FLEETING FAME: WHY I THINK REALITY TELEVISION IS NOT GOING AWAY

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“We watch they fall apart, we continue to watch.”


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Reality television has always been an aspect of American life. We look at the Kardashian’s television and seem to think they were these creators of reality TV. But when you look back in time, reality television really started with these dating games shows. Where we watch someone try to win a date with another person based on a series of questions.

But in today’s society, when we hear reality television, we think about the idea of watching a family on television. Normal people who put their families on TV for the sake of letting people into their homes. Only problem is, there is always trouble once you let people into your life.

it all falls apart

At least once on every one of these reality television shows has been a major divorce or other family break up. Why, it’s because you don’t put your life out there for mass consumption. Because now, you are subject to the same ridicule as any other celebrity. And this is when everything starts to fall apart.

These average American who are now open to the public are ready for what is in store. People who pursue this as a career know what they’re getting themselves in to. But the average Joe is looking at it from the fame standpoint.

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We love watching reality for the simple purpose of the train wreck. No one tunes in to a show to watch the television show about a family doing well. But if you add a break up and some fighting, now you’re in business. It’s a topic of discussion among people in society. Only problem is that you become invested in a show just to watch the drama unfold.

Then once the family decides to make a change and not fight, we don’t watch. There is something about watching people fall apart that makes us appreciate our own lives. But most of all, it makes us able to cope with our mess, to watch someone else’s mess unfold. And that shift in change leaves us detached from them because now they are no longer us.


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WALT STREAMING: HOW IT’S SMART FOR DISNEY TO GET IN THE STREAMING BUSINESS

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“MICKEY MOUSE ON DEMAND.”


WALT

Disney is an entertainment multinational conglomerate that has been providing us with a fun experience for nearly a century. And they have always been at the forefront of change in multimedia. So it came as no surprise witnessing companies like Netflix, Hulu, Vimeo, and Amazon generate staggering revenues in the entertainment space, Disney would follow.

FINDING THEIR PLACE

Disney is some unknown company jumping into a space they know nothing about or have a fan base. It’s a rusted name that even their competition grew up on as children. And with Disney Image result for DISNEY acquisitionacquiring 20th Century FOX, they have such leverage in their ability to control content. They now own ABC Television and a large portion of FOX programming.

This does not only put them in the game for films and television series, but also news, sports, and more development for future content.

PUSHING OUT THE COMPETITION

Now, with Disney in the game, someone stands a chance of being removed from the equation. They have the ability to force someone out because they have so much control already in the entertainment business. So, who will be the first to be pushed out, or lose a large amount of the market?


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YouPay: HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE BEFORE YOUTUBE START CHARGING FOR USAGE

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“You will pay, or you won’t use.”


YouTube

YouTube has been a platform for video and/or audio content since the year 2005. And over the past 13 years, it has grown in massive size. It is no longer just that content platform for just showcasing you to the world. It is now a medium for entertainment content as well. But will it ever be a place where people are charged a fee for usage?

film/television/radio

You can already upload content for people to purchase just as you would any other site. Only difference between YouTube and lets say Netflix, is that Netflix is a lot more selective. You have to have a following for your content. And then they will take a risk on investing in you. But with YouTube, you can sell directly to consumers, where YouTube takes a cut.

And if you decide to stream for free, understand that streaming dollars are very small for the person who is capitalizing. Still, what are the opportunities if YouTube decides to change up the game and start charging and being selective.

subscriptions

Right now, the majority of people you subscribe to on their channel, you can see their content for free. But this could also be a change to the site. Because YouTube may not charge the users, but the people who want a channel. Then, that would mean, the channel owners have to now charge for people to see their content. This would cut down on people uploading property not their own like song lyrics with the videos.

could it be

Then again, what if the people who use YouTube start to reject the new method. Then you would have this wide open market for people looking elsewhere. Or, the other decision is people paying because they want to use it so bad. Then again, some new young budding entrepreneur could use this as an opportunity to start their own new YouTube.


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BLACK PRESSURE: WHY AREN’T OTHER ETHNIC GROUPS PRESSURED LIKE WE PRESSURE EACH OTHER

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“Why so much pressure?”


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As an African American in entertainment, we have worked tirelessly to aim at finding our place in the business. And over the years, we have placed pressure behind studios and television networks who make dollars from us, yet don’t want the representation present. So here we are today with that same push in the industry.

And with the success of the most recent movie, Black Panther, are more filmmakers who are Black going to be expected to make the same decisions now as Coogler? But the topic for today is why are we expected to only make films with a Black conscious to them?

images are powerful

I remember looking through both my sisters Victoria Secret catalogs as a young boy seeing Adriana Lima. And from that time until now has been 18 years, and I still have an attraction toward Brazilian women. Just my curiosity at the age of 12 years old. I wanted to know what was her name, where she came from, who else is from this country.

