Category Archives: Film Industry

RIP Paul Walker: The Fans and the Furious

  I enjoyed watching all Walker films. I think he was a talent actor and inspires me to follow my dreams. He is most popularly know for his role in the Franchise film, Fast and the Furious. Every fan is … Continue reading

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The Lousy Archive that is YouTube

I was a late adopter to YouTube. I never liked that it used only Flash to display its videos in its early days, making my over-clocked PowerBook get hot from watching a video. I also disliked the low default resolution of its videos. For years, the typical YouTube video had 360 lines of horizontal resolution, […] Continue reading

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On The Town

I have never seen Frank Sinatra in color before and his night “On the Town” a vibrant performance. ┬áThis movie was released on December 30th in 1949. Its genre can be classified a romantic comedy or a musical romance. I … Continue reading

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American Film Industry, Fall 2013, Syllabus

Here’s yet another syllabus. This one is for American Film Industry at Queens College. From the course description: This course examines the economic history of the American film industry since 1912. We will also focus on the technological and cultural changes of the industry, and pay special attention to how film has responded to successes […] Continue reading

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Jaws and the New Hollywood Industry

While scholars debate when the auteurist New Hollywood movement ended—it was either Apocalypse Now or Heaven’s Gate—Hollywood began to abandon the auteur centered film for the big blockbuster in the mid 1970s. No film represents that shift more than Jaws. The film’s theatrical trailer sets the tone using the conventions of the horror film. The […] Continue reading

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When is Non-Diegetic Sound Actually Diegetic?

In my American Film Industry class, we voted on what film we would screen for our discussion of New Hollywood, or what I call “The American New Wave.” The class voted, among a list of six films, for Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Martin Scorcese, 1974). Aside from talking about the cinematography in the film, […] Continue reading

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Cinematography for Emotional Distance

As I mentioned in class, the varied use of focal lengths is another technique that Scorcese manipulates, even in the same scenes. This is in addition to the heavy use of handheld camerawork, which itself was not widely used except … Continue reading Continue reading

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Cinematography for Emotional Distance

As I mentioned in class, the varied use of focal lengths is another technique that Scorcese manipulates, even in the same scenes. This is in addition to the heavy use of handheld camerawork, which itself was not widely used except in news and documentary filmmaking. I mentioned that the scene with Alice and Tommy in […] Continue reading

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Influence of New Waves

As we transition from the classical model of Hollywood filmmaking, we should start to notice how filmmaking in the 1960s begins to change from the stylistic conventions of the Classical Hollywood Cinema. One of the great influences was the European … Continue reading Continue reading

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Influence of New Waves

As we transition from the classical model of Hollywood filmmaking, we should start to notice how filmmaking in the 1960s begins to change from the stylistic conventions of the Classical Hollywood Cinema. One of the great influences was the European New Waves, especially the French New Wave. One technique that we begin to see in […] Continue reading

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