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Published on June 23rd, 2020 | by Jerry Doby

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Beneficial Relationships Within the Entertainment Industries

The entertainment industry is a catchall name given to the many different sectors which manufacture content designed to entertain consumers. This includes music, movies, television and video games. But it’s not out of laziness that they are often lumped together; the different sectors often collaborate, borrowing from each other and sharing ideas, making sure we get some of the best content for our entertainment. 

The film industry isn’t just responsible for the huge cinematic blockbusters that sell out multiplexes. It also incorporates smaller, independent outfits, as well as low budget tv movies and direct to video releases. Similarly, the music industry covers top-selling artists, as well as jingles, soundtracks, and commercially used tunes. When we think of video games, most people automatically think of console games, but the industry also manufactures mobile games, online games, and training simulators for industries like aviation and medical.

Over the last decade there have been huge advances in technology that have made entertainment much more accessible. Streaming services now allow people to access thousands of hours of movies and television shows, meaning that the demand for original content has massively increased. Streaming music and digital downloads have been around a bit longer and are now the main method by which people purchase new music. Downloading games are now also so popular that there are digital-only versions of consoles available, completely negating the need for discs. As a result, the entertainment industry is thriving.

As you can imagine, there is quite a lot of integration between the different sectors: movies need soundtracks and background music, movie stars like Luke Evans have released albums, and video games have both inspired and been inspired by different movies – for example, the Resident Evil movies are based on the popular video game series of the same name, and there are plenty of Star Wars video games to choose from, the latest being Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. But it’s not just blockbuster console games which are getting the movie makeover treatment. The gambling industry has also been heavily influenced by the film industry. Many mobile and online casino games, including some of the video slots by online casino giant 888, are also based on popular and cult movies, including the famous titles Beetlejuice and Ghostbusters.

Popular Movies have gone on to inspire many games including those in the Gambling Industry. 

The music and movie industry have been working together for years, with many stars like Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez and Zendaya having successful careers across both. Musical films have also seen a renaissance in recent years, as 2017’s mega hit The Greatest Showman demonstrates. The soundtrack was also a massive success, in its original format as well as a set of cover versions by popular artists. And now that video games have become a popular mainstream hobby, they are reaching out to musicians and composers for the same soundtrack treatment as Hollywood. Rather than the squeaky 8-bit tunes of yesteryear, modern video games come with entire cinematic scores which heighten the tensions and emotions of the game play. Celebrated composer Ramid Djawadi, known for his work on Game of Thrones, Westworld and Pacific Rim, also composed and recorded the score for comeback epic Gears 4, showcasing the close relationship developing between the movie, music and video game industries.

Technology has not stopped evolving, and in the future video games look set to continue their rise in popularity. But these developments are good for the movie industry too, with gaming technology being employed on the big screen. Gone are the days of laboriously creating special effects by hand; now explosions, alien creatures and superheroes, as well as anything else you can imagine, are computer generated and digitally edited into the live footage. The technology is so advanced that most people don’t even notice the difference between computer animations and reality anymore – Jon Favreau, director of 2019’s remake of The Lion King, stunned viewers when it was announced that only one scene showed real footage of Africa.

The advancements in technology has helped the relationship between the entertainment industry integrate.

While the entertainment industry is made up of different and distinct sectors, these have grown closer together over the last few decades. By forging strong relationships between the movie, music and video game sectors, more opportunities have been created for those employed within to find work. In the age of digital entertainment, there are skills which are being utilised across all the industries, and this collaboration and sharing of ideas has aided the advancement of the technology used. These strong relationships are also beneficial to the consumers because the quantity and availability of top-class entertainment has greatly increased. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

 



About the Author

Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.


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