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What is the future of film?

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´╗┐David Duncan 13D1 What is the future of film? Film has been around for over 100 years now, starting at the end of the 19th century. Motion pictures developed gradually from a carnival novelty to one of the most important tools of communication and entertainment, and mass media in the 20th century and into the 21st century. There are three main areas when it comes to film: the film industry, film audience and the relationship between the producers and the audiences. The film audience is always changing, forcing the relationship between the producers and the audience to change, along with the film industry. While the film industries economic organisation will most likely stay the same, (with the 5 different methods of finance: self-financing, State/national funding, corporate sponsorship, funding from production companies and funding from movie studios) the amount of money being put into films always seems to be increasing. For instance ?Avatar? (2009) cost $237 million to make. It is the most expensive film to have ever been made. ...read more.


The most popular 3D film to date is most likely ?Avatar?, costing $237 million to make. It won 3 Oscars, all in technical categories: visual effects, art direction and cinematography. This is fair enough as it was a very well designed movie; however, being well designed does not necessarily make it a good movie. If this film had not been created for 3D or contained the visual effects it did, it would most likely go down as a rip off of the film ?Dances with Wolves? or ?Pocahontas?, containing practically the same storyline, but a lot less subtle. So what does 3D actually add to a film? Many argue that it brings a life like experience to the viewers, creating the effect that they are actually inside the film itself. On the other hand, many people also believe that it is merely a gimmick used to mask a rise in ticket prices. James Cameron believes that 3D is the future, whether it?s in cinemas or at home. ...read more.


I believe that more emphasis should be placed on the storyline, rather than visual effects. Overall, though I haven?t really mentioned it yet, I believe that animation will be the future of film. This partially agrees with James Cameron. After watching the film ?Beowulf? it appears that many characters can be created through animation, yet look as real as they would during a regular film. By using animation like this, the directors and producers would be saving money on props, costumes, actors, setting, scenery, etc. Actors only need to use their voice, which once again saves money. If this could be combined with 3D, (without the glasses and with a flat screen) I believe that this could be the future of film. Though I didn?t find ?Beowulf? particularly entertaining, if a good storyline was created, animation was used instead of actors (but still making it look realistic) and maybe 3D was added, it would be a cheap and effective way to create films. I do agree with James Cameron in the fact that characters should not be recreated however. ...read more.

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