Entertainment of the Film Industry
I have always enjoyed going to the movie theater and buying a bag of popcorn, a large soda and settling in to see the newest feature film on the big screen. I am not alone, countless people have been mystified and entertained by movies around the world for nearly a century. And today it is still one of the most popular forms of entertainment.
The history of film began in the late 1890s, with the invention of the movie camera. Motion pictures developed gradually to one of the most important tools of communication, entertainment and mass media. At the end of the 19th century, people were first introduced to a horse galloping in a record-style format called a Zoopraxiscope, which was of the earliest ways of showing a moving image to an audience. From there, celluloid film was being patented; and eventually sound was being added. The 1950s was known as the “Golden Age” of film. This period was marked by glamorous movie stars and adorable child actors and film helped keep Americans minds off the economic slump and war of the time. During the Second World War and after, film was making advances into animation, propaganda and war-based films.
Today the film industry is still entertaining and bringing joy and excitement to audiences and it continues to advance all the time. 3D movies became popular after the movie Avatar was introduced to cinemagoers. Viewers now also have access to movies on DVD and now Blu-Ray, which can be bought or rented. Also movies can be accessed instantly on the Internet through places like Netflix and Amazon Prime. This makes it simpler for a viewer to enjoy a movie anytime and anyplace with an Internet or Wi-Fi connection. Even advances in home theater televisions make watching movies at home even more enjoyable and convenient. But audiences still enjoy getting out of the house to experience a new release on the big screen.
Demographically, in the US and Canada alone, More than two-thirds of the population aged 2+ (67%) – or 221.2 million people – went to a movie at the cinema at least once in 2011. The typical target customers are young people are in the 12-24 age group. They represent 22% of moviegoers and 30% of tickets sold. These young adults also go to see movies more frequently than other age groups. As for gender, Males and Females went to movies at similar levels. Overall 51% Females and 49% of Males go to see movies. Although Caucasians make up the majority of the population and moviegoers (139 million), they represent a smaller share of 2011 ticket sales (58%). Hispanics are more likely than any other ethnic group to go to movies, but purchased fewer tickets. The average income range for moviegoers is about the $20,000 – $100,000.
One interesting fact that I found is that movie theaters continue to draw more people than all theme parks and major U.S. sports combined. This is because the average ticket price for a family of four in the US is under $40. This makes going to see a movie as the most affordable entertainment options out of going to an amusement park which averages about $200, or a sports event which costs about $100-$300 for a typical family of four.
The approximate yearly amount of sales in the film industry domestically in 2011 was $10.2 billion. The global box office for all films released in each country around the world reached approximately $32.6 billion in 2011 Japan being the top international market with China being the second largest.
The Film industry continues to grow and generate billions of dollars worldwide. Even in this day and age with the uncertain economy, audiences still continue to go a cinema and watch the latest movies. Even with the advances of home theater systems in homes, most viewers, even myself would rather see a film on the big screen and enjoy the ambiance of the theater.
The film industry creates billions of dollars in jobs and products. Most people in the industry start out in Entry-level positions such as a receptionist, an assistant, or a runner at a company and work their way up the ladder from there. Personally I would like to work in the film industry not only because I love watching movies, but also I am fascinated with everything that goes on behind the scenes. And since the demand for movies is still strong there will always be jobs available to those who have a passion for the film industry.