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.

The film audience is always changing, due to the fact that different film styles go in and out of fashion, for instance 3D. This causes a change between the relationship of producers and audience, affecting the types of films being made and distributed. The graphic content of film is now much more tolerable than it was 30 years ago. ‘Saturday Night Fever’ is a good example of this. It contains some bad language and a sex scene, and therefore got the age rating of 18, whereas a film like ‘Kick Ass’ contains a sex scene, lots of bad language (including an 11 year old swearing a lot) and a lot of bloody (fairly graphic) violence, yet this film only got the age rating of 15. This allows film directors and producers to include a lot more content in their films.

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3D has been an effect used to try to improve the viewer’s experience of certain films. It has been around since the early 50s. The first 3D film to have been created was ‘Bwana Devil’, it was made in 1952. During this time anaglyph lenses were used rather than polarisation which came about in the 60s and is still used today. Anaglyph lenses contain a red and green image which is combined to create depth in a picture. 3D viewing experiences often seem to come around in phases, becoming popular for a while every 10-20 years. There was a phase ...

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