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 […]

A Blast From Our Past: Establishing the Unconventional

For the sake of this post, I must reiterate a point I have stated before, I love film. Film is a incredible medium that allows people to represent positions and personally constructed visions of entertainment to public sources. As 21st century filmmakers, we have the control to produce forms of entertainment, while also sticking to […]

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 […]

Hidden Stars Behind the Curtains

When you hear about top hits at the box office or trending shows on Netflix, most people recognize the titles by knowing names of the actors or big companies that produced them – but what about the people who came up with the story behind it all? Writers are some of the most under appreciated […]

The Impact of Filmmaking on Tourism and the Devlopment of Creative Centers

Economist and social scientist Richard L. Florida in his book The Rise of the Creative Class makes the argument that every human is creative. Florida suggests that all jobs should become creative. “The only way forward is to make all jobs creative jobs, infusing service work, manufacturing work, farming, and every other form of human […]

Why Hollywood Style Films Should Stay in Hollywood

While reading Tanner Mirrlees’ Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization I was really struck by the influence Hollywood has over other countries’ film industry and culture. The US really has a cultural monopoly on the style of film that is commercially created. Despite my love of American cinema, I don’t consider this a […]

How the Blockbuster has shaped Media for the last Thirty years

In the summer of 1975, a little film by the name of Jaws hit the silver screen and became a sensation overnight. Steven Spielberg and other then-new directors like George Lucas and Ridley Scott were starting to make names for themselves with hits like Alien, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Star Wars. Lucas and  Spielberg […]

Bottle Rocket: a case study on the term ‘independent’

A few of my peers have written some great posts on the question, “What does independent mean?” I honestly don’t have an answer for that question. It sure seems to me that the term ‘independent film’ is always stuck between trying to define itself as a way of production or as a film style. Furthering this, […]

Risk-taking in the world of Animation and the fears of Development Hell

Hollywood does not like to take risks, I’m pretty sure we all know that. It’s why we’ve had four Transformers films and are reviving Star Wars films for the second time. Those with money want to play it safe, and those without are going to try to copy what is working in order for them […]

Visual FX: Primitive vs. Psychedelic

I have two favorite time periods of visual effects in film. Ironically enough, they achieve essentially the opposite impact for today’s audiences.