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The cash influx is pretty obvious, as these services have a subscription fee. Both services are releasing original movies and shows which are exclusively available in their platform. But what's the purpose? If Netflix has no original content, they have to pay for licensing for everything they have on display. But if they own the product (= Netflix ...


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Yes, Disney moved away from hand-drawn animation In a 2013 interview with the Guardian, chief executive Bob Iger said that none of its animation companies are working in the traditional 2D format, and there are no current plans to do so again. Speaking at an annual shareholder's meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, on Wednesday, chief executive Bob Iger revealed ...


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Former projectionist here, let me weigh in on what's happened in the last 7 to 8 years. A bit of background: I started working projectors for my local theater in February 2007, and my last night was in March 2011. I no longer work this position because they transitioned to being completely digital, and I was among the first cut as I was only in one or two ...


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I'm going to start an answer but this is by no means complete. Whether you're talking about film as a recording medium or as a presentation format, there are people who prefer both. You can do a lot of research on why one is better than the other but a lot of it comes down to personal preference in the end. As a Recording Medium There are pros and cons ...


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Usually, if we talk about credits without any movie scene in the background, it was done by using a long sheet of paper or plastic or other material they want with credits written on it. Artists used different type of fonts and texts as required. Then this sheet is rolled in front of a camera where it is recorded and added into the movie. They also used ...


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As it happens, Priceonomics has already investigated this: Built in the early 1900s, the United States’ first permanent movie theaters featured only one screen. Things worked a bit differently back then: you’d pay your nickel, take a seat, and watch a continuous loop of a feature (mixed with cartoon interludes) for as long as your heart desired. ...


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No one says the phrase "Lights, Camera, Action" any more. But, to answer your question, the First Assistant Director (1st AD) is in charge of the set when the Director is otherwise occupied and, in fact, is usually the one who calls the shot to order (other than calling "action"). One of the 1st AD's most important responsibilities is to "call the roll" — ...


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A properly executed plot twist often causes opposite reactions of what you've just described. People want to watch the movie again because the ending was so unexpected that they need to review the whole thing to get all the puzzle pieces together. "Fight Club" is a great example, in my opinion. There's a lot of dialogue (especially the lines from Helena ...


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1) Hollywood: 1, 2 The name Hollywood was coined by H. J. Whitley, the “Father of Hollywood.” Whitely bought 500 acres from E. C. Hurd; Hurd’s wife’s friend (stay with me here), Daeida Wilcox, co-opted the name “Hollywood” from her neighbor, Ivar Weid, who lived in what was then called Holly Canyon. According to the diary of H. J. Whitley, ...


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Whilst there are some cinemas that still retain use of 35mm projectors, it's fair to say that these are only used for special events. Modern cinema, by which I mean the industry that distributes and exhibits mainstream content (so any new releases), are exclusively distributed in digital format. In early 2002, Hollywood sought to standardize this technology ...


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The difference is that 70mm film is, from a simple mathematical perspective, twice as big as 35mm film. 70mm film is shot horizontally in the frame where as 35mm is shot vertically. This gives directors a much larger canvas to shoot on, with increased resolution (up to 18k in some cases, compare that to 4k televisions that are just hitting the market), as ...


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My guess: people like me often visit domains in movies/TV shows/books just for fun. If I see the domain is unregistered, I can register it myself and draw traffic from nerds like myself. Basically, I'm letting Sony advertise for me. I can even imply movie affiliation and do terrible things: "Welcome to Sony's secret site! You have cleverly spotted the ...


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The reason why musicals are less popular now, or more prolific back in the first half of the century is pretty long, but hopefully engaging and interesting. It certainly was to me when I studied it. There are tons of academic books written about the downfall of musicals, but here's the short(er) version: Musicals (along with Westerns) were very much a ...


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The 'Fidelity Issue' has been a long term fixture on many (if not most) film/production and screenwriting qualifications. During my Degree we had an entire module named 'Adaptation', and for three weeks we discussed/researched this very question without verifiable success. It's unlikely you'll find a satisfactory answer to something so broad on here, but ...


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There are several orthogonal issues here: The physical size of the film the movie was shot on (the negative). The physical size of the film the movie is projected from (the print). How the frame is composed on that film, which is related to the aspect ratio. Some of the comments and other answers are conflating various aspects, which can cause more ...


