How to be a film director in the 21st century
The rise of the internet, the spread of social media and the power of big data have all brought a new era of filmmaking, according to a new report from The Motion Picture Association of America.
The report, titled The Future of the Film Director, says it’s the age of “content creators” who are producing and distributing movies in ways that are now impossible for film studios to replicate, and the next generation of directors will be responsible for helping create the next great art form.
“In an age of social, data-driven and rapidly changing filmmaking, the new wave of filmmakers is a threat to Hollywood’s dominance,” said Michael P. Cohen, executive director of the Motion Picture Assn., in a statement.
“The new generation of filmmakers are more diverse, more experienced, and more creative than ever before.
They have the potential to create and bring out the best in the best of us.”
Cohen went on to say that the movie industry has been “slowly but surely becoming a digital powerhouse,” as audiences demand more information and creativity in movies.
That’s led to “digital-first” movies like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which took the studio’s first $1 billion to make.
The next installment in the franchise, The Amazing World of Gumball, will hit theaters in 2019.
The Future of Film Directors also looks at how Hollywood’s film distribution model will evolve as more of its films are digitally released on home video.
The report said that while studios are already creating a “digital theater experience,” they’re also trying to get digital movies onto the big screen.
For example, Warner Bros. announced a $50 million program to stream films digitally in 2019, while Universal will stream movies digitally in 2020.
And for the first time, studios will be able to put the content on their home video platforms directly, rather than being forced to pay for the digital version.
“The next wave of filmmaking is going to be fueled by a new generation, a new wave that is going after the audience,” said Amy Pascal, president and CEO of Disney/Pixar, in a press release.
“This generation is going for the pure storytelling and pure creativity, not just a movie theater experience.”