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 […]

The VFX Powerhouse That Is Australia & New Zealand

New Zealand and Australia are home to multiple large and medium sized VFX studios that contribute to a vast majority of Hollywood’s largest motion pictures. Not only do they contribute to cinema in terms of skill but also contribute in technological innovation.  The studio Blackmagic Design originates from Australia, as well as the compositing system […]

The Representation Needs Representation

Imagine looking for a job with no idea of a place to start? Growing up, your advisors will tell you that connections are everything. Who you know in the industry is what will get you that big interview or prime-time audition to show how great your talent is. However, connecting to the right people can […]

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 […]

Creative Construction

Creative Construction: The Categorization of Work Let us begin with a simple assertion; to categorize is to organize, to organize is to control. The entertainment industry, which includes film and media and video games first and foremost on this issue, has become obsessed with compositing many different pieces to form a whole as efficiently as […]

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 […]

Why the Antitrust Case: United States v. Microsoft Is Still Relevant to Today’s Facebook Monopoly

During reading Holt’s Empires of Entertainment, I was fascinated by the idea that the push towards more government regulation and antitrust policy came at the heals of the Clinton administration and the Bush administration, when the formation of antitrust agencies, such as the the Antitrust division of the Department of Justice (the DOJ) and the […]