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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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‘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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Disney + Cultural Marketing: How ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Coco’ Won Audiences Before They Even Reached Theaters

In Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – In the last few weeks, Marvel’s newest film Black Panther has shattered domestic box office records, and has had a strong showing international box office, being No. 25 on the list of all-time best openings. But what has been key to these films’ success is not only the well-developed story, characters, and fictional worlds the filmmakers …

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The Return of Stop-Motion Animation

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

How Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs May Have Inspired Recent Oscar Winners to Revitalize A Niche Industry – By Katherine Sanderson – With the failure of Early Man at the box office last month, it would seem the future of stop-motion animation was bleak. If Aardman Animations, the original stop-motion pioneering studio, with star power like Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, …