Film Industry Present & Future Paper
The best papers will be well-researched with evidence to back up all conclusions. Write a 5-to-6 page paper answering one of the topics below. As you’ll see, the questions are all related to each other, so if the paper covers multiple aspects of the industry, that’s okay -—— as long as you start from a central thesis and build from there. And be sure to talk (backed up with research) about the present and the future of the industry!!!!!!! 1. The Content Stream: Earlier this year, commentator Matt Zoller Seitz wrote that the release date of Avengers: Endgame… April 26, 2019, is a timeline marker… we all knew that things were changing, with Internet-driven culture absorbing traditional and clearly delineated media like moview, broadcast and cable networks, recorded music, books, magazines, and newspapers, and treating them as various flavors of “content”, offered via “delivery system” and “platforms.” But it wasn’t always easy to see exactly how things were changing, or what the distant future might look like. … This weekend saw the release of Endgame and the premiere of “The Long Night,” the longest and biggest episode of Game of Thrones, the most lavishly produced fantasy series in TV history, and one of the last series that people watch as a group, episode by episode, week by week, experiencing big moments as a single unified audience … They’re just two more pieces in the content stream, bigger and shinier than all others, but ultimately things to discuss on social media, bond over, and quickly move beyond. The state of the art. This is it. This is where it was all leading, whether we realized it or not.” Will April 2019 (or just 2019 in general) be a date we talk about as a dividing line between media eras, or is it just another blip in our media story? Will smaller or genre films make a roaring comeback, like in the early 1970s and 1990s, and will our cinematic culture become more fragmented as a result? 2. The Blockbuster Cycle: In 2013, Steven Spielberg warned Hollywood, “That’s the big danger… there’s eventually going to be an implosion – or a big meltdown. There’s going to be implosion where 3 or 4 or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm.” Fast forward 6 years, and blockbusters are still breaking records and going strong. Was Spielberg wrong (he later clarified his comments, saying he wasn’t predicting the downfall of Hollywood), or is the potential for a major paradigm shift still there? What do you think we’ll see, and what do you want to see, happening in Hollywood in the near future? 3. Cinemas: People have been predicting the fall of cinemas ever since nickelodeons, and yet they have managed to survive the ups and downs of the film industry for over 100 years. What has been the state of cinemas throughout the 21st century so far, and what do you see for their future in exhibition? Do streaming services and disruptive models like MoviePass augur doom for our beloved movie theatres? Or will they survive? —— as they are or in some other form? Be sure to talk about the status quo and recent history of cinema chains and how they have evolved?