Organizing the Aesthetics

When you think of films or television shows, many elements come to mind. There are lighting and sound specialists, actors, set builders, camera operators and numerous other positions essential to the production. Two of the most overlooked, but necessary organizations would be the costume department and the makeup department. Both of these creative careers are […]

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 […]

Guild: How to make a living as a screenwriter

One of the jobs everybody puts the word “starving” before is writer. One of the truths universally acknowledged, is that writing is a career you have to love because you have to fight pretty hard to get it to pay you. Screenwriting falls into this category, of a career you commit your life to and […]

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, […]

How Batman and the Bros. Modeled Media Conglomerates

The media industry was sent into a frenzy when Time, Inc. and Warner Communication’s Inc. announced a merger between the two media giants, right on the heels of Warner Bros. release of Batman in the summer of 1988. The film possessed not only a chart-topping soundtrack, but also the first of many successful DC Comics character […]

So, what is the “public interest,” anyway?

The 1927 Radio Act is the first place where the phrase “public interest” became tied to media regulation. Throughout Jennifer Holt’s Empires of Entertainment, it also becomes increasingly clear that the phrase has undergone a variety of shifts in meaning and can easily be applied to nearly every media context. Early broadcasters were encouraged by […]

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 […]