When you think of industries which have been radically affected by the advent of high speed internet access, the movie business might not be the first
one to come to mind. However, this is one industry which is radically different from what it was just five or ten years ago thanks to the broadband internet access that is now readily available throughout the United States. In many ways, the internet has drastically improved not only the way which movies are made, but also the way that we watch what is happening on the screen.
In the past, there was a very narrow path in order to have a career in film. Most times, the only way to have a career in film was to put in a lot of time with face to face networking and paying dues. This was the only way to make the connections necessary to make a film at some point in the future. Many times, aspiring filmmakers had to move to Hollywood and be lucky enough to land a job doing anything that they could on a set.
However, high speed internet has changed the way that those interested in a career in movies can break into the business. While there is still a lot of networking to do, the internet has now given aspiring movie makers much more accessibility than ever before. In the days before the internet, filmmakers could not get an independent movie seen unless they went to a school with the right equipment or grew up on a set. However, the internet has allowed for the advent of cheap digital technology. This means that anyone with a digital camera is a potential filmmaker. All it takes is the film and editing capabilities which can be easily purchased. In addition, websites such as YouTube and Vimeo have made it so that anyone can create a film and have it seen by the masses. As a result, thousands of people who would not have had the resources to get seen can now hope that their film attracts the right people without having to actually go to Hollywood.
For those who are very serious minded about making a career out of film access to high speed internet has made it possible to network with more people than was ever even possible before. It allows for a film to be out there and create a following on its own without having to have a movie mogul involved. While you still have to be good, filmmakers have more of a shot of making it now than ever before.
High speed internet access has also changed the way that films are marketed and reviewed. Today, trailers are released online and can be watched again and again. In addition, movie goers don’t have to wait for an official review from a newspaper. Now, the entire world can be a critic and can tell others what they think of the movie. In addition, movie goers can also purchase tickets online well in advance of the first showing making it possible to get in to even the most popular movie on opening weekend.