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  1. Dec 16, 2015 · American independent cinema, often called “indie cinema,” has no clear historical starting point and no single definition. Most broadly, the term refers to films made outside the Hollywood system, although some scholars date independent cinema from 1908, when enterprising filmmakers defied the near-monopoly of the Motion Picture Patents Company, formed by Thomas A. Edison and others hoping ...

    • The Evolving Film Industry
    • Market Trend Analysis For Independent Films
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    It’s hard to overstate just how much Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) has disrupted the entertainment industry over the past decade, but it’s hasn’t been Netflix alone driving the industry’s all consuming need for a steady stream of fresh content. Following in the footsteps of Netflix has been other giants like Amazon Prime Video (NASDAQ:AMZN), Hulu, and Disn...

    Securing the funds needed to make an independent film or television project happen has never been an easy task, but developments in the increasingly connected and global film industry are creating new avenues for funding projects. Increasingly, independent filmmakers are looking to the international investor market. There’s a significant investor p...

    The media market is increasingly international and increasingly content hungry. New media services are popping up seemingly daily and each of these services needs content that viewers won’t find everywhere else. This along with ever growing international marketplaces and a strong pool of people looking to invest in media production makes this an ex...

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    • General U.S. Film Industry Statistics
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    • U.S. Film Industry: Pandemic Numbers and Post-Pandemic Predictions
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    The COVID-19 Pandemic has hit the film industry hard. But, seeing as movies are still being produced, it can be hard to tell just how rough things have been. Overall, the current status of the industry seems to walk the tightrope between precariousness and absolute catastrophe. Here are some insights our research uncovered: 1. Despite taking a hit ...

    Customers have always been the most crucial aspect of film industrysuccess. After all, the inability for consumers to go to theaters was a huge hit to the industry throughout 2020. The question is, are customers still interested in the traditional film industry? Here are some insights our research uncovered: 1. Only 14% of Americans go to the movie...

    Due to the sheer size of the film industry in the United States, there are many people who rely on it for employment. Unsurprisingly, the COVID-19 Pandemic has had a huge negative effect. Here are the facts: 1. The U.S. Film Industry employs roughly 2.5 million people.And that number span across 93,000 businesses, of which the majority had to close...

    The void left by the Coronavirus Pandemic has impacted the Film Industry in a huge way. Instead of attending theaters, many are switching to online streaming servicesto receive their entertainment. Here are the facts: 1. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of movie tickets sold plummeted by 82%.In 2019, there were roughly 1.24 billion movie theater t...

    Despite the impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the film industry continues to produce movies and other media. While production did slow down, there were still some major movie releases. Here’s what we found: 1. The Film Industry’s production spending increased by 16.1% in North America.In 2020, global production spending reached an all-time high ...

    With U.S. box office revenue being 76% lower immediately after theaters reopened, the film industry has a long way to climb to recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic. In fact, at only $2.09 billion, box office revenue is down 82% from 2019. However, it’s not all doom and gloom for the film industry. The industry is expecting to experience a CAGR of 8.3...

    Statista. “Box office revenue in the United States and Canada from 1980 to 2020.” Accessed on September 21st, 2021.
    Observer. “Reality Check: The Film Industry Is Still in Grave Danger.” Accessed on September 21st, 2021.
    Raise Your Skillz. “Gaming Industry vs. Other Entertainment Industries (2021).” Accessed on September 21st, 2021.
    Allied Market Research. “Motion Picture Industry by Genre.” Accessed on September 23rd, 2021.
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    Edison Trust

    In 1908, the Motion Picture Patents Company or "Edison Trust" was formed as a trust. The Trust was a cartel that held a monopoly on film production and distribution comprising all the major film companies of the time (Edison, Biograph, Vitagraph, Essanay, Selig, Lubin, Kalem, American Star, American Pathé), the leading distributor (George Kleine) and the biggest supplier of raw film, Eastman Kodak. A number of filmmakers declined or were refused membership to the trust and came to be describe...

    Studio system

    In early 1910, director D.W. Griffith was sent by the Biograph Company to the west coast with his acting troupe, consisting of performers Blanche Sweet, Lillian Gish, Mary Pickford, Lionel Barrymore, and others. They began filming on a vacant lot near Georgia Street in downtown Los Angeles. While there, the company decided to explore new territories, traveling several miles north to Hollywood, a little village that was friendly and positive about the movie company filming there. Griffith then...

    United Artists and resistance to the studio system

    The studio system quickly became so powerful that some filmmakers once again sought independence. On February 5, 1919 four of the leading figures in American silent cinema (Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith) formed United Artists, the first independent studio in America. Each held a 20% stake, with the remaining 20% held by lawyer William Gibbs McAdoo. The idea for the venture originated with Fairbanks, Chaplin, Pickford, and cowboy star William S. Hart a y...

    The Independent film industry exists globally. Many of the most prestigious film festivals are hosted in various cities around the world. The Berlin International Film Festival attracts over 130 countries, making it the largest film festival in the world. Other large events include the Toronto International Film Festival, Hong Kong International Fi...

    As with other media, the availability of new technologies has fueled the democratization of filmmaking and the growth of independent film. In the late forties and fifties, new inexpensive portable cameras made it easier for independent filmmakers to produce content without studio backing. The emergence of camcorders in the eighties broadened the po...

    In recent years, with both the increased production and waning interest of major studio sequels, more and more independent films have been at the forefront of major award wins with upset Best Picture Oscar wins for Spotlight at the 2016 awards, Moonlight at the 2017 awards, Nomadland at the 2021 awards, and CODA at the 2022 Awards had, and continue...

    Lyons, Donald (1994). Independent Visions: A Critical Introduction to Recent Independent American Film. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-38249-8.
    Vachon, Christine (1996). A Killer Life: How an Independent Film Producer Survives Deals and Disasters in Hollywood and Beyond. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-5630-1.
    Redding, Judith; Brownworth, Victoria (1997). Film Fatales: Independent Women Directors. Seal Press. ISBN 1-878067-97-4.
    Levy, Emanuel (1999). Cinema of Outsiders: The Rise of American Independent Film. New York University Press. ISBN 0-8147-5123-7.
  3. Feb 26, 2013 · Classically, an independent film was one that was made outside of the conventional studio system, be that Hollywood, Bollywood or Pinewood. But with the rise of the “independent” labels of the major studios, such as Fox Searchlight and Paramount Vantage, that distinction is pretty much moot.

  4. Another popular trend in film is the concept of simultaneous release, which allows a film to be released online and in theaters at the same time. An independent film with less box office draw might...

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