As the end of the year approaches, media outlets and clairvoyants contemplate how the film industry has changed in the past 12 months, and what could be in store for the months ahead. So this week we’ve compiled some of the most interesting insights, analyses, and predictions on the future of moviemaking.

Good Reads for the week of December 8, 2014

How the Death of Mid-Budget Cinema Left a Generation of Iconic Filmmakers MIA (via Jason Bailey for Flavorwire)
How the struggle to get a film made in the range of $5-60 million is putting icons like John Waters out of business.

For Universal Pictures, Zero Blockbusters Equals Record Profits (via Scott Mendelson for Forbes)
On the bright side, Universal has seen record profits by specifically focusing on those mid-budget films. Will this trend continue? Nah, prob not.

6 Ways the Movie Distribution Model Is Changing (via Nick Schager for Vulture)
The old days of popcorn, 3-D glasses, and heavy-petting in the back row are going the way of the Dodo.

16 Predictions For The Film Biz 2015 And Beyond (via Ted Hope for Truly Free Film)
If Hope is correct, we’re in for some big changes (and also he’s probably a wizard or something).


A video worth watching

Mike Leigh, Angelina Jolie, Richard Linklater, Bennett Miller, Christopher Nolan, and Morten Tyldum talk directing.

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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