Breaking Bad and the Writer’s Strike

The writer’s strike from 2007-2008 signaled a dramatic shift in the film industry. Some projects in development were delayed, while other projects sped through the writing process and ended up total disasters. Maybe you found yourself disappointed with the outcome of one or several of these misfires including Quantum of Solace (2008), Transformers: Revenge of […]

Another Take on Synergy

What it is? Where do we see it? And how has it influenced our access to media? The first image that appears in my mind upon hearing the word synergy, is the act of working together. I think about that harmonious scene from Elf  when the camera zooms onto the table in the middle of Santa’s work shop […]

Attack on Anime: an Industrywide Implosion

Since the 1970s America has had an undeniable fascination with Anime, the distinct art of Asian, often more specifically Japanese, animation. Many fans who fell in love with the medium dream about moving there and pursuing a career creating the artwork that they grew to love. Animator Henry Turlow did this, and highlights some of […]

Guild: How to make a living as a screenwriter

One of the jobs everybody puts the word “starving” before is writer. One of the truths universally acknowledged, is that writing is a career you have to love because you have to fight pretty hard to get it to pay you. Screenwriting falls into this category, of a career you commit your life to and […]

The Future of Virtual Reality—“History Doesn’t Repeat Itself But It Often Rhymes.”

  Introducing virtual reality— a technology that would be harvested to create a new way of interacting with media that seemed to be only a couple of years ago right out of a science fiction movie. Despite being quite young in its career in regards to the media industry, the virtual reality field has spawned […]

Responsible Reception: The Importance of an Active Audience

Growing up, my parents would always tell me just how lucky I am for growing up in time when we have so much available at the press of a button. Born in the 1950s, they grew up with the major networks: NBC, CBS, and ABC. They watched whatever was on when it was on because […]

Today’s “Legion of Decency”

I find it really interesting to watch films from around the time that the Hays Code was in effect. There’s such a dramatic difference in how these films handle certain sensitive subjects, often times by just hiding it from the screen. Consider this scene from the classic 1944 film, Double Indemnity: Violence is implied, yet we […]