Hollywood accounting and Piracy

Why do people pirate films and television shows? It is the burning question that has Hollywood executives and producers alike trying to figure out (despite really knowing why). But is there more to this topic than just accessibility to content, and it’s immediacy? We might as well delve right into this, because you’re going to be shitting bricks. In the recent article on Kotaku the author Mark Serrels explains how he went about trying to legally obtain a copy of Game of Thrones. And by obtain, I mean watch it through the legal broadcast service in Australia – Foxtel. I...

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Writing hidden characters

So the first post of 2015 comes a third of the way into the year but I sure you there has been good reasons. But to break up that hiatus, is an interesting discussion about writing characters. There are thousands, if not millions of resources about writing characters for your television show or your film. They often tell you about writing about a back story, and make them seem human. There seems to be some sort of check list that will form (even in the new age manuals who claim there is “no one way”). What they won’t tell you,...

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American Sniper

When killing is a man’s talent, what effect does that have on the man? With 255 kills, American Sniper follows the real-life heroics of the most lethal marksman in US military history. Clint Eastwood has crafted his best cinematic achievement since Gran Torino, as he assembles an honest depiction of war, romance and the depression, which crawls up inside Chris Kyle. Bradley Cooper, almost unrecognisable, plays a much larger Chris as he packs on 40 pounds in preparation for the role. The raw war violence, which Eastwood has brilliantly illustrated, is high up in the ranks along with Inglorious Basterds...

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