For those that are in the know, and that would be you folks–the method of entertainment presented as moving imagery is easier to receive more than ever. Television is now accessible through any electronic device that can connect through an internet connection that sports a video screen, no matter how big or small the device is!
The visual media can be seen and consumed as short time video (running as little as six seconds), or for hours at a time! Granted, short form media is a whole lot easier to take since it can be viewed for a limited period of time even while doing something else. One can wait for a method of transportation to arrive while tuning in to a video image on their phone, for instance.
When it comes to movies, that is a whole other matter! Sure, you can watch a feature on a laptop, an electronic pad, or even a smartphone. Unless one is watching a melodrama that consists of a bunch of characters that talk to one another in a method of what’s known as “talking heads”, the notion of viewing something made for the big screen on a much smaller one doesn’t make much sense. Sometimes that is the only way to see a movie, especially if the movie in question was created for a larger viewing area. Looking at visuals that contain a lot of fast moving action, along with detailed elements that is support to enhance that for noted fast moving action would be totally lost on a screen that sports a 2” screen size. And the sound coming along with those visuals would be limited to audio that sounds OK, but could be a whole lot better to hear.
This is one of many reasons why the moving picture house (or houses) still exist in these fast acting and overly wired times. Movie theatre have been around as long as movies themselves, making the movie theater in concept exist for over one hundred years.
The theaters themselves as physical places have changed a whole lot since then. Once upon a time, a theater consisted of a few rows of seats facing a screen that was 3×4 in size. (Three lengths high by four lengths wide.) The imagery was projected from a film projection housed at the upper rear of the room showing imagery from motion picture film without any sound to go along with the imagery. Then film prints had a sound track along the images on the film that can reproduce audio in sync to the moving pictures. The projectors used had to have additional equipment attached to reproduce that sound.
To make a very long story short(er), today’s movie houses consists of multiple theaters that can showcase different movies to different audiences at the same time. The images are much sharper, bigger, and wider, while the sound is booming in ultra stereo! The images are no longer coming from traditional film stock that can scratch or break, but from a massive hard drive that contains a digital video file of the feature. The equipment and the digital imagery housed within the hard drive can provide a nearly error-free showing each time. And all of the projectors found within a mult screen theatre can be operated by a single person. There are even methods where the projectors can be functioning through artificial intelligence (AI) that can do the same job without human assistance. Although smart movie houses always keeps a person on stand-by just in case!
Since media can be seen and consumed anywhere and everywhere, the debate of movies experienced in a theater as an out-of-date method and the movies as a whole is dead and dying. But the question does linger. Is this threat of movies and the theaters that show them are really on their deathbeds? If this method of visiting a neighborhood movie house to see a feature film a thing of the past? Will movies be made so one can see the title on a handheld phone device that has a screen no bigger than three inches across?
The answer to those inquiries is a simple “no”! Movies theaters still exist to this very day, and the movies that come out of “Hollywood” are still being created. Perhaps the most interesting part, people are still willing to pay for the privilege of viewing a movie in a large darken room with dozens of other strangers that laugh, cry, yell, shriek, and otherwise react to all of the action depicted–the same way it’s been done for over a century! The setting of the theater may be different as well as the movie itself along with the way it’s seen, but the idea and concept is just the same!
As this article is being created, the summer blockbuster movie season is progressing in full swing. Movies that seem to draw the folks in (and make money in the process), are titles that are of the action/adventure variety (with emphasis of super hero/comic book form), animation for all ages (no “artsy” animated programs included in this bunch), as well as fantasy. (Fantasy includes sci-fi, or movies that take place in worlds that don’t exist with characters that are not necessarily of the human type!) These kind of movies are entertaining for the masses if they provide the solid entertainment they contain. Adding to that, folks will plunk down the money to see them. That income is shared between the source that created the film and to the movie theater, usually around a 70-30 split, although the ratio can vary!
So to answer to the question of the death of movies can be considered as “fake news!”. TV isn’t dying either! Broadcast TV, as well as channels found through a cable or satellite system may be going out, but it’s far from being deceased. It will change, and perhaps that change is for the better! As far as the quality of the said movies/TV/video programming is open for hard debate!
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