The Film Industry Faces Reality

Necessary Changes for the Film Industry

You may have noticed a bit of a drastic change happening in the TV industry. More and more actors who were primarily only seen on the big screen are in the past are now starting to appear on the small screen in TV-like roles. 

The considerable financial resources of streaming services may have been partially responsible for this change. Still, the public’s shifting viewing habits and greater freedom from the constraints of network television also have contributed to the explosion of great big characters in creative, original scripts being produced and airing on the small screen.

What was once thought to be career suicide for actors is now being actively pursued and embraced in the new-found freedom that the waning days of network TV have brought about. 

Adapt or Die

But there is another gorilla in the room that’s also changing people’s viewing habits, and of course, we’re talking about the global pandemic. 

It wasn’t long before the movers and shakers in the film industry realized that forcing people to watch movies in theaters would likely kill half their audience. In 2020, the decidedly ‘old school’ Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally threw in the towel and announced new requirements for Oscar eligibility that didn’t include a theater release.

Streaming gained a leap of legitimacy, but no one was very surprised by the move, as they saw it was the only way for the industry to survive. And though die-hards in the industry will never admit it publicly, the pandemic has turned out to be a cloud with a silver lining.

As more and more production companies figure out ways to pursue film-making safely and more households invest in streaming services, the pandemic may usher in a golden age of small-screen viewing. And theaters will become old and dusty curiosities of the past.