Tiny Desk Concerts at NPR

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts series began in 2008, a creation of Bob Boilen. He characterizes the Tiny Desk performances as “intimate”, and makes a point to feature both “emerging artists” and “well-known musicians”. Boilen is also creator and host to NPR’s All Songs Considered, and has been bringing his musical influence to NPR since 1988. […]

Your Role (Roll) is Critical

Geek and Sundry produces a show by the name of Critical Role, which is about the various misadventures of the collected crew of voice actors in the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Given the potential success of such the streaming show, I began to wonder why the creators had also decided to include a podcast […]

Attack on Anime: an Industrywide Implosion

Since the 1970s the America has had an undeniable fascination with Anime, the distinct art of Asian, often more specifically Japanese, animation. Many fans who fell in love with the medium dream about moving there and pursuing a career creating the artwork that they grew to love. Animator Henry Turlow did this, and highlights some […]

Technologically Induced Precarity in Art Direction

The website for the Art Director’s Guild (ADG) describes the guild as a local chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE). There are more than 104,000 members of the ADG spanning the US and Canada. The Union includes not only art directors but graphic artists, illustrators, matte artists, model makers, production designers, […]

The Future of Virtual Reality—“History Doesn’t Repeat Itself But It Often Rhymes.”

  Introducing virtual reality— a technology that would be harvested to create a new way of interacting with media that seemed to be only a couple of years ago right out of a science fiction movie. Despite being quite young in its career in regards to the media industry, the virtual reality field has spawned […]

Giants of Entertainment Vs. Netflix

Over the past decade or so, the entire media, film, and television industry itself has once again undergone vast and rapid changes. One of the largest and relatively unforeseen disruptors of the creative industry has been the popularization and success of the online streaming service, Netflix. The company’s rise to success was so quick and […]

Conglomeration Rule

    The Conglomerate Rule The 1930s and ’80s have never been closer. Though your first thought was probably to deny any connection between the deeply distant decades, these eras parallel each other more than we would like to admit. Obsessions with underground clubs, flashing lights, and cocaine as well as the looming presence of […]