When video enthusiasts and filmmakers are planning travel for the year, a few big events spring to mind. NAB in Vegas and IBC in Amsterdam are no-brainers. For the creative minded, Sundance, Cannes, and the Toronto Film Festival are obvious choices as well. What about SXSW? Most people seem to associate SXSW with music and technology, but for 20 years it’s also been a prominent film festival. In fact, film is the largest segment of the event.
Directors in Hollywood film production, are rarely young. Directors of a given YouTube video are less likely to be older than 35. These two generalizations are quite incorrect, now, more than ever.
Those that are immersed in media - meaning TV stations, newspapers, radio stations, film studios, music studios, book publishers, magazine publishers, and an Internet version of each have been talking at length about how entertainment is shifting. So often we'll read that a movie blockbuster or a hit TV show is only reaching a small percentage of potential viewers. This idea is best compared to the media that was available decades ago, such as I Love Lucy or M*A*S*H. Everyone watched them. That's 72 percent of homes with a television tuned to Lucille Ball or 106 million viewers out of 200 million possible U.S. citizens. Today's nearest competitor in terms of viewership are the big games at the end of the NFL season. Those football games reach about 110 million, but the U.S. is has grown to more than 300 million. OK, so now you should be in agreement that audiences are getting stretched thin.
We might think that most citizens of Earth could see too much video. Let’s start with YouTube. The popular video sharing and social site reports more than 800 million unique visitors every month. That’s more than four billion hours viewed monthly! An incredible 72 hours of video is uploaded to the site every minute. Every minute!
Video rental is one concept that I can firmly say is undergoing great change in my lifetime. I know I'll relate to many people that have shelves full of VHS movies, and engage some that have seen the progression of video on tape to where it is today. As for today's teens and children, a little perspective on where video rental has come from.
Once upon a time, in a small city in Canada there was a young boy who could really sing. In another place in time, he would have gone through years of struggling and frustration to be discovered. This young boy posted videos on YouTube and was discovered by a talent agent. His name is Justin Bieber.
There have been hundreds of YouTube sensations from singing stars to political pundits to Chinese language teachers who have not only generated millions of followers, but some have also produced significant salaries.
Ken Burns won a battle this week for journalistic rights and won't have to give up his footage to New York City. The well-known award-winning documentary filmmaker was subpoenaed to give up outtake footage from his documentary "The Central Park Five" about a high-profile rape case focused on five men wrongly accused and convicted for the crime another man admitted to. The judge denied NYC's request.
Why would you recreate Toy Story? The creators of the Live Action Toy Story released a full-length Q & A uploaded yesterday, letting many ask, "What was your inspiration?" This really is an important question for anyone attempting to do a recreation or reenactment.
We're happy to announce the winner of the Blackmagic Digital Cinema Camera sweepstakes. Congratulations to Laura Harvey! Laura Harvey is a deaf filmmaker and producer. She is currently working on a documentary about a deaf woman with multiple sclerosis and a dream to reach the highest points in all 50 states of the USA.