'The whole country was tied together by radio. We all experienced the same heroes and comedians and singers. They were giants.' Woody Allen

Rules of the Platinum Age of TV

Wired.com has a great feature on TV and the issues surrounding delivery, the measurement of success, how audiences are secured and lots more. Students studying the TV industry for the A2 media course should be taking careful note. Whilst the examples and statistics are American the ideas and trends are relevant.

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The DRM Chair

Okay, digital media files aren’t furniture, but this video makes a point about DRM (digital rights management) that is worth pondering. In this case, the chair is limited to being used 8 times…

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Posted: March 3, 2013

Does the medium matter?

Just as people argue about the merits or otherwise of e-books, those with an interest in film are often drawn into discussions about the industry shift from ‘film’ – celluloid – to capture footage to digital. Keanu Reeves, promoting his documentary ‘Side by Side‘, writes a short but insight blog post about film vs. digital on the Guardian’s website.

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Posted: February 14, 2013

TV: the end in sight?

TV as we have known it has taken another leap towards being completely reinvented: Netflix’s House of Cards could be the model of the future for TV distribution, with an associated impact on funding, production, advertising and consumption. If you’re keen on television studies – which will be useful if you’re doing A2 media – these are very exciting times.

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Posted: February 5, 2013

Learn from the guru

The BAFTA Guru website is a wealth of useful material. Here’s a great video on visual effects.

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Posted: August 28, 2012

Stylish filmmaking

If you’ve got the money how about one of these? The Daily Mail online has an article about both the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and some prominent films with a handheld look.

You could also have a look at the Blackmagic Design website.

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Posted: June 24, 2012