2021 ushers in a turbulent and transformational era for the film industry - The Johns Hopkins News-Letter

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| January 29, 2021


Netflix and other streaming services will become important players in the film industry in 2021.

Netflix, Disney+ and HBO Max. International film festival tour online. The cinema is about to become extinct. Whether we like it or not, 2021 will mark a series of radical and possibly lasting changes in the film industry. 

As expected, the most obvious change will be a clear shift to streaming media. Streaming media platforms, especially Netflix, have risen uninterruptedly after the blockbuster era, but 2021 will undoubtedly mark rapid growth. In addition to the pandemic that keeps viewers at home, the main game changer is Warner Bros. Controversial transaction with HBO Max. All films of the studio will be shown in theaters and theaters at the same time.

This is not the only strategy large studios use to attract audiences. Netflix promises to release a major movie

A highly anticipated gem like Adam McKay

Fight with teenagers

In their hands. Disney+ shows off a similarly attractive lineup from the videos that have already been broadcast, and there will be no less than 10 Marvel games by 2021

To the long-awaited

-Surprised fans can only choose to watch.

Christopher Nolan

An epic film that goes back in time, but still not enough to get people back to the seats in the theater. Since the box office numbers were not high, other films have hesitated to find alternative ways.

It was released on HBO Max last Christmas.

The troupe recently postponed the film to be released in October 2021, eagerly hoping that the numbers will return to the previous high.

All of this, especially the transaction with Warner Bros., has caused a lot of dissent. This is because it clearly puts money above the interests of artists. Famous directors like Nolan and Denis Villeneuve have been using their platforms to fight back, and like David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin ) Such directors have jumped onto the trend. Streaming media and drama movies have become another great debate and disagreement in the industry more than ever.

To be sure, streaming services and theaters have the potential to complement each other to create a comprehensive range of options. But because the former threatened almost complete dominance, some filmmakers began to assume the responsibility of reminding the audience of the definition of film. It is undeniable that at this moment, the collective experience that makes this medium so compelling is in danger, which is undoubtedly an essential aspect of the film.

Nevertheless, there is still room for improvement in the coming year. Most obviously, the epidemic has prompted changes in creative content and audience appetites, thereby opening the door to large budget projects that could disrupt the industry. As studios and filmmakers gradually learn to lay off employees and adapt to the times, content may develop in exciting directions that we have never seen before.

Similarly, we can expect to see more sounds in the cinema. In other words, there is greater diversity and representation in the content produced and viewed. Since the number of films produced by American studios is very small and far apart, whether it is on a holiday tour or during the awards season, this is a rare sparkle for international and independent films.

In fact, this year's awards season has been different. Historically, the Oscars ceremony held in February or March will be held on April 25. The rest of the award ceremonies followed closely, the Golden Globe Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Critics’ Choice Awards are all scheduled to be held in two months. Dating than usual

In terms of film festivals, the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival will be operated at least partially through digital platforms, but the latter will be delayed. The format of the Cannes Film Festival is still unknown, and it is being considered for postponing until July. These delays, coupled with the postponed awards season, opened up the possibility for more film screenings, possibly one of the most unique holiday seasons to date.

Interestingly, all the new things that are coming are in contradiction with the rise of the old, namely the old cinema. In the COVID-19 era, they were once the main products of film festivals. Now, they are making a comeback nationwide, and they are a safer choice for staunch movie audiences. With the promotion of vaccines, the driving theater is expected to become a trend before 2021.

This year, there is no doubt that we will usher in tremendous changes, good and bad, which will bring repercussions in the next few years. But rest assured, although 2021 is a bumper year for movies. Oscar hopeful people like

, A typical sci-fi movie remake

Exciting action

Wait for us, to name a few.

So far, having gone through a lot of hardships (turbulent times and the worst pandemic), it is clear that the film will continue to exist. Fortunately, the same is true for theaters. 

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