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Movies And Money On The Internet

Movies and money on the internet? I know you are wondering what that has to do with anything that may be running through your mind right now. That’s easy, at this moment, I have seen that movies that have sequels, are the safest to bet on. Yes, it is as easy as that. Remember the last time you watched a James Bond movie and liked it? I bet you watched all the following sequels if you did. It would be much more difficult if it was a new movie that you are unsure about and someone is asking you to spend your valuable money to buy a ticket and watch it. Anyway, People will always be willing to pay for a movie that they liked, the first time it was released. Therefore chances are high that they will like the sequel, and pay to go see it.

Another way to generate revenue from films is to put up your own blog that critiques the films, and offer people an opportunity to comment on your posts. If a film like Harry potter and the half blood prince, that is doing so well currently at the box office was to feature as a topic of discussion on your blog, be rest assured that millions of kids around the world would want to have a say on it.

Television And Movies And Their Lasting Effects

Some movies (and television shows) make us laugh or cry, while others make us take more notice of the world around us. Have you ever watched a film that made you angry about all the injustices in the world? What about a movie that got you interested in a subject you wouldn’t have been interested in otherwise? Ever heard a bump in the night and thought about the horror movie you saw the night before? Good TV shows and movies stick with us long after we have finished watching them. Even if you think you have forgot about what you watched shortly after viewing it, it sometimes only takes one little thing for it to be ripped out of our subconsciousness.

Twenty years ago I went through my “Indian phase” in which I became heavily interested in Native American history after watching the movie “Dances with Wolves”. I re-decorated my living space with Native American artwork, including feathers, pelts and even a tomahawk. For Christmas that year I was given the score to the movie. I played it over and over again, and that soundtrack in turn sparked my interest in classical music. This particular movie may not have had the same impact on you as it did on me, but I bet if you think back far enough you will be able to recall one that did. Think back to your childhood. Did you play cowboys and Indians? Was there a particular show that made you want to chase your friends with a plastic six shooter or wear a head dress??

Now what about scary movies? I’m sure you can think of several times when you were a child that you heard a noise and it frightened you. What did you think the noise was? A monster of some sort or a demon? What images filled your head while you hid under the covers? It is possible that you thought of a scary book that was read to you, but more than likely it was something you saw in a movie that worked over your imagination. Books and other things we read can have an effect on our subconscious as well, but without the visual stimulus to accompany the words, it is more difficult to be frightened by them. However, all it takes is to see a terrifying monster on television for two seconds for it to be ingrained on a child’s brain for a long while. As an adult, have you ever watched a scary movie at home in the dark, then jumped when you heard a strange noise later that evening? Our adult brains tell us there is nothing to be afraid of and that what we see in the movies is not real. But there is still a part of our subconscious that says, OMG, my house is haunted by malevolent spirits!! And when we hear these noises, we have flashbacks to the movies we watched. If you were completely cut off from the real world and never watched anything scary in your life, you would have no basis for your fear.

Watching too many horror movies also desensitises us. I will not dwell on this too much, but it is true. Here is a prime example: I have seen every “SAW” movie made, and tons of other gory horror movies. The other day a colleague of mine sent me a link that had a video of people with horribly decaying teeth and other dental problems. I was completely repulsed by it and turned it off within two seconds. Decapitations and humans being tortured in movies on the other hand, doesn’t bother me in the least. I have been desensitised enough that I would rather see a decapitation than rotten teeth.

Making Movies and Film Investors

There are extremely talented potential filmmakers out there that never make a movie because they just can’t bring themselves to take the leap of faith. Saying yes to making a movie starts with an attitude that regardless if your movie is entertaining or terrible at least you give it an honest go to see if you got the fire in you to make movies.

In the world of making of movies, especially at the indie film level, there are zero guarantees that every aspiring filmmaker that sets out to go from screenplay to distributed movie will make it to the end. Making movies is risky creatively and financially. Sometimes a movie falls apart during pre-production, filming or in post-production for lots of different reasons.

Making a movie to me is like gambling. You try your best as a filmmaker to tilt the odds in your favor as much as possible so you can win. Professional gamblers make educated bets and so should filmmakers. The one thing that successful gamblers and filmmakers need is the attitude that they are going to go all in on their movie making risk.

Saying yes to making a movie is really putting your ass out there creatively and financially. Many indie films are funded through family, friends, online movie crowd funding or your own cash. I’m still on the fence if it’s harder to say yes to making a movie with money from family and friends and your own pocket or to deal with film investors.

