indie, […]

A United Struggle: Cast and Crews Come Together to Support the WGA in 2007 Strike

Cynthia Littleton’s book, TV on Strike: Why Hollywood Went to War over the Internet, provides an in-depth look at the Writers Guild of America’s strike of 2007. The strike began at midnight on November 5, 2007 after a long day of contract negotiations that left the WGA feeling frustrated. The catalyst for the strike, that would last until […]

Changing Perspectives: Presidents and Their Influence in Media Politics

Jennifer Holt’s book, Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996, examines the shifting policies that allowed major media corporations to monopolize the entertainment market. Holt summarizes, “Empires of Entertainment retrieves the many distinct elements of this history and delineates the key moments, players, and dynamics that enacted a monumental shift in the political […]