What comes to your mind at the mention of Netflix?

The word echoes movies… right?

Movies in the modern age have come a long way. The industry adopts various innovative solutions to improve the experience of watching movies to draw and capture the attention of its audience.

With old outdated techniques out of the way, new trends emerging and better techniques being adopted, moviemakers are able to keep you wanting more.

Film directors, producers, and other industry stakeholders often look for new ways of keeping up with trends in the industry as they come up.

Moreover, according to SelectUSA, the film industry of the United States of America generated $31 billion in 2013 as revenue. The annual expenses at the box office were almost $11 billion.

The ever-increasing revenue in the movie industry is a testament to the popularity of the films released every year. Movie fans aren’t just in the U.S but also across the globe.

The global film industry is technological art. This explains the role of technology, business and culture in the movie industry.

Here’re some trends redefining the film industry.

They include:

  • Netflix revolution and internet video streaming technology
  • The 4K+ technology
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Incorporating and celebrating diversity
  • The renaissance of cinematography

Top 5 trends reshaping the film industry

  1. The Netflix revolution and internet video streaming technology

Netflix is a pioneer in the streaming video market. It ushered in the existing battle of big media names for a share of the market.

The internet has shifted cinema (both theater-wise and outside it) from television, DVDs, and cable to online media streaming.

As the pioneer of the internet streaming business, Netflix dominates the industry segment. It has invested heavily in acquisitions and production to support the making-of features and series.

According to an article published on Forbes, Netflix invested $6 billion dollars in 2017 in video content. It hit a subscriber base of 117 million in the same year, 50% drawn from the U.S market and the other 50% from other parts of the world.

The internet streaming giant generated $11 billion in revenue; a figure almost similar to that of the US Box Office’s total revenue for the same year. The company registered an increase in revenue by 36% from its earnings in the previous fiscal year.

In 2018, the company invested an additional $8 billion on 80 feature films and 700 series.

According to the same article, the e-Commerce giant, Amazon, is trailing behind Netflix in the internet streaming business. It invested $4.5 billion in 2017 in movies and series.

According to a statement made by Jeff Bezos, the Amazon CEO, “…we get to monetize that video content in an unusual manner. Winning a Golden Globe helps us sell more shoes.” He explains that quality movies help develop his brand.

Both Netflix and Amazon also buy top quality video content from recent directors and innovative filmmakers such as:

  • Alfonso Cuaron
  • Coen brothers
  • Todd Haynes
  • Ildiko Enyedi
  • Dees Rees
  • Bong Joon-Ho

Disney, worth $155 Billion, launched the Disney Plus, an on-demand streaming service, in 2019 for a share of the internet video content market.

Facebook (worth $511 billion) and Apple (worth $888 billion) are also set to enter the market and compete with Netflix (worth $130 billion), Amazon (worth $722 billion), and the new entrant, Disney.

There’s an ongoing rumor that Apple wants to buy Netflix. Think of big fish swallowing the small fish in the “video content” tank with lots of small fish.

  1. The 4k+ resolution technology

Netflix also attributes its success to the adoption of 4K technology. This is projected to be the standard for feature- and post-production in the future.

The internet streaming giant only produces video content with UHD resolution (3840 pixels or 4K quality). It works on a “4K rule” it follows strictly.

The new Alexa LF camera and iPhone help movie producers to meet the strict quality requirement. Additionally, the likes of Dan Sasaki and Michael Cioni provide 6K and 8K resolutions using large format cameras.

Oversampling allows 8K videos to be downsized to 4K content quality.

  1. Virtual and augmented reality

Technological changes in the film industry are redefining storytelling. Virtual reality has become possible in the recent past. It involves simulations being generated in 3D settings or images using computers.

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented technology is an emerging trend in the film industry that experienced significant growth in 2019.

The global economic impact of virtual and augmented reality, according to Statista, was projected to hit the $29.5 billion mark by 2020.

The virtual environments are confined within a headset to provide the unlimited potential to safely create content that resonates with consumers. VR and augmented reality can instruct, entertain and even educate audiences in totally unique ways.

For instance, Martin Percy, a BAFTA award winner, placed viewers in a scenario of a house fire in the VR 360 film that lasts two minutes. The VR film uses auditory and visual cues to immerse viewers safely in a situation that’s life-threatening. It also promotes secure ADT products for safety simultaneously.

