The Association of Talent Agents: A Light in the Dark that is the Entertainment Industry

As far as guilds and unions go in the entertainment industry, it seems that you only really hear about a few of them. During various strikes, organizations such as the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild have gained public interest, and therefore have become slightly more familiar to the average American. What […]

VFX Rockstars

Pretty much all hit movies and TV shows these days contain some sort of VFX or CGI elements which contributed to making that project a success. Star Wars, Jurassic World, Harry Potter, Arrow, Boardwalk Empire, and Game of Thrones are all hit movies and TV shows that wouldn’t be nearly as successful had it not been […]

We deserve it.

Rights and money have crossed paths in various forms of history, whether it being undeserved, deprived, or in the Writers Guild of America (WGA) during 2007-2008 case, credit. A guild is an association of artisans or merchants who oversee the practice of their work in a particular area. “Guilds have historically been seen by actors, […]

Join the Club: Guild Membership (and Its Perils)

Robert Rodriguez (And Frank Miller) The first film I can ever remember having a great desire to see theatrically was Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids. Rodriguez was a filmmaker I continued to follow as I matured; From Dusk til Dawn made a major impression on me, as did his book Rebel Without a Crew, detailing how he made El Mariachi on […]

“America for Sale!” or Japan was Engaging in Normal Mass Media Strategy but the U.S. is Racist

At the start of the 90’s, Hollywood was facing a crisis. For a long time, Hollywood had been alone (or at least thought it was alone) as a giant in the film industry, untouched by outside forces. Hollywood had become as American as apple pie. And yet, companies from across the globe were beginning to […]

If Video Killed the Radio Star, What Killed the Video?

  The near-extinction of Blockbuster came as a surprise for many. It wasn’t long ago that “Blockbuster was practically untouchable,” says Jennifer Holt, author of Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996. According to her, it once dominated the home video market, owning 25% of existing video stores and still earning […]

Sequels Everywhere: Contextualizing the Fast-Burn of Recent Blockbuster Films

On July 30th, 2008, Zach Beane published a series of interactive stream graphs that display the box office earnings of major Hollywood films on a weekend-to-weekend basis. These graphs offer some interesting insight into the box office trends of a given year, especially regarding the staying power of certain films over others. Indeed, this ongoing struggle […]