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Tech Tuesday: The Value Of CGI In Film

Sep 17, 2019
 An audience of mostly millennial voters watches the first presidential debate in the Gateway Theatre in Columbus.
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Computer-generated imagery, or CGI, has transformed the film industry. 

Since its inception in the 1973 film “Westworld,” the software has been used to create mesmerizing visuals that have captivated millions of moviegoers. But as more movies incorporate CGI, has the movie magic been left behind?

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: CGI, broadband internet access, and more. 

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Apple is entering the video-streaming race, taking on Netflix, Amazon, Disney and others with a monthly subscription of $4.99. The company also announced three new iPhones, even as their sales have been slowing.

Tech Tuesday: CGI and Tech Training

Sep 3, 2019
color photo of people sitting in a dark movie theater watching a bright white blank screen
Kenneth Lu / Flickr

Computer-generated imagery, or CGI, has transformed the film industry.  Since its inception, the software has continued to create mesmerizing visuals in order to suspend the audience’s disbelief. But while visual effects are on the rise, have we left true movie magic behind?  Today on All Sides, CGI, tech training, and more.  

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color photo of Jim Graham watching the P-51 Mustang in flight in Empire of the Sun
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September 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of Hitler's invasion of Poland, which opened the floodgates to World War II. On this occasion, this episode of SoundReels looks at a film set in the later years of the war.

Hillbilly Elegy production crews have spent the weekend in Middletown preparing to film scenes in the hometown of author J.D. Vance starting Monday.

Movie Theaters And Streaming

Jul 29, 2019
color photo of people sitting in a dark movie theater watching a bright white blank screen
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A decade ago, you could either watch "Toy Story" during its theatrical release or wait until it came out on DVD or VHS.

Now, thousands of big-name releases are available at the touch of a button in your own home. 

The streaming technology has changed how, why and when we consume movies, mostly affecting theaters, where box office sales plummeted 7 percent compared to last summer. But content producers are worried, too, about how to navigate the shifting sands of the movie industry.

Today on All Sides, the impact of streaming on the film industry. 

Director Ron Howard's adaptation of the memoir Hillbilly Elegy for Netflix will come to author J.D. Vance's hometown Aug. 5 to film for four days. Reporter Ed Richter of the Journal-News broke the story Thursday.

Horror And Small Towns

Jul 25, 2019
Netflix

Netflix hit series, Stranger Things, is set in a fictional small town, Hawkins, Indiana.

The setting of this series mirrors that of many other horror films. The nostalgic, seemingly-calm town with a dark secret or hidden terror. 

This archetype in the film and narrative genre is something that rings true for audiences. 

Today on All Sides, the magic of small towns in horror.

Updated at 3:39 p.m. ET

WarnerMedia, Walt Disney Co. and NBCUniversal will consider stopping productions in Georgia should the state's new abortion law take effect, echoing a threat made this week by Netflix.

WarnerMedia, which owns HBO, CNN and other channels, told NPR in a statement on Thursday, "We will watch the situation closely and if the new law holds we will reconsider Georgia as the home to any new productions." The company said it operates in many states and countries where it may not agree with leaders' stances but respects due process.

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There’s a fight brewing over a small tax credit cut in the Ohio House version of the two-year state budget.

Doris Day, the biggest Hollywood star produced by Cincinnati, died Monday at her California home at age 97.

Born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, she overcame a severe leg injury as a teenager which ended her promising dancing career to star in 39 films, record "Sentimental Journey," "Que Sera Sera," and hundreds of songs, and enjoy a five-year run in The Doris Day Show situation comedy on CBS.

A film set for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" in Cleveland.
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The Ohio House's version of the proposed state budget has put the $40 million-per-year film tax credit on the chopping block. With both progressive and conservative groups in favor of dropping the tax credit, Ohio's film industry is getting nervous.

After weeks of hand-wringing, vote-wrangling and even some stern finger-wagging from the Department of Justice, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has declined to pursue a controversial proposal to change the Oscars' eligibility rules.

Yes, it's true: All the visits to Middletown by Oscar-winning director Ron Howard were to scope out locations for his Hillbilly Elegy movie based on J.D. Vance's memoir of growing up among working-class "hillbillies" in the Butler County steel town.

But only a fraction of the film will be shot in Ohio, unless things change, says Ami Vitori, a Middletown City Council member and a Middletown Visitors Bureau board member.

Updated April 18 at 10:35 a.m. ET

The Writers Guild of America is suing four of Hollywood's biggest talent agencies in a fight over writers' wages — and whether agents are keeping too much of the pie for themselves.

The guild, along with eight writers including The Wire creator David Simon, filed the complaint in California superior court. They are suing William Morris Endeavor, Creative Artists Agency, United Talent Agency and ICM Partners.

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