Advance movie screening: 10 Tips to Screening your film

Finally, your movie is finished. You had your pre-screening which aided in final editing decisions. Now it’s time to have your film seen on a larger scale with an advance movie screening. Here are ten easy tips to make your … Continue reading

Standards and Practices

Anybody with a higher IQ than a labrador knows that there are certain words and body parts that are simply not allowed to be uttered or shown on a broadcast television channel. Someone who has not suffered multiple blows to … Continue reading

Shady side of advertising to children

Advertisers and marketing executives are a notorious bunch. It is no surprise to anybody that they use all sorts of questionable activities in order to try to sell their products to their intended demographic. It is just something that we … Continue reading

Music Video Corporations

If you are older than, say twenty-five, you can remember a time when MTV actually played music videos. If you are a teenager, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. Believe it, kids. MTV actually stands for Music … Continue reading

Country Music Production

In 2000, country music legends George Strait and Alan Jackson recorded a duet called, “Murder on Music Row”. The song was meant as a mournful dirge lamenting the death of what was considered ‘real’ country music. This was a time … Continue reading

Making Music Videos

Lets face the facts. Music videos being broadcast on television is a thing of the past. MTV, which was once the home to one of the most exciting new things to come out of modern entertainment, is now a dinosaur … Continue reading

Death of the Sitcom

The situation comedy is now over seventy years old. When you look at the birth of Television as a medium, you can easily call the situation comedy the afterbirth. While the early days were retoolings of radio shows like Amos … Continue reading

Writing for Animation

Next year, “The Simpsons” will have been on the air twenty years. This makes it the longest running prime time sitcom in history, and quite obviously the longest running animated sitcom. The Flintstones were long ago left in the dust … Continue reading

Music in Movies

Ever since the advent of the ‘talkie’, sound in movies has been just as integral as the visuals. When music is employed in a movie, it is used in a variety of ways. You’ll see it used in the background … Continue reading

Advertising Redux

Advertisers have a tough gig. Most people consider them to be the scourge of the entertainment industry, ranking somewhere in between porn directors and the bottom of a snake’s belly. But I’ll bet that if we walked a day in … Continue reading

Sound FX

When the average moviegoer thinks of all the hard work that goes into making a film, most of them will think of the director, and how brilliant his vision is. They’ll laud the fact that he was able to get … Continue reading

History of Digital Cinematography

Starting in the late 1980s, Sony began to make a marketing push to “electronic cinematography”, using analogue HDTV cameras. This was not particularly successful at the time. In 1998, with the production of HDCAM recorders and 1920 × 1080 pixel … Continue reading

Identifying Hollywood's Audiences

This collection of 11 new essays is the second of three planned volumes to be published by the British Film Institute based on research first presented at the 1998 Commonwealth Fund Conference. (I should acknowledge here that I participated in … Continue reading

Movie Wars, a Book Review

Movie Wars is the book Jonathan Rosenbaum, currently the film critic for the Chicago Reader, was born to write. It consolidates a lifetime of fervent, edgy cinephilia that began with a young fascination born of easy access to family-owned movie … Continue reading

Feminism, Feminity and the Rape-Revenge Cycle

Jacinda Read’s The New Avengers: Feminism, Femininity and the Rape-Revenge Cycle is part of the “Inside Popular Film” series which seeks, as its general editors proclaim in their description of the series, “to develop new ways of analyzing popular film” … Continue reading

The Practices of Film Reception

Perverse Spectators is an engaging book to read. Janet Staiger’s intellectual concerns are central ones for film study and she describes her own positions clearly and fluently and develops arguments in a thoughtful and considered manner. An attractive intellectual modesty … Continue reading

Real Images: Soviet Cinemas and the Thaw

Soviet Cinema and the Thaw If the image of the “Thaw,” a period which Josephine Woll dates from 1954 to 1967, conjures up a picture of a sudden release of creative energies that swept away the “ice” of the strict … Continue reading

Our Children and the Limits of Cinema - Media coverage of the Holocaust

Early Jewish Responses to the Holocaust For twenty years after the end of the Second World War, the West responded to the Holocaust with relative silence. During more recent decades, however, the West has sought to make the Holocaust part … Continue reading

Music and the Silent Film

Contexts & Case Studies, 1895-1924 By Martin Miller Marks Marks neither promises nor delivers a comprehensive history–he invites others to take up the challenge and provides them with the tools to make this work much easier. Indeed, after Music and … Continue reading

Cinema, Literature, and Sexuality in Spain and Cuba: 1983-1993

By Paul Julian Smith. The six studies grouped under the title Vision Machines offer, in the author’s own words, not a history of a recent decade of cultural production in Spain and Cuba but a “series of case studies: analyses … Continue reading

Hollywood v. Hard Core

How the Struggle over Censorship Saved the Modern Film Industry Hollywood history “is never dull.” But some histories read better than others. Jon Lewis wanted to structure this book less “less like an academic history” and more like a novel. … Continue reading

High Contrast

Race and Gender in Contemporary Hollywood Film By Sharon Willis Contrast: Race and Gender in Contemporary Hollywood Film is one of the most informed critical examinations published to date of the intersection of gender and race (reversal of words intended, … Continue reading

On the History of Film Style

A major casualty of the transformation of Film Studies that took place in the late 1960s and 1970s was the field of film aesthetics, which had, for better or worse, become inextricably bound up with auteurism. To study film style … Continue reading

Passionate Detachments

In Passionate Detachments, Sue Thornham otters a concise, accessible, intelligent, and lucid introduction to the writing of feminist film scholars from the 1970s through the 1990s and, in particular, an extremely useful synthesis of the influences of French film theory … Continue reading