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Motion Picture Film and Digital Video

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Screen shot 2012-10-25 at 12.48.03 PM.pngFor years now, filmmakers and critics have been predicting the "death" of celluloid film due to the constantly improving quality of high-definition video. The rise of quality in digital cameras and projectors have been changing the way audiences look at movies on the big screen with very few audiences noticing the difference. On an economic level, shooting digitally would save production and distribution companies thousands, even millions of dollars in the long run, saving on costs for negative development, digital transfers, and printing positives for film reels to be screened at movie theatres.

John Fithian, President of the National Association of Theaters stated in his annual state of the industry address: "For any exhibitor who can hear my voice who hasn't begun your digital transition, I urge you to get moving... Simply put, if you don't make the decision to get on the digital train soon, you will be making the decision to get out of the business" (Dombrowski 235). Truer words could not have been predicted, as on January 19, 2012, Eastman Kodak, the most innovative retailer in both still photography film and motion-picture film over the last century declared bankruptcy (Savitz).

So what's the big deal? Is it just a matter of purists holding on to an obsolete medium, or is there something authentic and "pure" behind shooting on motion-picture film? Furthermore, as digital cinema rises, what are the implications of the death of celluloid film and takeover of HD video? With this backgrounder, I hope to give an objective perspective on both sides of the argument.

Internet Resource Guide to ePublishing

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6998692893_0a8c639362_z.jpg Have you noticed whenever you're on the metro or at a café that eReaders are everywhere these days? These handheld devices let you carry hundreds of books around with you at any given time. This new technology has brought on a revolution in the publishing industry - ePublishing.

It had become common for big publishers to offer their titles in electronic form as well as in print form but it has also become phenomenally easy to publish your own eBook. Not only is it easy to do but it can also be more profitable.

This guide will lead you to several websites that offer ePublishing services. Each site is evaluated based on type, cost, distribution and percentage of royalties given to the author.

There are two types of sites: Distributor or Publisher.
The difference is mostly in cost and the amount of services offered. Distributors offer help in the last step of publishing, which is to actually get your book into the correct file format and put it out on the market. Publishers tend offer the kind of services you will require to transform your manuscript into a polished and professional book.

Self-publishing costs money, whether you decide to go with print-on-demand or ePublishing. How much you want to spend is up to you but making your book look like something put out by Random House does not come cheap.

There are several markets that have most of the market shares for eBook sales: Apples iBookStore, Amazon's Kindle Store, Kobo Books and Barnes & Noble. Not all distributors have agreements with every market, therefore which distributor you go with depends on which markets you want access to. Keep in mind that not all distributors limit you only to their services should you publish with them.

These were the four most talked about sites I found:

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

Smashwords

Kobo Writing Life

BookBaby

I thought it might be helpful to include a top five list of eReaders to give you an idea which bookstores to aim for.









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