1. Netflix Noms: “House of Cards” and season four of “Arrested Development” became the first digital series to receive major nominations, breaking the barrier between tradition TV and digital platforms like Netflix. Alison Willmore, Indiewire’s TV Editor, writes about how Netflix could shake up this year’s Emmy competition. Not so long ago, cable was the upstart at the Emmys. Will we see programming from digital platforms dominate in the near future?
2. Instagram Movie: We wrote about the first-ever Instagram trailer (for the new “Jobs” film) the other day. Now there’s a new Instagram movie consisting of eight 15-second segments. The film, “Steady and Shakes,” is posted on actor David Koechner’s Instagram page. The “Anchorman” actor created the movie with actor Harland Williams.
3. Digital Piracy: Think twice before you illegally download that feature. In a guest post over at Ted Hope’s blog, Jim Cummings writes compellingly about how digital piracy hurts indie filmmakers. As internet speeds around the world increase, the situation will only get worse, according to Cummings.
4. Google Glass: In a special report on Google, Variety asks, “How Much Could Google Glass Change The Way People Consume Content?” “Murderball” director Henry-Alex Rubin tells Variety that Google Glass “is the most exciting idea in filmmaking since the invention of video. It may even be more radical than the videocamera.” But Google Glass brings with it many concerns, in particular privacy. Will we see a new generation of Google Glass creators who use the technology in a new and innovative ways? Or will we lose more of our eroding privacy?
5. Netflix Crops: We love Netflix and congratulate the streaming company on its Emmy noms. But we are also concerned about reports that Netflix is cropping movies. The Tumblr What Netflix Does shows some egregious examples of poor cropping. Netflix responded to the accusations, saying “we don’t crop movies or TV shows at Netflix. We want to
offer the best picture and provide the original aspect ratio of any
title on Netflix. However, unfortunately our quality controls sometimes
fail and we end up offering the wrong version of a title. When we
discover this error, we replace that title as soon as possible.” Is that a good enough excuse?
Meanwhile, you can see two examples below of how Netflix cropped films by Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” As Kevin Jagernauth points out at “The Playlist,” these examples don’t affect U.S. streams, but there are many other examples of U.S. movies getting butchered.