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Theatre isn't convenient


In recent years the box office has been taking a hit. It seems that people are being more selective when it comes to watching a movie at the theatre. Well if you think about, why not be more selective? I usually can't find time to see a movie. Most of my free time comes after 10:00 and the last movies have either started or I have 10 minutes to get there. The theatre doesn't allow for convenience anymore. That's a problem when we are a society constantly looking to make more things convienent. Everywhere you see businesses trying to make things convienent (online banking, shopping, etc.) You practically don't have to leave your house. You can even have movies delivered to your house with NetFlix. It's all about convenience and the theatre isn't convenient. In fact it's uncomfortable. Would you rather sit on the sofa in the luxury of your own home or go to some dirty theatre and sit in an uncomfortable seat? 


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Could we be seeing the last of blockbuster movies?


I came accross an article that quoted a filmmaker foreseeing the end of the making of blockbuster movies. The Filmmaker? George Lucas. Yes, that George Lucas who made millions off his Star Wars movies. He was quoted in this article saying, "The market forces that exist today make it unrealistic to spend $200 million on a movie...Those movies can't make their money back anymore. Look at what happened with 'King Kong.'"

It makes sense though, there have been consistent drops in profits for box office movies. Today, more movies seem to gain more profits off of their DVD sales than at the box office.(But that's a whole other subject for another blog).

Lucas also said, "I predict that by 2025 the average movie will cost only $15 million." That seems a little farfetched. He didn't even factor inflation, or the fact that the film industry are going to risks to get the next big hit. A studio is going to take a risk if they think they have the next cult classic, such as Star Wars.

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/397167p-336664c.html


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Film School


I guess I should have posted this as one of my first blogs considering most people need to get a degree to start doing anything in the film industry. Film school has always been an interest of mine since high school, but I knew that it would be too expensive to go to a top notch school. Now I decided to do some price checking on what some of these film schools have for tuition rates.

First I found The Los Angeles Film School, conviently located in Hollywood. Their one year immersion filmaking program was a mere $36,740. Let me just check my piggy bank. I then found the Full-Sail School of Film which supposedly shows a student in 2 years how to effectively be a director, cinematographer, producer,etc. You would even learn how to be a set-designer. Wow. I couldn't seem to find if they were accredited though. Huh? Also, this school wouldn't even display their tuition rates on their site. You would need to send for their brochure. Ouch, I can't even imagine what that could be.

I found one of the more prestigious film schools, The New York Film Academy. Yes, they have Bachelor's and Master's degrees. To get a bachelor's in filmaking one would need to fork out $15,000 a semester. It's a little slimmer if you wanted to be an actor ($9,500).

So I guess if you know film is something that you want to absolutely get into then shoot for the stars. Just make sure you'll have a hefty paying job when you graduate; otherwise, you may be in for a bad ending. 


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Punishment


Continuing with the subject of piracy there are some stricter penalties that have been implemented since the on going rise of movie piracy. If convicted one could end up with a 10-year prison sentence. According to The Inquirer (http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=31256) the new laws inflict worse punishment than if you were a paedophile downloading child pornography.

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Piracy


 According to the Motion Picture Associaton of America, movie piracy is a "growing global epidemic" At this site, http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,116842-page,1/article.html , which consitsts of an article on the rising use of illegally downloading movies over the internet. This report which was released in June of 2004 found that 1 in 4 people have admitted to downloading movies. Certainly that number has most likely risen since.



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