Binge Watching

By Mary Lynne Detoni-Hill, Nova Filmhouse Staff

With the popularity of sites like Netflix and Hulu, not only the format of how we are getting our content has changed but also the way in which we watch this content has changed. Both Netflix and Hulu have complete television series available for immediate consumption which has given birth to the new trend of binge watching. On these sites, when watching a series, the next episode starts immediately after the previous one. The viewer doesn’t even need to click on the screen; the new episode simply starts. Binge watching occurs when the viewer watches multiple episodes of a show in one sitting.

In some respects, binge watching is very popcorn-eatinggood not only for online sites but also for television shows still on the air. When the hit AMC show, Breaking Bad first aired, the ratings weren’t great and even the fourth season finale only had 1.9 million viewers. The season five (and series) finale brought in an astonishing 10.3 million viewers. These ratings jumps so late in a show’s run are extremely rare. Breaking Bad is available on Netflix and slowly grew in popularity as people discovered it. Even between the fourth and fifth seasons, people were able to binge watch the almost 50 episodes on Netflix and then they were ready and excited to watch the final season on AMC. The ability to binge watch and catch up to where the show currently is, brings people back to the original television network.

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Original Programming for the Web

By Mary Lynne Detoni-Hill, Nova Filmhouse Staff

The face of film and television seems to be changing with the constantly growing popularity of websites such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. People are, in considerable numbers, turning to these sites to not only catch up on last night’s programming they might have missed but also to discover new content. Online streaming seems to be quickly becoming the way in which the country consumes media. Girl and Computer

Sites like Netflix and Hulu have thus far provided a complementary service to network and cable television. Hulu airs shows after they have already aired on television. Much like actual television, it uses sponsored ads to help pay for content. Viewers also have the option of paying for a monthly plan which will allow quicker access to certain content as well as access to additional content. Netflix is based solely on monthly subscription which allows access to thousands of film and television titles. In the television department, Netflix features access to full series that aren’t on the air anymore such as Lost  and 24. They also provide past seasons for certain shows still on the air such as Mad Men or Scandal.

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The Evolution of Piracy

By Yusuf Aktan, Nova Filmhouse Staff

Remember when bootleg DVDs were all the rage? You know, back when piracy was difficult… and frowned upon!

Official DVD made to appear fake

How to buy a bootleg DVD:

  1. 1) Meet trenchcoat-wearing mafioso in the alley behind Hooters.
  2. 2) Choose from a wide variety of misspelled titles.
  3. 3) Pay a small amount for the DVD, knowing full well that it will likely be spent on alcohol.
  4. 4) Go to hospital to treat the stab wound you acquired when it all goes horribly wrong!

After all that effort, the final product is likely a) in the wrong language, b) poor quality, and c) the wrong movie entirely.

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A Hundred Years of Hollywood History: Part 3

Part 3: Looking Forward

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Hollywood’s Longevity and Resiliency

Hollywood has been in existence for over 100 years and is thriving more than ever. This longevity endured major shifts in economic conditions and unimaginable advances in technology. It is one of the few industries to do so. While the economy was devastated during the Great Depression, the studios fared well. It did better than practically any other industry during that time!

If you look at the financial history of Hollywood it becomes clear that Hollywood
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A Hundred Years of Hollywood History: Part 2

Part Two: Winds of Change

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The collapse of the “Studio System”- the rise of the independents

Screen Shot 2013-09-29 at 11.42.57 PMIn 1938 the US Supreme Court ruled that the major studios held a monopoly and issued an antitrust action in United States vs. Paramount Pictures. Two years later the majors agreed to stop buying theaters and eliminate blind blocking (which required theaters to show a film without seeing it first.) However, four years later, the majors still held a monopoly. Another antitrust action addressed the five majors who responded by divesting themselves of all theaters. The majors were no longer exhibitors (theater owners). This created a huge problem because the big banks (who had previously financed the majors’ productions) were reluctant to finance their future films. This led to the majors’ decision to leave the production of films to independent studios. [more]

A Hundred Years Of Hollywood History: Part 1

A brief history of Hollywood

By Dror Soref, Nova Filmhouse Founder/CEO

Part one: Edison Invented the Kinescope and Look What Happened!

The Beginnings – Silent Era

about-kietiscopeHollywood’s origin can be traced back to 1890 when Edison invented the first motion picture camera, a peephole viewing machine that he called “kinetoscope.” Originally, silent short films were placed into Vaudevilles (theatrical shows made up of live entertainment such as musicians, plays, and magicians), as fillers between the acts. The owners of Vaudeville did not expect films to be successful, but to their surprise the audiences demanded more movies! That was a major encouragement for the nascent industry. Soon, small studios popped up all over the world, as did “Nickel” motion picture houses. Attendance exceeded 2 million people a week in the US. [more]

Why New Media?

By Michelle Patterson, Nova Filmhouse staff

This week I watched a film called “Anatomy of a Murder.” It was made in 1959 and is a whopping 160 minutes long. It was undoubtedly a wonderful experience, but it also took serious commitment to clear out enough time in my schedule to watch this almost 3-hour long film.

Nowadays I’ve noticed films typically run around 75% of Anatomy’s runtime, and I absolutely believe that this evolution has a lot to do with the changing lifestyles of the audience members. I mean, today I barely had time to eat — much less watch a 3-hour-long movie.

kids_around_computerHere’s the thing: in these busy times, sometimes even an hour and twenty minutes is too long. And another thing yet: I don’t want to waste my precious and limited entertainment time on anything but the highest quality content. I need great content and content that I can squeeze into a lunch break.

However, in the spirit of being innovative, let’s take this thinking a step further.

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