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The end is near
How do we know when films are about to end? Film scholar David Bordwell explores the question in-depth in this visually-oriented post from hispersonal blog. He uses several examples to look into this question, including films like "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," Griffith's "Broken Blossoms," and "The Silence of the Lambs."
Q: Where's all the VOD money?
VOD is grabbing all the headlines lately, especially after the recent announcement of YouTube going into the online rental arena. Steve Pond at The Wrap writes a compelling article about the new platform's main flaw: how much profit can it truly make? Filmmakers and distributors run the risk of succeeding on VOD only to show minimal results at the bank.
A: Netflix has it
One company that is making a profit off VOD is Netflix, which posted a $60.2 million profit on Monday. Netflix seems to be on top, but with new high-profile competitors lining-up it might be a question of how long the company can maintain its position.
Is this the last we see of "Atlas Shrugged"?
"Atlas Shrugged" producer John Aglialoro is looking to throw in the towel on expanding his planned three-part Ayn Rand saga, reports the L.A. Times. Originally intended to move to 1, 000 screens before adapting the other two thirds of Rand's epic tale of ultra-capitalism gone right, the producer tells the publication that he's considering calling it all off.
Facebook producing friends
The Guardian shares this story of crowdsourcing going global as Indian director Onir independently financed his film "I Am" through Facebook after Bollywood studios turned down the project. The gay-themed film possibly proved too controversial in the conservative-leaning industry but was able to fund more than a third of its $675, 000 budget online.