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What you need to remember is that in financial negotiation, the accounting department will never overtly declare that they are pursuing 'Hollywood Accounting', it is often something instigated through people being misled. The wording/circumstances are often rephrased to evade detection: I believe 'Net Point Profit' was the circulating terminology for a long ...


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How do streaming services earn money? The one you mentioned Netflix and Amazon Prime don't have ad revenue. So they are dependent on subscription fees. Is it based exclusively on user memberships or are there other factors? There are other factors too. Take the case of Indian Amazon Prime exclusive show Baahubali: The Lost Legends which is now run on ...


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Just a theory, but being able to buy a domain this way is a pretty clear indication that a legitimate company cannot come after the film company to sue for being libelled or defamed for a less than perfect company portrayal. If currently unused, it is an indication there is not a naming conflict to a company that is not well known. The fact that you noticed ...


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In the early days of Hollywood, at the Academy awards, the Academy members could choose whether they thought an actor’s performance was leading or supporting. This led to an interesting scenario in 1945, where an actor was nominated for the leading and supporting Oscars for the exact same role (Going My Way). After this the Academy changed the rulings and ...


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Possibly it's coincidence... but good actors are good actors. :) Gale Ann Hurd was asked about the prevalance of English/British actors in the Walking Dead and other shows: We asked Hurd why she thinks this keeps happening in American television and films – so many Brits/non-Americans playing these roles of Southerners – and she attributed it to open ...


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No, Disney does not produce nor is making any traditional hand drawn animation. There is probably a good reason for this in Disney's eyes. Traditional hand animation is a lot of work. It's very time consuming and can't be changed easily late in production like CGI can and is expensive because of that. To give a demonstration, there is a nice video about ...


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Sadly, as an American, I've heard little to nothing about these epics (Mahabharata and Ramayana), not that I wouldn't like to see the movies. There are still no big-budget epics based on works like Odyssey, Iliad, and The Aeneid; not even the Epic of Gilgamesh (which is possibly the oldest story known). I wouldn't take it as an intentional slight against ...


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A few tidbits that I can pull from looking at both David O. Selznick and Louis B. Mayer via Wikipedia: Louis B. Mayer was pretty much the figure head of MGM during its golden years, and is considered the creator of the "star system", focusing more on producing and advertising films around the stars in his films rather than the films themselves. David O. ...


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Closing credits are not entirely there for the audience, although I have a few friends that work in the movie industry and it's cool to see their names scroll by at the end of a movie. The ones that you see for electricians, gaffers, best boy, etc., are part of the film crew. It's an acknowledgement that without those people, the film would not have been ...


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The Movie's producers are charged simply with making the product: the movie itself. At some point during the movie's production (or often, nowadays, before work has even commenced), the producers will negotiate with distributers. For a more detailed answer to how producers earn there fee, check this out. Often, a film can have a domestic and international ...


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The Creative Skill Set website breaks it down in general for you: Theatrical (ie. cinema) revenues only account for about 25% of the total revenues, with video (including DVD) taking about 40%; television accounting for 28% and ancillary revenues the final 7%. The website goes on to say: How Revenue Flows Through the Marketplace The main revenue ...


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In the USA, this is governed by the agreements of the Director's Guild of America. Their basic agreement states in section 8-201 that: No other credit shall appear on the card which accords credit to the Director of the film. Such credit shall be on the last title card appearing prior to principal photography. This convention even appears to cover ...


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Here's an article answering your question. In short: Out of a typical 6 trailers, two are chosen by the studio that made the film you paid to see. The other four are usually chosen by the theater which profiles the audience using a quadrant system (male, female, under 25, over 25). Sometimes the choice will be based on rating (if you are at an NC-17 movie, ...


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I would assume that the most important reason is that there isn't an alternative to child actors in movies, TV-series etc., whereas in most/all other cases the job can be executed by an adult. Moreover not all child labor is prohibited: These laws do not consider all work by children as child labour; exceptions include work by child artists, supervised ...


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There can be multiple reason for such idea like : If they have a miniature ready from other project, it would be fast, cost effective and time saving. Shooting in real location is time bound as per permission and if anything went wrong like weather issue the shoot can be delayed. If they didn't like the shoot, they can change some portion or restart ...


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