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How CG Effects Are Hurting Live Action Film

In Featured, Industry Insights by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Amanda Valdovinos – As with all art mediums throughout the ages, filmmaking has gone through many technological revolutions each decade since its origin. The most recent development that has only continued to grow in popularity is the use of animated CGI, or computer-generated imagery, to enhance a film. CG animation revolutionized the film industry as a whole, as …

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The Impact of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ on the MCU

In Featured, Industry Insights, Tyler Carlos by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Tyler Carlos – (Spoilers Below) Well…that happened. And no, I am NOT UGLY CRYING! YOU’RE UGLY CRYING! *Takes several days to collect oneself together* All right. Well, unless you are blind and have been living under a rock on a different planet, you’ve probably seen that humanity has been truly blessed by the powers-that-be at Marvel Studios. Yes, …

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Troubled Productions: Are More Projects Experiencing Hiccups Than Ever Before?

In Featured, Industry Insights, Joe Campbell by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Joe Campbell – On June 20th, 2017, five months into shooting Solo: A Star Wars Story and mere weeks away from wrapping production, Lucasfilm replaced Phil Lord and Chris Miller as directors on the project and hired acclaimed director Ron Howard to reshoot the majority of the movie.  This isn’t the only time in recent history when a …

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10 Foreign Animation Studios That Want To Compete With Disney-Pixar

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – Since the 1990s, major animation companies like Disney have been outsourcing (meaning they have the animation done by other smaller companies) portions of their films and tv series, and in recent years, the entirety of their projects, to foreign animation companies. But as with the entire global film industry, that is now changing. These animation companies …

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Why Do Movie Trailers Spoil So Much?

In Featured, Industry Insights, Tyler Carlos by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Tyler Carlos – (Spoilers Below) Living in today’s culture, people are constantly bombarded with advertisements for the latest trends, gadgets, and experiences available. With the non-stop onslaught of advertisements, it seems like one group will always get the short end of the stick – moviegoers. In order to leave an impression, trailers have to tell enough of the …

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‘A Quiet Place’ and Making Hollywood Accessible to the Blind + Deaf

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – John Krasinski’s directorial debut, the horror film A Quiet Place, premiered over a week ago, and since its release, has been at the top of the box office. While many audiences are drawn in by the real-life husband and wife team of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt in the film, the standout role many walk away with …

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Why ‘Darkest Hour’ and ‘The Post’ Signal a New Age of Biopics

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – This past awards season saw two biopics receive much attention: Darkest Hour, focusing on Winston Churchill, and The Post, focusing on Katharine Graham. Both matched expectations, receiving strong reviews and racking up many awards nominations, with Darkest Hour garnering six Academy Awards nominations, winning Best Actor and Best Makeup, and The Post receiving six Golden Globe …

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How the Weinstein Scandal Prevented ‘Mary Magdalene’ From Theatrical Release in the USA

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – Easter weekend has come and gone. Many Christians made their way to theaters this weekend to see faith-based films such as Paul: Apostle of Christ, I Can Only Imagine, and God is Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness. But what was missing from the line-up was a high-budget film starring major stars Rooney Mara, Joaquin …

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ + 80’s Nostalgia Marketing

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – It’s no secret that there has been a resurgence of 80’s pop culture in recent years, with tv shows such as Netflix’s Stranger Things and GLOW, and the horror film IT. There have also been less successful attempts, such as last year’s all-female Ghostbusters remake and ABC’s tv movie remake of Dirty Dancing, to name a …

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iPhone Filmmaking: Fad, or the Future?

In Featured, Industry Insights, Joe Campbell by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Joe Campbell – There’s no denying that the iPhone filmmaking movement is growing. With a quick Google search, you can find an abundance of short films shot on smartphones; within the past eight years there have been at least five full length features filmed this way. More companies are selling lenses and shoulder mounts designed to accommodate iPhone …