Honestly, using online movie crowd funding to me is risk free filmmaking. The people that donate aren’t giving you money expecting to ever see anything back or get a return on investment. It’s like gambling with a bankroll that’s free. When I donate money to the people that set up shop outside of stores I don’t expect anything back when I put money in the box or bucket.

It’s like lending money to that one relative or friend that you know will never be able to pay it back, but you like them and still want to help them out without holding it over their head.

When you use money from family, friends, your own money or film investors cash there is a much stronger sense to get the movie done in my opinion. No filmmaker wants to face family, friends or film investors and say they couldn’t finish the movie. Friends and family are always forgiving in the end, but you’ll still feel an emotional letdown if you can’t deliver a finished movie like you told them you would.

Film investors are not forgiving and will cut you off from future film funds. They can write off the loss, but your reputation will take a hit and you’ll lose out on them investing in your movies in the future. Finding money to make movies is harder than making the movie. Without film financing you only have a screenplay and a movie making dream keeping you company.

I always like to try to put out the brutal honesty first before getting to the feel good part of things. The great thing about saying yes to making a movie is you’re moving from being one of the people that only talks about making movies and never does it.

When you’re not even in the game you can’t win or lose. You sit on the creative sidelines as a spectator thinking “woulda, coulda, shoulda” about your movie making passion. When you mentally commit to taking the creative leap of faith you’ll feel a rush of genuine excitement. That’s living!

You’re movie making fire is now lit and you’re ready to roll. You’re no longer going to be a talented potential filmmaker. You will be a filmmaker doer. Each movie project is different, but here are few thoughts that might help sharpen you’re movie production. This isn’t for aspiring filmmakers that want to write a screenplay that needs a million dollar budget.

Thoughts on Making Movies

First, think of your marketing and distribution plan before writing the screenplay. This gives you the chance to think of movie product placement and other marketing avenues you can write into the screenplay to boost earning potential.

Second, before writing a screenplay think about the film budget you will need and where you plan on getting that money. Indie filmmakers are masters at writing screenplays based on what their resources are.

I know it sounds like the craft of screenwriting should come first, but for a first time indie filmmaker it’s important to understand making movies is a business. You need to be able to exploit, yes exploit, as many marketing and product placement opportunities as possible.

Family and friends will invest in you because of your relationship, but still respect their hard earned money like you would if they were film investors you didn’t know. Avoid being sloppy with paperwork. Give them the same kind of investor package you would if you were pitching to a film investor that wanted a return on investment.

Make sure the locked screenplay is tight as possible before spending one dollar of film investor money. A screenplay that is overwritten and packed with fluff will burn through production money fast.

During filming don’t take the approach studio budget movies do. You’re not going to be able to have 20 takes of scene to get it right. There’s not enough money in an indie film budget to shoot it with a Hollywood filmmaker mentality.

You’re really have to get in there on set and kickass on scenes. Not every take you’re going to love or even like, but it’s a time issue when shooting indie films. You have to be able to accept you’re not going to have the luxury of doing take after take.

When a scene is covered move on and don’t look back even if it didn’t turn out how you envisioned. Being take happy during filming will lead to you running out of money and having an unfinished film that will need finishing funds to complete.

Tackle post-production with the same attitude you did on set to get the movie done.

Film investors will ride your ass unlike family or friends when it comes to when the movie will be done, sold and their money paid. Don’t get shaken or take it personally. The business world is not warm and fuzzy full of hugs and kisses.

How To Put Movies And Videos I

Apple recently surprised the market with its new iPod video, also know as the last generation of iPods. This powerful new gadget doesn’t just play music; it plays videos and photos as well and serves to be an all-in-one portable entertainment platform for the market. The new video function is a great addition but many owners will require some technical help to put videos into the iPod.

Firstly, you should know that the iPod can play H.264 / MPEG-4 encoded videos with AAC audio tracks. Due to this fact, the resolution is rather limited, together with the limitation of the bit rates that you can use on the device. For the new iPod video, this limits means (for the H.264 video) up to up to 768 Kbps, 320 x 240 and 30 frames per second. For the MPEG-4 video, the limits are up to 2.5 mbps, 480 x 480 and the same 30 frames per second. Even more, the AAC audio bit rate is around 160 Kbps. After establishing these limits, the next step is to establish the source of the video, which can be either from a DVD or a video of the computer.

