TheEntertainment Industry

Entertainmentis any kind of action that captures people’s interest andattention. People are usually different and are fascinated bydifferent activities. The entertainment industry is diverse withnumerous subsectors. It has become an important part of the globaleconomy with a very high growth rate over the past decade. Spendingon entertainment is at an all time high owing to the increase incontent as well as innovation (Hay, 2012). Many people are now makingmoney through the internet which has given people an avenue tocreate, advertise and distribute different kinds of content. Unlike afew decades ago, whereby getting to the entertainment industry onehad to have the support of influential individuals in the industry,today anybody can come up with any content of their choice (Mike,2012). The internet has provided a great opportunity for people tocome up with different forms of content. Two of the very importantsubsectors in entertainment are drama and film. As types of art, filmand drama have significant similarities as well as intriguingdissimilarities.

Dramacan be traced back to hundreds of decades ago. It was an importantpart of the traditional culture. Drama is basically a type of fictionthat is performed in front of spectators. It is a Greek word meaningto act or to do. Drama involves live presentation in front of anaudience by performs guided by directors. Elements of drama are theaudience, performers, directors, performing space, action embodied inwritten form as well as design aspects. On the other hand, the filmsector encompasses the commercial and technological institutions aswell as individuals that are involved on the production of a film(movie). Film making entails film production, pre/post production,screen writing and the filming personal that involves directors andactors.

Interms of performance, film and drama are totally dissimilar. Indrama, performers entertain a live audience while in movies actorsperformances are pre recorded and the audience views recordedcontent. Both have important resemblances in addition to interestingdifferences (Mike, 2012). Primarily, both are forms of art that arebased on a story line. Secondly, movies as well as drama aredependent on actors and their performance to bring out the plot tothe spectators. The subjects or themes in movies or dramas can beinform of novels but the actors gestures and utterances spice up thetopic such that it is understood in full. Thirdly, they have commonfeatures that are meant to ensure their success (Hay, 2012). Theyboth need performers who bring out the storyline, scripts whereperformers read from, props, parts in addition to attires. Performersor actors are important in conveying the theme. They use facialexpressions, body language and gestures. Differences between the twoare not as many. The main difference is actually the fact that dramaperformance happens live unlike movies that record the performance.In terms of connection with the viewership movies link with theaudience indirectly while drama connects with the spectators as atthat time. An interesting difference between the two is theirperformance in the economy. Drama has a very small fun base unlikethe film industry that is touted to be among the top earners in theentertainment business (Hay, 2012).

Thefilm sector of the economy also referred to as the motion pictureindustry consists of all institutions that are involved in filmmaking. These are institutions such as movie production companies aswell as film studios which play a vital role in making of movies.Making movies is an extremely expensive affair that takes a lot oftime and energy. It entails several distinct phases which includewriting of the script, shooting, casting, editing and finallyscreening. Filmmaking happens in lots of regions in the globe in awide array of political, social and economic environments (Hay,2012). The ability to use different sets of environment is crucial infilm making since it is instrumental in bringing out a movies theme.A diverse range of technologies as well as cinematic skills areutilized (Hay, 2012). With the internet people can now make moviesthat are inexpensive. Different kinds of software exist and they havemade it easy for passionate people to quickly learn the art of filmmaking without using a lot of money. At times software in theinternet is actually free. However, creation of a film that capturesthe attention of many is left to the well established companies.Generally, cinematography takes plenty of time sometimes severalmonths or even a number of years in addition to lots of people whoperform a lot of diverse tasks (Hay, 2012). People involved in moviemaking range from actors, film directors, video editors to soundengineers. It also involves a ridiculously huge budget. Filmsintended for a global audience have to be produced by the establishedand influential production companies.

Moviemaking is a complex process and it has five major phases namelydevelopment, pre and post production, production and distribution(Hay, 2012). Development is basically the developing phase of thestory and project. Pre-production entails script writing, planning,planning of the shooting timetable, and story boarding. Production isthe production of the video as well as assembling images and sounds.Post-Production on the other hand involves video editing, effects,creation of titles and finishing. Finally, distribution is thepresentation of the film to the global audience.

Thelargest consumers of movies are Japan, China and the US. Nigeria, U.Sand India are the largest producers of films (Hay, 2012). Otherimportant hubs for filmmaking are Spain, Italy, Hong Kong, Germanyand the United Kingdom. As much as these countries lead in thecreation of films, movie filming most of the time happens in othercountries. This is primarily because of the infrastructural and laborcosts. Majority of American films are done in Canada, on the otherhand, most of the Indian movies are done in Canada, U.K, New Zealand,countries in Easter Europe as well as in the U.S (Mike, 2012). Thelocation in movie making is extremely crucial. Apart from the cost ofinfrastructure and labor, location plays an important role incomplementing the theme of a movie.

TheU.S film industry is the oldest and the largest as well based onrevenue. Hollywood is the focal point of the United States motionpicture sector. There are also a number of large and influential filmcompanies such as Walt Disney, Touch Stone Pictures, Marvel Studiosand Sony Pictures Entertainment. Majority of filming in America isdone in New York, Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana and California.India is the world’s largest film producer with an estimated 2000movies in 2009 while Nigeria has the most influential movie industryin Africa in terms of films produced as well as value. In Asia, HongKong has the best established industry and it is third in the worldin movie production. In the Middle East, Egypt has the mostflourishing film industry.

Theorigin of drama can be traced back to ancient ceremonies (religious).Drama originated from Athens, Greece (Lindsay, 2012). The Athenstragedy named Oedipus the king as well as Shakespeare’s Hamlet arethe corner stone of the drama art. Presently, theatrical productionshave become more expensive compared to a few decades ago. However,the drama industry is resilient and it has managed to survive overthe years. Theatre is what actually influenced early television,radio and film production.

Theproduction of a play is not as complex as creating a movie. Itinvolves script writing and finally production. The main players intheatre production are the playwright/script writer who forwardshis/her writings or drafts to the director who influences the designaspects, the cast and interpretation of the script (Baruch, 2013).Unlike movie production where a script writer’s work is frequentlymodified, in theatre a playwright’s work is highly respected. Dueto the low cost of attending performance, people are slowly adaptingthe art form (McCarthy, 2014).

Inconclusion, drama and film are important components of theentertainment industry. Even though drama seems to be lacking a bigaudience it still remains an important part of entertainment. Theatrehas a number of enthusiasts and in fact a report by the RANDCorporation indicated that the number of people going to liveperformances has gradually been increasing over time (McCarthy,2014). Movies on the other hand remain an irresistible element in ourlives.


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