Be able to identify the three basic periods in the history of Hollywood's production system
Studio system, independent, and studio system/independent (a combination of both----most common today)
Be able to list the five major studios until the 1950's (table 11.1) and the seven major studios today (table 11.5)
5 MAJOR BEFORE 1950'S: Paramount, MGM, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, RKO
7 MAJOR TODAY: Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, Dreamworks
Be able to identify the factors that will change a filmmaker's initial vision
Money (your budget), collaboration, and technology
Be able to describe the impact of independent producers on the nature of movie production on worldwide film markets
Independent producers are not currently dominating--- they're not having a huge effect
Be able to describe the relationship between the art of movies and its business, methods, filmmaking technologies, and production systems
All of them are inseparable from one another
Be able to describe moviemaking as a moneymaking enterprise vs. as an artistic, technical, and/or collaborative enterprise—which aspect defines moviemaking overall?
Be able to describe the constant "tug of war" that movies undergo between artistic vision and profitability
- The constant "tug of war" movies have IS between artistic vision and profitability.
Be able to identify the person who guides the entire production process from the initial planning of a film to its release
Be able to describe the effect that shooting out of chronological order has on filming costs, and the production process
- Can save $, but it can complicate the process-----actors struggle to create continuity.
Be able to describe the difference between film vs. digital technology
- Film is a physical medium, while digital is virtual---there is no physical product. Digital is easier and cheaper to use than film, uses less light, requires no processing and is easier to duplicate. HOWEVER, film has a particular aesthetic---film grain, depth of color and shadow!
Be able to identify the three phases of the filmmaking process
Pre-production, production, and post-production
Be able to identify the three stages of bringing a film to the screen
Shoot the film, process it, and project it/market it
Be able to identify the primary reason that movie theatres have not converted to digital technology
- Because of the cost of conversion
Be able to identify the number of setups that most directors try to shoot per day
Between 15-20 a day
Be able to identify the three developments that have changed the art of movies
Technology, changes in production process, and cinematic techniques/conventions.
Be able to identify what percentage of the movie industry's gross income the major studios account for