“Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.”–Charlie Chaplin
How wrong could Charlie Chaplin have been, over 100 years ago, when he made that statement? He was in the nascent stages of a film career that would make him one of the most iconic figures in the history of cinematic arts. Yet, even in the middle of a major communication revolution, he couldn’t see the forest for the trees. Today, technology changes that used to take decades, take barely a few months. Can we be any better than Charlie Chaplin at foreseeing which of today’s new media technologies will be the long term winners? For that matter, will anything last long enough to be considered “long term?” In Episode #10 of Seeking Delphi, I talk to author and filmmaker Steven D. Katz. He was writing about technologies like CGI and digital media for Millimeter Magazine before most others in the industry were even noticing them. Steve acknowledges that the traditional large-screen movie house will have to continue to up its game to compete with home technologies and distribution options that keep on getting better.
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Episode #10: The Future of Cinema and Digital Entertainment
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