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‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ and the Future of Stunts

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – With the popularity of genres such as superhero and sci-fi fantasy, along with classic actions films, stunt work is a crucial element to Hollywood blockbusters. A stunt performer/ stunt artist (stuntman or stuntwoman) is a trained professional who performs stunts, often as a career. Many big stars have specific stunt artists who resemble themselves, who are …

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How Major Studios Are Competing with Established Streaming Services

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – Netflix redefined how audiences consume content, and most importantly, how they receive it. Gone are the days where consumers would sit through commercials. It’s clear that cable and broadcast TV is on its way out and streaming sites are here to stay, and major studios are beginning to adapt. Instead of continuing to license their shows …

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First-Look Deals: What They Are and Why Every A-List Hollywood Star Has One

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – If you read the entertainment industry trades, you probably have come across the term ‘first-look deal’. Understanding what this contract denotes will set you apart from other filmmakers, and provide you with valuable insight into the inner workings of the film and television industry. Just this year, following their recent Oscar wins, Guillermo del Toro signed …

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The Problem With Video Game Adaptations

In Featured, Industry Insights, Joe Campbell by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Joe Campbell – I have a confession: I love the Resident Evil movies.  Yes, I’m talking about the campy action/horror series starring Milla Jovovich and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.  They’re examples of mindless schlock catering to that childish part of my brain that just wants to see hordes of zombies mowed down by a chick wielding handguns …

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The Differences Between Pixar Films and Disney Animation Films

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Impact Admin

– By Katherine Sanderson – With the announcement by Disney last week that John Lasseter’s previous role of Chief Creative Officer was being split into two separate roles (one to lead Pixar and one to lead Walt Disney Animation) many may be once again asking the questions: What is the difference between Pixar and Walt Disney Animation? Since Disney acquired Pixar, …

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9 Ways ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Failed, and ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Succeeded

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – Within a month of each other, Disney and Universal are going head-to-head with the newest installations of their biggest franchises: Star Wars and Jurassic Park, respectively. Many have been fast to blame the failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story at the box office on the marketing, or even the film premise itself, but in my …

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How Harry Potter Became a Global Brand – Part Two

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – This is the fifth article in a six-part series (The first and second covered ‘Marvel’ and the third and fourth covered ‘Star Wars’).  For each brand, the first article covers the corporate strategy that initially launched them, and the second covers how they expanded the brand, with marketing partnerships, consumer products, and themed entertainment. This article is continued from How Harry Potter Became a …

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How Harry Potter Became a Global Brand – Part One

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – This is the fifth article in a six-part series (The first and second covered ‘Marvel’ and the third and fourth covered ‘Star Wars’). For each brand, the first article covers the corporate strategy that initially launched them, and the second covers how they expanded the brand, with marketing partnerships, consumer products, and themed entertainment. In the …

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What’s Going On With MoviePass?

In Featured, Industry Insights, Tyler Carlos by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Tyler Carlos – Since MoviePass first launched its $9.95/mo unlimited movies service back in August 2017, it has become one of the most discussed topics surrounding the film industry. This service basically allows you to see as many movies as you want (limited to one a day) for practically nothing. For movie buffs out there, this was nothing …