Because ‘reboot’ is the Apocalypse’s middle name…

The word ‘reboot’ has been thrown around a lot lately – there’s no question about it. It’s not rocket science to notice the inherent drive within the studios to de-risk their investments (you have no idea how much I hate this corporate mumbo-jumbo), which has resulted in the last decade being unusually rich in sequels to successful franchises, remakes of the classics, and – the cherry on top of this cake – the establishment of ‘the reboot’ as a device in the film-making business. Continue reading

Watch: “Life After Pi”, an eye-opening short documentary on the rotten state of the film industry

Ever wondered what “The Avengers” would look like without the extensive computer-generated visual effects? Well, if things in the film industry continue to go the way they do now, who knows what the blockbusters will look like five years from now. The VFX companies hiring hundreds (if not thousands) of talented and hard-working people are dropping like flies, because of the unfair way the movie-making process traditionally goes.

Every year we continue to hear, how the film industry is growing and how the box-office revenue continues to grow. Since most of the ‘money-making’ productions in recent times not only employ visual effects, but wouldn’t exist without them, it strikes me (and many others) that the very people whose blood, sweat and tears go into making them happen, are being laid off. One. By. One. Continue reading