More film producers will follow in Percy’s footsteps, using VR to tell their stories. Ultimately, technology is bound to redefine the future of filmmaking.

  1. Incorporating and celebrating diversity

Cultural changes in the film industry are seeing more women and blacks taking up roles of power in movies.

Character diversity on screens is growing as a critical cultural trend. The first female superhero protagonist, Wonder Woman, sends a powerful message to young viewers through the strength and charisma of Gal Gadot.

Similarly, Black Panther by Ryan Coogler generated billions of dollars in record time as gross income, sending a strong message to the heads of studios. The film marked a milestone in the genre.

Diversity has also been witnessed behind the scenes. Mudbound by Dee Rees saw Rachel Morrison, a female cinematographer, win an Oscar. She also shot a big action movie, the Black Panther.

Unlike two decades ago, in 2017 18% of females hold positions in behind-the-scenes roles. This is according to an article published on Indie Wire.

Bradford Young, an African-America, shot A Star Wars Story; Patty Jenkins, a female director, ranked in the box office top 20; Greta Gerwig, an Oscar nominee, directed Lady Bird; and Ava DuVernay, a female African-American, directed a movie with over $100 million budget.

Hopefully, the increasing trend of diversity in the industry will evolve big studio films’ stories and themes.

  1. The renaissance of cinematography

Various techniques and tools are opening doors into the renaissance of cinematography.

Filmmakers are using various formats such as spherical digital, anamorphic and negative film to drive their cinematographic roles. Films are being shot with Panavision 65mm, Imax, Red 8K and Alexa 65 to produce large formats.

With increasing cinematography tools, filmmakers have more options (including tech security solutions) to gauge and tell their stories. Additionally, they use different technologies on a single project for a unique and better outcome.

As an example, Steve Yedlin used a combination of Alexa 35mm, 65mm and Alexa camera with spherical and anamorphic lenses to produce Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Unlike before, cinematographers have more tools (lenses, cameras, and formats) at their disposal. They encompass full-frame, supper 16, 65, super 35, spherical, digital, film and anamorphic variations.

The professionals are more INNOVATIVE, CREATIVE and PLAYFUL with film textures and imagery to produce better experiences. Other talented cinematographers driving the industry include:

  • Larry Fong
  • Javier Aguirresarobe
  • Matthew Jensen
  • Paul Cameron
  • John Mathieson
  • Salvatore Totino
  • Hoyte van Hoytema
  • Stephen F. Windon
  • Chung-Hoon Chung
  • Henry Braham
  • Michael Seresin
  • Fabian Wagner

Conclusion

Other trends shaking the film industry include faith-based movies becoming hugely profitable and increased social commentary films. The use of computer-generated imagery (CGI) technology for practical effects and found or handheld footage in horror Indie films are also trending.

Films are also more emotionally engaging and feature more vaping than cigarettes. Seat reservation, movie review platforms, better food choices and availability of longer movies are also redefining the industry.

Do you know an eruptive trend in the film industry not covered in this article that you’d love to share? Leave your comment in the box below.

An Encounter with Simone Weil tells the story of French philosopher, activist, and mystic, Simone Weil (1909-1943) — a woman Albert Camus described as “the only great spirit of our time.” On her quest to understand Simone Weil, filmmaker Julia Haslett confronts profound questions of moral responsibility both within her own family and the larger world. From the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War to anti-war protests in Washington DC, from intimate exchanges between the filmmaker and her older brother, who struggles with mental illness, to captivating interviews with people who knew Simone Weil, the film takes us on an unforgettable journey into the heart of what it means to be a compassionate human being.

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– NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“…heartbreaking and inspiring.”

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Are you a fan of the scariest of movies? What do you do after such a heart-wrecking experience?- It is what you do after that which determines whether you will have a peaceful sleep or not. This is the time you need to have a hot bath to enhance blood circulation for the body to relax and unwind. Remember you have sat for a long period and you have aches all over. Neck and back pains are common after watching a movie for long. As long as you set the temperature of the water heater right you will not fail to enjoy your bath.

Why use hot water?

