Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Faster tech means shrinking blockbusters


As high definition screens get cheaper and computers get faster, yesterday’s whiz-bang blockbuster effects are today and tomorrow’s “meh.” Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing maestro and sci-fi author, says the only hope for science fiction films, traditionally the most top-heavy in the effects department, is to head for the really small screen, like video iPods and cell phones. He also points out that while that cuts out a shot at the Hollywood lottery, it’s a contest very few were winning to begin with.

And another venue potential content creators are looking at is Youtube, which has the potential to smash apart traditional broadcast advertising models. Wired has a interesting (though written a little cutely and hand-wavily for my tastes, surprising coming from On the Media’s Bob Garfield) article about what a pickle TV and Madison Ave. are in thanks to the coming of online video.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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