As the company Apple claims, in a purely informative ad which is posted on the official website, that the new iPod video can store 25,000 photos, 15,000 songs and not less than 150 hours of video.

The first thing you need to do to put a DVD video into the iPod is to insert the DVD in the device. After this, you should open (in case it doesn’t immediately open by itself) the DVD, using file and open DVD from the menu. Check the options in the DVD menu, to set up everything as you like, meaning language, subtitles or chapters. Begin playing the movie, using the DVD menu to navigate. When the movie begins, you should press the record button and select the folder in which you want to store the recorded files. When you want to end the recording, simply click the stop button and if the recording goes well, there will be a screen confirmation that you have converted your file successfully.

If you wish to convert a video from your computer to your iPod video, then the first thing that you should do is go to the menu file and click open video file. At this point, your video will begin to play and you can adjust the video however you like. Also, you can set the perfect moment to start the recording, using the bottom playback controls. When you decided this, click the button record and feel free to stop it at any time. After recording, just like in the case of importing videos from a DVD device, there will be a message on the screen saying that everything went on successfully.

If done correctly, the movies and videos will be stored properly in your iPod video for your portable entertainment. However do be aware that the iPod offers limited space and resolution, which means that you should decide carefully what to keep and what to erase. The new iPod video is an innovative and feature-rich product that combines music with videos, offering for the first time, the possibility of playing video on such a small digital device.

Movies and Television on DVD

Movies, they have been around to entertain us for over 100 years. Over this time, technology has improved to allow us to watch movies at home via 8mm reel to reel, VHS and Betamax video tape, CD-ROM (VCD movies) and currently DVD format. The DVD format, emerged informally as “digital versatile disc” around 1995. Research by Sony/ Philips and Toshiba around this time came from looking for alternatives to CD-ROM and VHS/Beta tapes as a replacement.

DVD has become a popular format for not just movies but for several platforms of media today, used in formats like DVD players for movies and TV series, consoles like the PlayStation and XBOX, and for Personal Computers (which are also used for storage, the DVD-R +R, DVD-RW & DVD-RAM formats).

Since 2005, Sony and Toshiba have again gone head to head with Bluray (Sony) and HDDVD (toshiba) and with those of you old enough to remember the Betamax (Sony) and VHS (Toshiba) it is reminisce of the format wars of 25 odd years back.

For most, these two new formats are generation II of DVD, Bluray has a slightly larger capacity than HDDVD (around 30 Gb compared to DVD of around 4.7Gb) and uses a thinner blue laser on players (large red lasers are used on players that play cd and dvds) and HDDVD although slightly less capacity than Bluray (around 25Gb) uses a thinner red laser and is easier to manufacture in plants that make standard dvd discs. This presents new issues for the consumer. Which do I buy? What are the advantages and disadvantages? What is the cost?

Holographic DVD is also another emerging format that looks like getting commercial release in about 2009 and has storage looking to 200Gb and upwards. Thats about half a million MP3’s, or about 400 hours of Standard Definition video or 80 hours of High Definition video. Whew !

Standard definition video ? High definition video? What the heck is this you ask. It is how a picture or video playback is displayed on a screen and that screen needs to be capable of High Definition playback (TV, rear projection. LCD or Plasma), TV and Video/ DVD has played back in Standard Definition for about the last 50 years. It is approximate to 800 x 600 DPI on a computer screen, where High Definition is approximate to 1280 x 1024 DPI on a computer screen.

Digital download (the internet and wireless internet), another emerging technology not just for viewing video on computers, but for cell phones as well. Cable TV, TIVO, Digital or broadband TV (IPTV), yes yet more technologies on the TV front vying for your hard earned dollar. Most consumers in the USA already have these 3 technologies.

Confused ? Thats understandable. Its 2007 and we haven’t had more to choose from to get TV or movie entertainment than any other time before it. We don’t know what technology will be available in 5, 7 or 10 years, but one thing is sure. No matter how good the tech is, the best will be the one that consumers desire to use the most…

Try Using Movie and Internet Style Advertising

You have looked at all your options for advertising and in need of a new opportunity? Try using movie and internet style advertising and sales to promote your local business

1) There is a lot of local advertiser using the dead time before a movie starts to promote their businesses. They are maximizing the benefits of the time that you are waiting and their exposure to the consumer at the same time. Their message is given out in a presentation style that also keeps you entertained for this short time. It is a win- win for the businesses and the theater.