Naturally, people bath with hot water to complement the cold weather. There are many health benefits of hot water. All you need is to invest in a durable water heater, preferably the tankless heaters which comes in handy to save on cost. The main reasons why it is important to bath with cold water include

Enhances blood circulation

The moment the body comes in contact with warm water then the blood vessels are stimulated to work at optimum levels. The impact of this increases heart metabolism which enhances blood circulation. Blood is like the fuel of all the body functioning. This promotes good health.

Supports better sleep and reduces insomnia

Lack of sleep has many negative effects on overall human health. It is common to lack sleep after watching scary movies. This is the time you need both the body and mind to relax and return to normalcy. You will only achieve this once you have an improved circulation that stimulates the relaxation process.

Relieves any pain and inflammation

Sitting in the same position for long while watching a movie can cause muscle pains in areas where there is a strain. When there is contact with warm water then the inflammations reduce since in most cases it is poor blood flow.

Promotes positive thoughts

After such a scary movie, your mind wanders and thinks of many negative things. You cannot just get to sleep in that mood. You will have nightmares. This is the time you now need to have a hot bath to makes you feel better. The advantage of this is the fact that it stimulates the hormones responsible for positivity giving you a better feeling.

Promotes overall good health

When you have cold or flu-like symptoms the best remedy is to keep yourself warm. This is what a hot bath does. After being out in the movie room, is that it is a different temperature, in case you are allergic to stimuli then there is no need to wait for the trigger to take effect. Just take warm water to maintain the body temperature to keep you healthy and strong.

Based on the benefits of hot water then it is evident that this is must-have equipment at home to make sure that you have a hot bath after a movie session to get that dreaded sleep that you have longed for since the day began.

Have you sat and watched a movie that is eye-catching to an extent you postpone everything just to watch it from start to finish? NZT movie is one such type of movie which has another limitless name. Neil Burger the Director and Leslie Dixon the producer took their time to make a thrilling film that shows the power of a nootropic drug that enhances the brain of the main actor who is an author.

The plot begins from a writer Eddie Morra who has a girlfriend Lindy. Lindy feels that Eddie is not hardworking enough. She thinks that the effort Eddie puts on the writing does not commensurate the rewards and decides to break up with him. At this point, he is vulnerable and falls into the trap of her ex-wife brother Vernon who introduces him to this powerful drug to help him progress in his book writing skills. He now feels he has more power to handle multiple works than when he was pout of drugs. They become fond of each other until after some months Vernon was murdered by his accomplice in the drug deal. Now that Eddie is addicted to this drug and it proves that it has changed his way of life for the better, he still resorts on how to get the daily pills of drugs from Vernon’s sources.

He now makes god money from his writing career and he now wants to be an investor. This helps him to meet financial millionaire to strike a deal. At this point, he has times skip as side effects to the drug. It is at this time when he was meeting with the financial tycoon Gennady, he watched the news and notices that there is a lady that was murdered in his hotel room and realizes she had slept with her during the time skips. This is the beginning of trouble for he is now followed. Gennady on noticing his usage of NZT; he now introduces himself to yet another millionaire who they are to do a bank merger by the name Carl Van Loon.

At the end of the meeting, Eddie goes into a time skip for 18 hours. This is a temporary memory lapse as a side effect of the drug. At this point, they are back together with the girlfriend Lindy but they later broke up as a result of the excess use of the drug and its side effect especially when it comes to a high sexual urge that Lindy could not cope with.

Eddy is noticing that this is a drug that either kills or sends people insane He is also addicted and now decides to set up his laboratory and dietary measures to cope up with the side effects. The Tycoon in which he has a merger is also on the drug but later was murdered. Gennady now uses Eddie as his drug supplier and there is a man in a trench cost whom he later recognizes as Gennady’s bodyguard who he uses to source the drug. Vernon goes into a coma and finally dies.

He is now on the run as the prime suspect and tries to lock himself in the house to avoid arrests. After a year, Eddie is doing well financially to a point that he can run for the Senate seat in the United States. He uses his laboratory to test his dosage and to manage its side effects.

Up to this point, you cannot just afford to switch off the TV or laptop. You just want to watch and see how the events unfold.

