In 2016, then-doctoral candidate Joe Velikovsky published his Ph.D thesis "Twenty-Four Open Problems In The Movie Screenwriting Domain", which was based on David Hilbert's 23 Mathematical Problems from 1900. An expanded version of the original idea appears on his website with forty-three items. Joe's work is extraordinary, in an
Amazon recently bought MGM, the last old-school studio in Hollywood. We're now in the laps of Big Tech: the kind of people who describe Friday night at The Pictures as "content". Our future as it currently stands is studios and production companies being commissioned to produce stale, woke garbage for
We all know it when we see it. Audiences are experts in sensing – and ignoring - the intentions of writers and filmmakers when they attempt to surreptitiously program their perception of reality. Stalin became fascinated with it and made the industrial capture of the art form a top political priority.
That Hollywood sees itself as a vehicle for social engineering is no secret. Whether it's the countless pro-America military extravaganzas (Top Gun, anyone?) or the mockery of it (Team America: World Police) or the ever-pervasive America Saves The World Again schema, the perception of Tinseltown as an engine for manipulating
Variety finally gets it.In academic circles, two of the most quoted scholars when discussing film are Harold Vogel, and Ian MacDonald. The former wrote “Entertainment Industry Economics: A Guide for Financial Analysis”, which establishes many of the accepted statistics of the field, such as there been an estimated
Ask any film industry veteran, and they will claim they are in any otherbusiness but film. Bruckheimer infamously claimed he was in the “transportation” business; just as the media tirelessly exhorts Hollywood is simply a marketing machine. The more cynical are far too oft to believe it is the “confectionery
It’s a cruel irony, Aaron Sorkin cannibalised his view on artistic “recycling” from T.S Eliot’s brutal reflection of creative realpolitick: “Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.”The great scientist, Issac Newton, simply acknowledged his inspirations: “If I have seen further it