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 […]

“Guilding” Our Way to Success

To be completely honest, I didn’t know what a guild was until about a week ago. I’ve heard of “Actors Guild” and “Writers Guild” but I never understood the term. To completely understand the importance of Guild’s I’ll define it for you. Guild (noun): an organization of peoples with related interests, goals, etc., especially one formed […]

HBO And The Film Industry: A Love Stor

The first time that I watched an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, I couldn’t stop laughing for the entire half hour. It was like watching an episode of Seinfeld with no restrictions on the writing or the characters’ actions. Never before had I seen a T.V. show that was so creatively free, and I would […]

“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 Magic of Disney

Like many others, I grew up watching Disney films. Year after year I would fall in love with these animated films where magic was real and, sometimes, animals could talk. I would gush over the Disney princesses – even deciding that my favorite princess was Aurora from Sleeping Beauty due to the three fairies watching […]

The Success and Failure of the Movie Sequel

When you think of movie sequels, does the word profit come to mind? When you begin to type into Google “why do sequels…”, the first word the site suggests to complete the sentence is “fail”, so for most people, the answer to that question is probably no.  Yet it generally depends on the franchise, as […]

Time Isn’t Money: Does Runtime Affect a Film’s Box Office?

Across the web, pieces about the supposedly ballooning length of films crop up every time the runtime of the next Hollywood picture is confirmed. Whether this is factual is contentious, as well as why. If films are getting longer, it would imply that Hollywood sees a correlation between the length of films and their box office […]