The Learning Curve For Filmmaking

Today, there are a lot of amateur motion pictures that have been circulating the internet; this has us ask, “is filmmaking still feasible?” Is there still a future left for the film industry? To be able to reply to that question correctly, we need to properly set our words. Films do not have a future. Most flicks are taken and showcased with “digital assistance”. There are holdouts in the film business. Steven Spielberg, for example, doesn’t wish his films to be showcased digitally, so he shoots on film. But even the great Spielberg needs to give in – this passed with “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Paramount released it both on film and digitally. Michael Bay states “I’m old school because I wish to shoot on film.” For the Transformers mastermind, he wants his flicks on screen, instead of on an iPod. These two film giants, Bay and Spielberg are still some of the group of filmmakers who want to tell their stories on the big screen professionally. But does that kind of cinema have an audience any more?

This is the kind of filmmaking that requires the concurrent adjustments of sets. When the largest viewers on the web today are not feature films, but home-made clips of “The Worst Ice Cream Ever” and “Spider-Tard”, will the public even watch feature flicks any more? Cory Doctorow, a writer who considers that “commercially minded” big budget motion pictures “could just fizzle”, claims in an Internet article called “Media Metamorphosis: How the Internet Will Devour, Transform or Destroy Your Favorite Medium” that the future will be dominated by low-cost and crummy YouTube videos which, he says, will be seen by you and the “38 other people who are kinked similar to you.” Is Mr. Doctorow right on the spot? Will we not see individuals going to the motion pictures anymore? Will people become more prepared to seeing a vague amateur movie on their mobile phones? Is the child with the flip-cam now the King of the movie business? The facts will tell us. This weekend, “Where the Wild Things Are” made more than 30 million dollars. That’s approximately 3 million people who went to see it in just 3 days and box office for the weekend is up 40{62753bda712f8726ff506772054b8eb8cc86c22a15ff97c29e4cab436a2dfc3b} from the same time last year. That’s bigger than any amount of hits on any video on the web. “Paranormal Activity”, a cheap feature made for more or less twenty-thousand dollars but taken in a somewhat conventional way with a fantastic plot and characters, has gathered over thirty million dollars and is averaging over $25,000 per movie house – those are enormous numbers.

Annual box office has not dropped since the worldwide web became such a vital aspect of our lives. The downtick in gains is in fact better than the turmoil in the economy – it is around 1-2{62753bda712f8726ff506772054b8eb8cc86c22a15ff97c29e4cab436a2dfc3b} each year. Indeed, this tells us that people still prefer to enjoy the motion pictures in the movie theater with other people and with fancy fare – they still wish to lose themselves in something apart from real life. “You attempt to tell a story that’s significant, and share it with people,” this is what the celebrated creator of “The Da Vinci Code” Ron Howard shared to the current DGA Quarterly. That kind of shared-story is something that audiences still need. So while film may be dead, the forecast for the process of filmmaking is good and the future of the movie-going experience seems sound and vital.