2) You message can be one of offerings of discounts or of simply options on what the movie goers can do after the show. Food or dessert type businesses do well in this venue. Car dealerships, furniture stores, even the US Army and National Guard use this time to promote their wares. The possibilities are endless. Pair that with an easy to remember web address and you will have made an impact and possibly many sales, as well.

3) The audience is almost captives as they wait for the movie to start, so they are really likely to focus on your message and draw conclusions on how it affects their lives. They are also more likely to discuss your proposition amongst those they came with, thus reinforcing your advertisement. They are also very receptive state of mind as they have come here wanting to be entertained.

Using movie and internet style advertising and sales to promote your local business allows you to be heard and offer your customers an introduction to your business in a relaxed, happy atmosphere. That can really create a bond between your business and your customer. The key just knowing how to market yourself.

Impact of Technology On The Field of Arts

Nearly everyone enjoys the different types of entertainment, and some people enjoy even more being entertainers. They want to become actors, comedians, dancers, singers. We used to go inside theatres after a hard day’s work to relax and see our favorite plays. But only in the last hundred years have we been able to record sound and pictures and to broadcast them through air. These improvements have brought fun and entertainment to every corner of the world and into most of our homes.

Technology has indeed made it possible for us to see entertainment in a new light. For one, technology has made it also possible for us to store our memories. Actors and singers long dead seem to come to life again every time their films or records are played. We can store a seemingly countless number of these records and films in CDs, hard drives and other storing devices like our computer. This makes it possible for us to entertain ourselves almost anywhere- at home, at the office, at the park, the bus; as long as we bring our devices with us. One can actually live without TV these days as long as one has a computer device and internet connection.

The world of entertainment has grown tremendously, and it can teach us as well as entertain us. Today, broadcasting is the most important form of popular entertainment. But now it is challenged by still newer inventions. Video playback and recording equipments make it possible for home viewers to buy or record their favorite shows. Many classic movies are already available for home viewing. This new equipment may encourage many viewers to spend fewer hours watching network offerings of situation comedies and action dramas. And now, we can record, transfer, and produce our own videos using cellular phones.

At the same time, the internet has revolutionized viewing habits in another way. The internet provides information on a lot of sources for movies, music, and other forms of entertainment. With internet connection, people can bring programs directly into their computer by doing downloads and many of these downloads are offered for free. Not only does it provide entertainment but we can even do some transactions like when you want to buy stun guns online.

The internet offer entertainment on almost all particular interests- music, news, and special information such as stock markets, weather, and social networking. These sources are made available to us faster than ever, as fast as the stun gun effects.  We can update on news even before they get broadcasted on TV through the different websites on the internet.

Never in recorded history have Entertainment and arts been so important in the lives of so many people. Modern inventions such as the internet have put nearly every person within reach of music and drama all day, every day, at home, and away from home. The internet has also made it possible for people not just become viewers but also the performers themselves as they are able to upload their own videos on different sites. The future of entertainment and arts is taking shape through technology and the people themselves.

Arts And Entertainment

There are times that due to our busy schedules and different careers in life, we tend to forget to spend some time with our family which is really bad. We must always remember that in order to get closer and have a better relationship with our dearest love ones, we must able to give some of our time to them. Lets all enjoy time together as long as we can still have it. It is very essential because we can never bring back the time that we’ve already lost so no matter how busy you are, you are still obliged to find ways on how you can let them feel your love for them. By simply meeting them and spend quality time doing activities together, you can able to make them happy. And one thing that you can do to make your time with your family the best ones is through arts and entertainment.

The most popular way of spending time with family is to stay at home and enjoy each and everyone’s presence. You can choose some good movies and go with a movie marathon with your siblings. In this way, you can also check them out and ask them what’s going onto their lives. You can open up with them while watching your favorite movies of all time. You can scream, be scared, laugh and be happy together. Just make sure that in choosing the movies go for those that everyone from the oldest to the youngest ones will surely enjoy. You can also ask your parents to make some delicious foods for a more exciting movie experience.

The next activity that you can try out is to sing and dance with your family. Do you still remember how happy it was when all of you used to sing and dance with your favorite song in the karaoke machine? Do you want to see your parents sing their favorite love song again? If yes, then making a simple and small song and dance party in the comfort of your own home is the best way to spend your free time. You can ask your siblings to sing and dance under Jason Derulo album songs and the one that will make the best performance will get a prize from you. You can also showcase your talents to them by singing your own favorite Jason Derulo songs and inspire them by letting them see your glamorous song and dance number.

