Asian filmmakers perspective

It’s not a great article, but at least it’s an article looking at the world of film sales and development.

Right now the Busan (South Korea) International Film Festival is going on. BIFF is one of the biggest festival’s in Asia, with a bustling film market that often focuses on selling to the Chinese market (which will soon become the biggest market in the world).

Asian filmmakers hail globalisation of cinema

Japan News and Discussion

The actresses new clothes – digital nudity

Over on The Verge is an interesting article about the peculiar case of the non-nude naked actress. With an ever increasing number of tools available – even at lower budgets – creating ‘digital skin’ is now commonplace.

The Verge talks about the reasons – one, of course being that a lot of actors don’t want to appear nude, but hey, presto! we can strip you anyway.

Give it a read.

Why CGI nudity is here to stay

The motion picture camera was invented in 1889 – and less than a decade later, it was being used to create After the Ball, the first ever instance of nudity on film. It’s hard to say when the first…

A peek inside Amazon Studios and they’re non-data driven development

A good, if broad, article over on The Guardian about Amazon Studios – the content development arm of the already ubiquitous online retailer – and it’s chief Roy Price.

Of particular note is Price’s view on NOT over-using user data or metrics to drive it’s key decisions.

Amazon Studios chief: data isn’t everything as retailer looks at big picture

When it comes to the rapidly expanding TV and movies division of Seattle-based retailer Amazon, you might expect the company that religiously studies customer order histories, when and how people buy, what they’re buying and a slew of other metrics, to bring that same zeal for data to its slate of original content.

A look into new Indian cinema’s success

Over at ‘The Conversation’ website University lecturer Suman Ghosh takes a quick look at how new Indian cinema is managing to grow and thrive outside of the Bollywood system. India is an exciting market with an even more exciting industry. If you want to keep an eye on how you can succeed as an indie in a crowded market, you could do worse than learn from new Indian cinema.

Beyond Bollywood: new Indian cinema finds critical and financial success

She cooks for him; he removes the washing from the clothesline. Together they have a home, even though opposing work schedules means they hardly see each other. Asha Jaoar Majhey (Labour of Love, Bengali) is a story of marital love in a time of economic recession.

Why things aren’t getting better for musicians. Filmmakers, watch and learn

I believe that changes in the music industry usually are faster and earlier than in the film industry. We saw piracy of music take down large record labels while people in the film biz blithely believed themselves safe.

Over in the New York Times Sunday Review they have an in-depth article about one of the biggest issues: lack of transparency. We’ve already seen many complaints about Netflix and transparency. So, beware. And what can we do about it?

From the front lines of a diverse Hollywood…

I love Jon Ronson, and his articles for GQ are something I always wait for. This one covers a sad reality about the film and tv industry. After the scandal about the lack of women in top positions in the industry this article on the sad state of Muslim-American roles really is no surprise. In the UK I think actors fare better, but, America seems almost incapable of understanding that people of different backgrounds can play non-stereotypical roles.

It’s an important subject and I hope it gets more coverage.

How to grow a YouTube empire

Over at TechInsider there’s an indepth look at the rise of Smosh. Started by a couple of teens at home, in a time before money could be made on YouTube, they’ve gone on to amass billions of views and millions of subscribers.

THE ORIGINAL YOUTUBE STARS: How Smosh went from a ridiculous Pokémon video to a comedy empire

Teenagers Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla were living at home in 2005, months after graduating from high school, when they began to unlock the secrets of going viral.