Future of the Film Industry: Contextual Report

My DA has been a rocky road full of writes, re-writes, aesthetic changes and biggest of all platform changes. I originally wanted to create a digital artefact that focused on the future of the film industry within the next 5-10 years. As cinema and film have been rapidly evolving in the past few years, I wanted to discover more and develop my own theories of what will be up and coming.

I found out somewhat early on that my original idea for the digital artefact, video essays, was going to be too much work for me to handle so I decided to create a website instead. This was my first time developing a website so had to stumble through a lot of issues before I was able to create content for the site. After I had the bare bones down, I split all the topics I wanted to address down into pages and began research on each area.

I found a massive amount of research that I wanted to use, as the emergence of new technologies have been setting the film industry aflame. An article by Raindance (2019) showcased the mass of new technologies are developing new techniques for the film industry reshaping the production process. From my own knowledge I knew other techniques were developed recently for the Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, which also piqued my interest, becoming a key focus in the technology aspect of the DA.

From the lectures, I remember in week 3 the foundations of future studies were rooted in predictions prophecy and scientific forecasting. This is something I brought into the DA with making predictions of which sci-fi movies were going to be reimagined/redone to fit the visions of our future now. I found articles that detailed predictions of sci-fi films that had already come to fruition and Business Insider (2019) detailed this in an article which I used in correspondence to the lecture material. This was paired with my own knowledge of Disney remakes becoming so popular that other series of films, such as Back to the Future may be revisited.

As film studies is a passion of mine, I know that many people that feel the same would enjoy the website I was creating. I felt as though it would be perfect for those interested in sci-fi and technology and also what you could say, ‘movie nerds’. As a BCM student as well, I think this DA would continue to be useful to future BCM325 students, to look back on my digital artefact and see if I were perhaps correct or what they could make of it in the future.

Overall, as there were many changes in ideas and trying to figure out how this DA addressed the challenge of the Future Cultures focus, this digital artefact took a bit longer to get off the ground and could honestly still use some work. I feel with more time it will be up to my own standards but here we are at the finish line, and I am still happy with the result. I think now it is fully functioning with all links working and easy to navigate, it is a success. I was not able to address everything I wanted with the research I had completed thus limiting the full utility of the project.  

However, if you are interested in the DA, please check it out here:  https://taylah912.wixsite.com/filmindustryfuture

Harman, R 2019, ‘How is Digital Technology Reshaping the Film Industry?’, Raindance, 24 April, viewed 18 April, https://www.raindance.org/how-is-digital-technology-reshaping-the-film-industry/#:~:text=Here%20are%20just%205%20technologies,4K%203D%20Cameras

Johnson, D 2019, ‘9 predictions from old sci-fi movies that actually came true’, Business Insider Australia, 12 December, viewed 21st April, https://www.businessinsider.com.au/sci-fi-movie-predictions-2019-5?r=US&IR=T

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