Introduction:

How does one differentiate between a healthy body and an unhealthy one? A body seems later if it is too chubby, too chunky or too FAT, right? Body Shaming is something which is experienced by the majority of people during their childhood and even when they are adult, whereas a healthy body is nonetheless praised and complimented on every possible occasion. When it is said that a person must have a proper discipline in their lifestyle, it includes showing discipline in their food, their routine and way of living. It might sound a little weird at the beginning but this lifestyle of yours will decide your own health condition.

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Bradley Cooper though had done a great job to convey this thought through one of your options as his most underrated movies, “Limitless”. Abuse of a drug called the NZT-48 PILL is introduced in the movie. The pill when ingested makes the character of Bradley Cooper (Eddie Morra) to experience it as a hallucinating drug at first. But as the drug kicks in, he starts seeing things which he was unable to focus on before! In other words, he would become Sherlock Holmes for as long as the effects of the drugs last. Eddie says, “I was blind but now I see.” Is that not how everyone wants to live their life by? Knowing what is going on around you, without missing an eye on anything important, being one step ahead than everyone else.

When he first ingests the pill, he notices many things while his landlady is still yelling at him. As the pill starts to kick in he experiences a superior power in within.

He notices the smallest possible details of the woman and supposedly the pill starts doing the job on his brain making him process those details and relate them with what he already knew even something as long as 12 years before in his unconscious brain and making the woman fall for him.

All these things he never remembered but with the pill he was able to get access, recall them and use them when needed. The problem with the NZT-48 PILL was that in the end, they were just a pill, a pill that might number out one day, a pill that might affect in his later life. Ever thought what would have Eddie done if, in the end, he would fail to arrange a proper source of those pills? No? So is it possible to have the effects of the pills without ingesting any foreign substance?

Is it possible to have a healthy lifestyle, to remember and recall someone or something you heard, saw or read somewhere before, a feeling of living an abstemious and tidy life, being clear on what to do and how to do? Having all the information you ever known, organized and available. Is anything not possible? Say for yourselves.

Conclusion:

In the end, NZT PILLS are nothing but a metaphor of an analogy of discipline, a discipline one should have in-built to live a healthy life in a heroic manner and remember; it has been and always will be, up to you!

We all need some little inspiration for us to start our day. Feel like binging again? How about watching sports films. Sports shows us the literal meaning of losing and winning. Have here the top five must-watch inspirational movies that will help you keep going:

Homerun — It’s a story of an alcoholic ballplayer who was suspended and required to attend rehab. His Story is not new to us, and you don’t even have to be a famous sports icon to be the later. It shows us that you are not alone in your battles.

Facing the Giants — It’s a story of an underdog who is challenged to meet the giants in the field of football. Most of them don’t have extraordinary backgrounds. The team consists of unconventional football players, and one remarkable teammate is even overweight. However, he was able to surpass the training with the help of their inspiring coach, faced with a lot of loses and frustrations. The film showed a happy ending since they were able to win the game after so many years of losses. The film tells us that nothing is impossible if you will work harder. The Life story of successful sports Icon

Michael Jordan — He experienced failing in his first attempt to enter high school varsity team. So if you could imagine if he gave in to his discouragement, he wouldn’t be as popular as he is up to now. Emerging newcomers in the sports industry are now being compared to this hall of Famer.

Lionel Messi — his size and height were not at par with his age. In spite of that, he became one of the most successful footballers in history, from being bullied in school to being one of the biggest in his industry. It only shows us that even if we were born with this condition, A situation that we didn’t choose to have, can only determine how we respond to it That is what makes a winner. It’s possible to achieve what you have been dreaming.

Tim Tebow — He was born in the Philippines since his parents were working as a missionary back then. Being born and raised in the mission field means not having the luxury that everybody would always dream of It even requires a lot of moving from place to place, but this didn’t stop him from achieving his dreams, football. He was an athletic scholar in his college days, and he was spotted since he plays excellently. They said you are only as good as your last play, but the list goes on with regards to his achievements.

Aside from that, he never forgot his roots. He organized in putting up this hospital in Mindanao which was named after him “Tebow Cure Hospital” He continues to inspire people not just in the playing field but also in giving practical help to the needy. It shows us that we should also help and encourage other people and we get inspired in return.

Life Lesson in Film
Yes, life can be very discouraging with all these setbacks. In our every dealings with work, love, family and not just in sports, remember that after we made a lot of mistakes, one can always get up, wear your Wisconsin motorcycle temps cub helmet rub and show up!

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