Why VFX Companies Are Going Broke

For the past decade, the box office has been dominated by Sci-fi / Dystopian/ Super hero films. All of these films rely heavily on special effects and CGI. Even popular television shoes like Stranger Things, Supernatural and Flash use CGI in varying degrees. Many famous and well regarded award shows have categories for CGI and […]

Antitrust : Fighting Monopoly in the Age of the Oligopoly

Introduction: The entertainment industry of today is dominated by a handful of companies that act as an oligopoly. A driving force behind the evolution of the film and entertainment industry is it’s complicated relationship with the government and the consequences that resulted from this. Below is a brief history of the film industry with a […]

“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 […]

The Entertainment Race

Since the beginning of the 20th, companies in the film industry have been in a competitive race to capitalize on as many revenue streams as possible and be the top media giants in the country. In Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996, Jennifer Holt suggests when Warner Bros released the […]

Change in the Creative Age

Hollywood has been the central point of mainstream media since its conception, but now with the continued development of the Creative Age, the focal point of mainstream media may be shifting towards something else.  Maybe because I am part of a generation that spends all their time on the internet, but most of the conversation […]

Hollywood and Propaganda

When the world was surveyed about who is the biggest threat to world peace, the United States of America was picked as the biggest threat.  According to Tanner Mirrlees in Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization, “[f]ollowing World War II, the old European empires began to crumble.  The world system’s center of […]

“No stars, just talent:” or, how the Indie Film was won by Hollywood and changed its identity

There’s a scene about halfway through Robert Altman’s The Player in which studio executive Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) is listening to the pitch of two idealist screenwriters. The story is compelling, but the screenwriters are adamant that the film not contain any stars, and that it not resolve itself. In a comment that’s a little on the […]