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And this is where the push from so many Black artists come from. The idea that these images last forever and that so many young people are seeing someone that looks like them doing great things. Even the Cosby Show has spurred out a generation of young Black professionals in their careers. Why, well because the wife was an attorney and the father was a doctor. Black kids at that time didn’t think we were “allowed” to be doctors and lawyers.

making art for art sake

For me as an Indie filmmaker and soon to be photographer, I have so many ideas that paint Black people in a positive light. But I also have ideas that I would like to incorporate other groups as well. So where does the line between making art for the sake of art, and having an obligation to the ethnic group in which you belong?

Because a lot of people would say just make art. But there are so many negative connotations and interpretations of  Black people in America, that if I have the ability to put something out there that is painting us in a positive light, then why not. Because when there is nothing good about a group to say or show, it becomes the face of the group.


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THE MOVIE OF ME: COULD YOUR LIFE BE A MOVIE

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“Life, in camera, action.”


my life

A lot of people seem to think that they are interesting to have a movie made about their lives. But the ones who have movies made are sat aside from the norm. Like the war movie Hacksaw Ridge about the conscientious objector who refused to fire his rifle during the Second World War. But became a hero by saving lives not killing.

Or the movie The Butler about the man who served in the White House for presidents spanning multiple decades. Just being a person with a family story is not good enough. It has to be something that is of interest that sets people aside from the rest. But what if your life could be a film? For starters, who even knows you exist?

research

Numerous books and articles are written about people’s lives. And some news article in a local paper or channel could spark the interest of a filmmaker watching. A story that no one has ever heard of before. Just the neighbor up the street who thinks that they are interesting is not good enough.

Or, you can start to just look up random information on a particular topic, then after that start to narrow down who will be the central person to write about. Now let’s say it is you a film is being made about; then what next? It’s not enough to just sit down and write words on a page. You have to interview, get to know the person, and people in the person’s life.

can it work

Now, let’s say the film is made and it hits theaters. How will people receive this film? Like I said before, we all think that our lives are interesting until we come across another person’s or groups of people who had the same lives. Do we see this movie as unique from our own lives. There has to b something that is of substance that deviates from the norm.

Like I said, a television show based around a well-known detective who was known for cracking cases in a major city, or even a woman removing herself from an abusive husband. And the extremes she went to to leave him that has never been done. So knowing what is original and what has been done before is crucial.


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INTERTAINMENT COLLAPSE: WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THESE ONLINE PLATFORMS FOR FILM DIED

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“When majors become minors.”


Platforms – streaming

Over the past 10 years, we have seen a drastic increase in the number of market share that online entertainment platforms have in the industry. But something came to mind the more I started thinking about the shift. What would happen in the event one of these major platforms, if not a few went bankrupt? How could this shake up the market?

the market

When observing the market, an article was written by Tech Crunch back in April of 2017 which put Netflix at the top of the heap as far as audience versus reach. And behind them is Dish Network’s Sling, followed by Hulu, YouTube, Amazon, and then HBO GO. Now, the idea of one of these companies going under could be catastrophic since some have valuation close to, if not over $100 billion. The photo below is of the article diagram of this data from Tech Crunch website.

could it be?

Still, with all the control that some of these platforms have, it could happen. There companies in America far bigger that have went under. So don’t think for one second that the spot of a company is fool proof. It could go under. And that would mean companies who compete, not audiences, scrambling for a position over the market. People are fine, we’ll always find an alternative.

the who

There is no real way to know for a fact who will be the who to go under. That is impossible to find out because it would mean knowing company information. But whoever does, if anyone, you’re talking a wide open market; especially if it’s Netflix, Sling, or Hulu.


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A DYING MEDIUM: HOW THEATERS ARE BECOMING A PAST PLACE TO WATCH MOVIES

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“The intimate has become less intimate.”


the experience

In the past, when people would venture to the movie theater, it was more than just watching a film. The entire experience surrounding it was an event of its own. We have watched the theater go from a black and white projection screens to a multinational companies with high definition screens. But another experience is taking over, and that is the internet/at home experience.

from the comforts of your couch

Today, people have more of a reason to be a couch potato than any other time period in history. Why, well it’s because the idea of watching everything from a device in your hand. There is no need to go to theaters Image result for movie deviceanymore. As a matter of fact, you can elect to  pay more money and watch the movie from home before it leaves theaters.

not just for the wealthy

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There used to be the days where only the rich could own their own home movie theaters as you can see from the photo above. In the past if someone told you they had a home cinema, you thought they were extremely wealthy. But now, there average Joe, thanks to YouTube tutorials and other helpful tools are building their own home theaters as seen in video below.

This video below of a YouTuber Jonathan Danforth building himself a home theater system. It is a 14 stage process he took to building it. Watch all his videos and enjoy.

 

what is to come for the future

In the future, theater companies will have to adapt the same way everyone else has adapted. Making money in theaters are becoming harder and harder to accomplish. It’s the reason the superhero craze has taken hold. But eventually we’ll get tired of that craze, and then the studios and theater companies are in trouble. Because going to the theater is not enjoyable anymore.


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