The Art of Sound: Foley Artists

Sound has the ability to sway people emotionally ranging from sadness to fear. When you are watching a film, you probably are not thinking about the art behind the creation of a specific sound. This art is the job of a Foley artist. Foley artists create every single sound in films except dialogue. Their jobs […]

Cable Created the Indie Film

If you have ever watched Lady Bird (2017), Pulp Fiction (1994), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), or even The Breakfast Club (1985) then it’s more likely than not you know what an indie movie is. Nowadays, the idea of indie films or independent films draws a much larger audience than it use it. Whether the audience is […]

How Blockbuster Failed to Adapt

Before streaming services dominated the media consumption market, brick-and-mortar stores existed where people could go to rent DVDs and VHS tapes. In 1977, the first video-rental store was opened. Video rental stores quickly grew in popularity and became a massive revenue source for the movie industry. And “by 1992, Blockbuster was the undisputed video-rental leader” […]

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 […]

The Paradox of Neoliberalism

When reading Empires of Entertainment (Holt) I was struck by one particular quote; “Robert Britt Horwitz explains in The Irony of Regulatory Reform (1989) that deregulation incorporated a “surprisingly heterogeneous” political coalition that was aligned against continued government regulation.” (Holt, 12) The phrase “surprisingly heterogeneous” regarding the state of media landscapes rings true even almost […]

Any Fading Empire: The Mutation of the Film Industry

In The Master Switch, author Tim Wu posits that all information industries are subject to a “cycle” beginning with a disruptive innovation, followed by an open industry, the closing of the industry, and ultimately demolition at the hands of a new disruptive innovation. Included in this assessment is the Hollywood film industry, which Wu argues was […]

Hollywood Keeps Playing it Safe

Now that it is 2018, Hollywood has changed, in terms of the content it produces. It is also changing, but very, very  slowly in terms of representation in front and behind the camera as well as content/movies that are being shown in theatres and on tv. When Hollywood started making movies and trying to capitalize […]