Most Christians think Hollywood is a lost cause. In spite of the growing presence of ministry outreaches to the industry, as well as more Christians than ever working in media and entertainment, it’s easy to see after viewing some movies and television programming, that we’re not making much progress. But before we react from emotions, let’s actually take a look at the role Christianity played in some major movies this past year:
One of the reasons the Christian community continues to be marginalized in the culture is that we’re not engaging well in the area of arts and entertainment. We prefer to hold debates, apologetics conferences, create media for Christians, and other in-house projects that may be good, but only reach a small minority of people. Meanwhile,
My friend DeVon Franklin was the Senior Vice President of Columbia Tristar Pictures in Hollywood, and then launched his own movie production company. If you haven’t read his book “Produced by Faith” then I highly recommend it. I recently asked him his opinion of the single most important skill it takes to reach the top in the entertainment and media industry. His answer?
Just when most critics of TV were convinced online platforms had nailed the TV coffin shut, a resurrection of sorts is happening. And of all places, that TV resurrection is happening because of the online platforms we thought would would kill it. This year alone, online companies like Vice Media, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post and others are moving into new territory:
One of the biggest surprises of the last couple of years has been the explosive popularity of YouTube stars. As first reported in Variety Magazine in July, 2015: “YouTube stars have tightened their already impressive grip on U.S. teens since last year, demonstrating more influence than ever even when compared with mainstream household names including Taylor Swift and Johnny Depp.” Q Scores are essentially
Last week, our team participated in Variety Magazine’s Entertainment and Technology Summit hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. It featured representatives from the top media companies in the digital space today, all discussing what’s working and what’s not. I asked Wendy Wong, our digital strategist at Cooke Pictures to share with our readers her key insights from the event. Here’s her thoughts:
Over the years, I’ve produced and directed programming on location in more than 50 countries around the world. For everyone that spends lots of time on a film or video set – particularly in far away places – there are certain things you just don’t leave behind. Novices could do well to learn what more experienced filmmakers consider “must have” items during a shoot. For me? The top 3 would probably be my laptop (I’m always writing), a raincoat, and a great bag. In fact, I’m a little obsessive about bags and have way more than I should. But on location, a bag is my office, so I’m not afraid to spend money for one that does what I need. So I asked some other experienced professionals what were the top 3 absolutely “must have” items they take to every location. Here’s a few answers:
If you’re a regular reader of this blog you probably love media, and have a passion to produce films, TV programming, or online content. But very often, that passion gets in the way of success, and it opens the door to the biggest reason most films fail: