Last week, Movies.com Managing Editor Erik Davis was a guest on the final episode of the Reject Radio podcast, and the show was focused on the question of what changed most about cinema and moviegoing in 2012. Also appearing to talk with host (and Film School Rejects managing editor) Scott Beggs about "the things that will never be the same again in the movie world" were Film School Rejects Associate Editor Rob Hunter, Cinema Blend Editor-in-Chief Katey Rich and Going the Distance screenwriter Geoff Latulippe. Their big answers and topics discussed include the end of celluloid, the permanence of digital shooting and projection, the introduction of 48 fps (aka high frame rate), the growth of crowd-funding and democratic fan-driven film production, and how the success of The Avengers is changing movie franchises, probably for the worse.
Those are all definitely really big stories from the past year, and many of them will certainly continue to be talking points through the new year. Other stories and changes, though, should be added. Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm and promise of more Star Wars films, for example, is one of the most significant things to happen to Hollywood, movie fans and especially movie websites in years. We have years before we see the next Star Wars installment, and until then and beyond the Internet will be going crazy for rumors, concrete information and continued speculation and legitimate discussion of casting, stills, etc., etc., etc.
On a different side of cinema, the change in rules for the documentary Oscar seem to have impacted the nonfiction film world in a way by marginalizing certain kinds of works even further than ever by primarily highlighting already popular features. And yet, according to some in the community, there is a nonfiction cinema revolution going on that was particularly visible this year -- filmmaker Robert Greene includes new, non-Oscar-y works Only the Young and Leviathan among titles that are part of this movement.
Other little -- yet probably quite significant -- impacts to cinema in 2012 for the future include the sudden rise of Seth MacFarlane as a big-screen player, the increase in auteurs and arthouse filmmakers (such as Ang Lee) embracing 3D, the further practice of blockbusters shooting scenes in IMAX to help draw audiences to the bigger screen format, a renewed interest in 70 mm, and from the way my friends have been raving lately, the awesomeness of 3D televisions (and Blu-ray), which apparently makes yet another one of the lures of the movie theater obsolete.
What was the most significant change to movies in 2012?
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