Entertainment Industry

The Casablanca Experiment

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All film buffs and cinephiles have seen the wonderful Casablanca, and an overwhelming majority consider it a masterpiece. The same goes for many other classics we consider to be true, lasting works of art.

And yet, if we ask ourselves, “Would this movie be made today?” Would it get past the never ending layers of filters —readers, creative execs, big-time execs, financiers, studio analysts, whatnot— that today’s Hollywood puts up to minimize commercial risk? I understand the question is not fair, because what was made at a certain time and place doesn’t necessarily have to made at a different time and place… But, since we all agree it is such a powerful film, I’ll take the liberty of posing the question.

Would Casablanca get green-lit in present-day Hollywood?

And I will answer with a real-life experiment, cited from Bill Mesce‘s book,  Overkill: The Rise And Fall of The Thriller Cinema (McFarland: 2007.)

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Screenwriting

Matthew Weiner on Screenwriting

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The Paris Review —that hipster-ish magazine that must be read with horn-rimmed glasses while smoking a pipe— features a not too frequent series of interviews with screenwriters under the title, “The Art Of Screenwriting.” I have only read their latest one, with Mad Men showrunner and creator Matthew Weiner. A few of his ideas called my attention and gave me interesting material to reflect upon.

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Entertainment Industry

Professionals In The “New” Entertainment Industry

In three years of film school, every single professor remembered to mention how the industry is changing, and how we shouldn’t miss out on those changes. The digital world is upon as, they’d say. Questions about the future of film and TV arise. Whether the traditional models of distribution and exhibition will remain or not. Whether the traditional path for a filmmaker is the same today as it will be tomorrow.

This strikes me as particularly important when it comes to prepare college students for their profession in the entertainment industry. After having studied a little bit the general landscape of our beloved showbiz, I’ve come to a few conclusions, which I presented earlier today to the faculty of the Department of Film, TV & Digital Media at University of Navarre.

Here you can download the full PDF in better quality: “Entertainment Professionals In The New Industry.

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