Thursday, December 18, 2014

New Film Era -- Where did it come from?

Modern day cinema didn't just show up one day and decide to just "be". But rather, it was brought on by the transition of multiple "eras" in film, such as Hollywood's return to myth (1975-1990), The Hollywood Studio Years (1930-1965), The Hollywood Renaissance (1965-1975), and modern day cinema: The digital Age.

The idea of the digital age spawns not only from the change in technology, but from the affiliation that the word "digital" has with the idea of improvement in the future. But, what does all of this mean? From an audience's standpoint, mega business corporations are what run the film business, but in reality, the film business is being run by the audience. 
Major film corporations, such as Ge, Disney, and Time Warner all run under the same idea: Create what will be consumed. With the switch from film cameras to cameras with a digital running, creating "good" movies has become much easier. This may bring you to ask, what, exactly, constitutes a movies as "good"? Since the change, it has become easier to try to perfect the shots during shoot days, and it has made the work day, in most cases, easier for not only the crew, but also the actors. Because of this, the structure of film technology has allowed for an easy transition within eras.

Moreover, the shift in "true power" from major corporations to the consumer has smoothened the passage between eras. In 1983, 90% of American media was owned by over 50 companies. In 2011, that same 90% was owned by 6 (packet). This change in power, in a way, simplified the diversity that was once provided by movies and created a cultural difference. These cultural differences were, by default, powered by the audience. If the common-people wanted to see a movie about and adorable pet becoming a mischievous monster, than by golly, the big-time corporations would make sure they would. This concept has stayed true to film throughout the years, and partnering with the major corporations and newfound technology, modern cinema has found itself in a brand new era: The Digital Age. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How Golden was Film's Golden Age?

Film started off bursting with audience, many reveling in the new technologies which film was based off of. However, the "Golden Age of Film" came to an end quicker than most presumed for a multitude of reasons. Primarily, film met it's match: The radio. The Radio came into play in the early 1940's, which by default, eliminated many of the basic "News-reel" like needs, which then lessened the amount of audience in the movie houses. To add onto this, WWII began to really take a huge toll on many countries involved, making film a rare privilege due to the economic state many found themselves in. This economic state only spread, and with the newfound technology of television, film began to reaaaally die down. 

2) Films not only had an impact on the audience, but also had an impact on culture--and vice-versa. The idea of censorship was at once point very strong, (For example; most movies were subjected to censorship by the MPPDA) however, with the work of film, censorship began to pile down--changing culture. This worked in a cause-and-effect way: When a film showed more violence/nudity/inappropriate material, the culture of what was "Sociably acceptable" began to mold, until the rating system was born. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Buster Keaton Filmmaking Style

Buster Keaton was a 1920's American filmmaker, actor, and vaudevillian who was born to Vaudevillian performers and by default, was exposed to the vaudevillian life early on.  Keaton, (under his stagename, Buster) was recognized as the seventh-greatest director by Entertainment Weekly in 1999, and made a trademark of his silent films through his self-deprecating physical humor. As a modern twist, I decided to take Keaton's patented facial emotion, "Stone-Face" and place it into what could very possibly be a realistic situation for a girl who is head-over-heels in love. Here, is the link to the short film I created, inspired by Buster Keaton's facial expressions in the first feature he wrote, directed, and starred in, The 3 Ages.

The 3 ages was admitted by Buster Keaton to have been essentially, three two-reel comedies, just "pasted" together--meaning, if the feature didn't work out as an actual feature, its trio of plotlines could have very easily been chopped into three different films. The motion-picture was inspired by D.W. Griffiths 1916 Intolerance, but focused on love rather than greed and hate. His three choices of ages were the Stone Age, the Roman Era, and 1920's "modern" America. The stories are all cut within each other, but have basically all the same plot: A villain uses deceitful means to get "The Girl", and Buster must somehow find a way to overcome him. It is often argued that the Stone Age offers the funniest, crudest moments, while the Modern Era offers the most thrilling scene in which Buster tries to jump between two buildings, but unintentionally falls instead--leading his character to jump onto the back of a moving fire truck.