Here are 7 prophetic statements about the future of movies, written in response to our post “Seven Problems In The Film Industry.” Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments section…
1. The internet is changing everything… the power has always been held by the people who control the screens; right now I sit in a coffee shop and 50% of people have a screen in front of them that could play a movie.
2. Crowd sourcing is a fad… you maybe able to make your first film, or a film that is issue-centric by crowd sourcing it online, but financing a slate of films through this method is nigh on impossible; essentially the crowd sourcing model is not an even win/win, the filmmaker on most occasions wins and the donor loses.
3. Big screen cinema are not going to just simply disappear, people will still enjoy the larger, big screen entertainment experience… however through ancillary story telling methods, the people, by way of the internet will dictate what stories actually make it to the big screen.
4. Brands will heavily invest in online movie content and this will become one of the primary methods of financing movies; rather than having your cinema story interrupted by “banal and obvious” product placements, brands will find content, content makers and an audience that distinctly appeal to the altruistic goodness of their brand and company.
5. Stories will become bigger than just the onscreen movie experience (although these must still work as stand alone stories in themselves), back stories, side stories, and post cinema stories will live and breathe online, drawing audiences to the cinema and to the film story itself.
6. Social Media will connect fans together and empower their voice; while this appears obvious, the connection between social media and interactive storytelling has yet to be mined or used effectively by any filmmakers.
7. The result of all of this will see the democratizing of film with a resultant effect of creating films that once again have a strong voice, story again will become king.
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