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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 7: 1, 9, 11-14, 16 1. How did film go from the novelty stage to the mass medium stage? • Thomas Edison developed new technology that enabled films to be seen on big screens • Narrative films : movies that tell stories moved films to mass medium stage by enticing viewers with suspension of disbelief 9. Why are documentaries an important alternative to traditional Hollywood filmmaking? What contributions have the made to the film industry? • Documentaries offer an educational, noncommercial form of media, which usually has the backings of government or philanthropies. • Allows filmmakers to go where cameras couldn’t go before and record life in a more realistic fashion • Willingness to tackle controversial topics and unpopular subject matter 11. How has home entertainment changed the film industry? • TV has weakened the film industry because more people opt to stay home and watch rather than go to the movies 12. How has the movie industry used television to its advantage? • Videocassettes were developed and people were able to watch films at home • When DVDs came out the film industry reeked the benefits of new technology because people bought all the movies they had on VCR again so they could have it on DVD 13. What are the various ways in which major movie studios make money from the film business? • Studios need at least one big hit a year to offset the losses for 80-90% of the films that did poorly in the box office 1. Box office success 2. DVD/video cassette releases and 4 months after it hits theaters 3. Selling the movies to premium channels 4. Distributing movies in foreign markets 5. Distributing independent films 6. Merchandise licensing from product placement 14. How do a few large film studios manage to control more than 90% of the commercial industry? • During the 1980s the movie industry hit a wall and started to struggle, to maintain order large companies bought smaller companies and the big six took over • All of the companies, besides Disney, are owned by even bigger companies which promote every aspect of a movie 16. What is the impact of inexpensive digital technology on filmmaking? • Camera work can be replayed instantly instead of waiting for the film to be developed • Can capture additional footage without concern for high cost of film stock and processing • Allows more opportunities for independent filmmakers to explore with what they want to film Chapter 14: 1-3, 7-14 1. What are the drawbacks of the informational model of journalism? • We could be producing too much information which means unchecked data and little thoughtful discussion • The amount of information the media now provides makes little impact on improving public and political life 2. What is news?...
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2012 for the course COM 143 taught by Professor Becker during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.
- Fall '08