Movies And Other Media

Watching foreign language movies is a popular way of learning a new language. This is not surprising as movies are entertaining as well.

Foreign Movie Subtitles
It is important to note that while it is possible to learn a language via foreign language movies, you should also try to practice what you have learned with someone who actually speaks the language you are interested to learn as a first language, so that your mistakes can be corrected accordingly.

The most important thing when purchasing foreign language movies for learning purposes is the availability of subtitles. Do not just get a foreign language DVD with English subtitles. Get one with subtitles in the original language the movies was shot in. This way, you not only learn how a language is spoken, but also how it is written, provided the majority of the writing uses the basic Latin alphabet.

I would recommend actually jotting down the foreign subtitles together with its English translation as it does seem to help in memorizing the newly learned words.

Audio Media
Aside from foreign language movies, you can also use other media in your quest to learn a new language. Though most language lessons can be found on CDs, quite a few can be found on the popular mp3 format.

This format will enable students to carry their lessons in tiny mp3 players wherever they go. They can learn on the bus, in the car, while cycling, at the gym or when they go for a run. Admittedly, this might not be the most effective way to learn a language, but many people feel comfortable learning this way.

One of the plus points about the mp3 format is its small file size. This means that you can compress many hours of lessons into a player the size of your thumb.

Software
I find that apart from actually attending a proper language class, foreign language software is a fantastic way to learn a new language. Most language software are interactive. Some have built it games to make learning a new language all the more fun.

The more advanced software makes use audio software and an online data base to help correct intonation and pronunciation mistakes. This is as close as you can get too actually having a teacher right there beside you.

Movies and TV Series Have an Impact

The world as represented by the media:

Global warming

War in Iraq

Child soldiers in Africa

Massive unemployment in the west

Rising prices for food, rent and gas

Heart attacks, stress and cancer

Deforestation and poaching

Housing shortage

Increasing crime levels

Increasing divorce rates

Blue collar crime

Now you know why I NEVER watch the news. Does the above information affect my life? Yes if I pay attention to it. No if I FOCUS on what I desire in my life.

Okay so tell me I’m ignorant I simply have to know what’s going on to be informed and come across as an educated person that the tribe wants to do business with. Well I don’t belong to the tribe and they can do business amongst themselves thank you. Yeah I don’t even watch TV. Okay so that’s a lie. I do watch TV, but I choose very carefully. Non of that mindless sitcom, violent movies and the news. I stay focused on what I desire all the time and I find that if I watch trash I get trash! The power of what the mind exudes is still not quite analysed by the scientists yet. But it is now a fact that our thoughts send out waves just like the broadcast station. So it makes sense that what we watch affects us.

So are you going to fill your mind with more news that will get you no where?
Deforestation (my blues) is a terrible crime against the planet but the more I focus on getting rich I’m able to put my money where my mouth is and help organisations that I approove of. I’m in a position to give money which is what systems require to educate the public. But by just watching the news all I’ll see is more land laid bare, see more stories of the poor people and the animals that have no where to go. Those impressions make me sad and depressed and I don’t get to help the forest, the people or the animals. The only thing I’ve done is given the TV station another viewer. Another viewer means the TV station has another stastitic for the media buyers that place commercials. You get the drift now of how this works?

I’ll tell you something else one of my businesses is making movies. How’s that? Even more reason I should be watching the TV and the movies I’ve been told so I can see what my competition is up to! I don’t care for competition. The only thing I compete against is myself. I choose the producers I work with, I choose the kind of movie and commercials I desire to be involved with. And I’m doing just splendidly but if I watch all the negative stuff I’ll be led to believe that I must be happy to get any job, because the media and every body that pays attention to the media will tell you, work is hard to come by.

So what are you watching?

Are you sitting with your family infront of the TV watching senseless violent movies and stupid sitcoms that reinforce its okay to be stuck in a rut? Do you and yours talk about what you are watching? Is your child left to work everything out on his/her own? At least talk about what you are watching. The media is made up of hype and the news channels thrive on getting it delivered to the public as quickly as possible. Movies and commercials are thought up by other people’s minds – often only with profit in mind. Violent movies are top box revenue collectors. The more individuals that enjoy that kind of entertainment the more those kind of movies will be produced. And yes violent movies do perpertrate feelings of fear and anguish. Lets face it we get involved in the movies we watch. That’s what entertainment is about – letting go and getting engrossed.