Awhile back, after seeing The Revenant, I was thinking to myself about the value of entertainment and why people pay for it. I think the simple answer is: fun. People get bored and want to have a good time. They want that so much that they’re willing to pay for it. But I’d like to propose it’s something deeper than that. Maybe it’s that people want to feel, and that’s what they’re paying for. To use The Revenant as an example, I (hopefully) will never…Continue Reading “Paying to Feel: Why People Love Movies”

So you’ve got a story you want to tell. Now the question is: how are you going to tell it? There are the obvious options: you could make a movie, a TV show or a web series (that’s assuming you’re reading this because you’re a filmmaker). Then there are the less mainstream options of new media, such as interactive storytelling or even virtual reality. I’m going to focus on the mainstream stuff, partly because I don’t have a lot of experience with new media, and…Continue Reading “Movie, TV Show or Web Series? Choosing the Right Format For Your Story”