We’re already well into the 21 century, and throughout the last fifteen years in the film industry, there have been many changes and phenomena that will certainly launch writings of comprehensive analysis in the near or distant future, although they aren’t lacking right now. Film director Neil Hollander has been following these various trends since the beginning of this century, and as he says, there are some modern trends in the seventh art that he likes, and then there are those that he simply can’t wait to go away. Below, Hollander has submitted to Crunchbase a list where he deals with some of the most prominent:
- Remakes, sequels, reboots …
Today, originality in Hollywood is extremely rare, and according to Hollander, the audience and the movie studios that prefer to play safe are equally guilty. And because the audience keeps buying those old, well-known heroes and stories, film studios aren’t lifting a finger to at least try and create something new. We already saw another Avengers and the fourth part of Mad Max, and we are yet to see the next installments of Jurassic Park, Terminator, Mission Impossible, Star Wars and who knows what more. This trend of reviving old heroes and series such as Superman, Batman or the above mentioned Max is only getting bigger, as Neil Hollander reveals that there is news about redoing the story of Indiana Jones, as well as building huge franchises, which will take place in the same “universe”. In the latter case all we have to say is Marvel.
- 3D technology
3D films have been screened in cinemas since the 50’s of the last century, but what was once just a casual trend, today has become common practice. The rise of 3D technology mostly began with James Cameron’s Avatar, after which almost every big spectacle came in three-dimensional version. But as Neil Hollander says, in that process, the quality of technical realization can often vary, depending on the theater equipment or the filming technology, and 3D projections often considerably thicken the box-office earnings, thanks to the fact that tickets for 3D premieres are more expensive. In addition to that new technologies have resulted in the rather annoying and unnecessary trend of redistribution of older films in 3D technology, such as Titanic or Jurassic Park.