Entertainment for Children, Are we doing enough?

by ExpertBlogger 11. July 2016 09:44

The children of 21st century are not generation X they are now generation Z or may be generation Y. They are a step ahead of generation X kids who somehow did not live into the world of internet completely but lived in the real world too. However the generations to come will witness everything at the click of their smartphone and every feeling in the form of virtual reality. Internet is the ocean of information from all around the world, but the challenge is how to search relevant content for children. It is like they are sunk into this ocean and there is no respite from it as Google is the answer for all the questions under the sun. As a result Google exposes the kids to numerous other content which are not meant for them. Entertainment industry especially outside US too does not offer a wholesome relevant entertaining package to children due to lack of audience in this segment. The animation and action both the forms lack a quality for children and they are largely dependent on foreign channels and movies for their entertainment needs. They like Avengers, Pokemon, Superman and many such animated and action heroes.

In India children have a scarceness of the animated films. Some shows being a class apart from its counterparts and most adored by Indian or other kids is the only such movie of our times which has changed the definition of kids’ entertainment. The monetary investment are high and returns are marginally lower. The producers and directors like to make commercially successful projects whereas the children want something of high quality visual and audio, they are exposed to the world of PS and internet and they like some really good high dimensional experience. The kids know exactly to maneuver most of the devices like smartphones, iPad, play stations and they are into high grade entertainment and amidst this if they are given a ham-fisted piece of art or animation they will not lap it and will slowly move to the world of virtual reality which is through gaming consoles which give them more liberty and enthusiasm. We lack the type of entertainment which Minions or Ice Age or Harry Potter yields to the children and it is because in Bollywood children’s film are not a category. Some movies hit the theatre once in years, and filmmakers are not at all motivated to make such films which cater to the children’s psyche. Children’s films may not give them enough profits which they sure to get when they launch a superstar in their movie. However the dearth is of engaging content for children, which could make them relate to their lives and things around them. Children have productive minds. Their inquisitiveness proportion is much higher than that of adults. They want to discover, know further, and unleash their fancy. Stories, songs and visuals partially fulfill this curiosity and leave them to want for more. 

 

Films help shape children’s artistic receptivity, polish their quizzical skill, and finely help to baseline their value systems. India is the largest producer of feature films in the world (over 1000 films a year), the number of children’s films it produces annually is appallingly low – just about a handful or so per year which is not an encouraging number. Though India does not have a scarcity of stories, there is a dearth of good screenplay writers and directors for sure who could render the stories into entertaining films. On commercial grounds the producers do not plunge into children’s meaningful cinema as they believe in the fact that there is a little take away for everyone in their mainstream films. The film fraternity should step up for the making of films meant for children and display a different sensibility in terms of art which can provide the needs of children entertainment and they should not resort to the unlimited and uncensored content on the Internet and indulge themselves in the films which are made for them, making them responsible as well prevent their mind to wander in the unbounded source of content available on internet.

Entertainment Race in the box, who’s gonna win?

by ExpertBlogger 12. June 2016 12:11

You must have surprised with the title "Entertainment Race in the box, who’s gonna win?" what is the race in the box for entertainment , but if you have switch from one to other tv boxes then you must have got an idea that what is I am talking about.

Yes I am talking about the race of TV boxes by many companies out there, currently we have so many different kind of TV streaming box in market and it is just to complicate to choose for the normal non-technical user who has very limited knowledge about apps, resolution and connectivity option they provide and also the limitation of each box, which they realized after buying them. Each and every box has their own pros and cons but we are not going to talk about those there because you can easily go and check their spec side by side on net and find out difference if you get it, Here I am trying put the point is, why these TV boxes has limitation one over other when the technology is available for every company and they know about it. For an instance Roku, Apple Tv and Amazon fire sticks are head to head competition in this category.

Each one has their up’s and down some are good some are bad but every time they comes up new version and old version is just stalls, I can get that they don’t want to release everything at same time and stop their sell on that device instead they release it step by step and keep upgrading version also the software inside this. In my personal experience I had use both the box Roku and Apple Tv.

For just an example let consider Roku, the casting feature is really poor in that, I don’t have any idea that if Apple TV can make real progress in casting functionality then why cannot Roku go and work on casting feature and make their device good. On other hand Apple TV has good casting capabilities but when it comes to app they just way behind and has very limited apps and it just bound you and you start hating.

Sometime I feel that when these companies are working against each other they just have some kind of mutual agreement that they will have monopoly in certain feature so that they could survive in the market side by side, one simple thing is Remote , now why can they just come to an agreement and design some kind of remote which has simpler structure , I don’t want to limit the innovation and ability of devices but come on when it comes to kids and non-technical people who has very limited grasp over the remote and when you handle them apple tv remote they just hate it , why you want to replace the button with touch pad , I get it if someone want it that way they have an option , make to remotes one simple and one super complicated, this is my personal experience my 5 year daughter just struggle with apple tv remote and hate it whereas the remote on Roku was really good for handling , one more is thickness , I know apple is famous for their stick design but , when someone has their remote always sticking inside middle of couch or just goes below rug while dusting then you started thinking that why the hell they made this thing so small , every time I try to find it and it’s a job one of kind. 

I am not against the innovation they put in each product and comes up with unique and good ideas but when someone think about these just not only focus of tech oriented folk rather than consider from three year kids to 70 year old how they are going to use this.

On closing node I must say no body gonna win this race of box because each one has important one or another feature and it will always be a personal choice rather than what they offer.

By Whom, When & What to watch? Decide!!

by ExpertBlogger 18. May 2016 15:24

We have been always choosing what we want to watch or not, we always cared about what our kids are watching and when they are watching. The filtering of the content that can be considered as obnoxious and irrelevant for the set of audience who would see or watch it is called censorship. It is not just a term but a colossal phenomenon that is practiced worldwide in order to prevent the common man from those thought processes or views that have come from a person or a group of persons through their piece of work in most cases it is the work of art, that is reviewed thoroughly before bringing it to the audience. Censorship plays an important role in shaping the society with its screening of the improper content. The most pronounce area where censorship plays a dominant role is the media and the film industry and to some extent the literary works of artisans. In the democratic countries of the world like India, US and many others the freedom for speech or expression is the basic and most important right of every citizen, until any of their citizen tries to exercise this right in a way where it would hurt someone’s sentiments.

We live in a society that is majorly driven by certain norms and following them makes us responsible and unfollowing them makes us a rebel. A section of society who are artists, performers or writers have a certain viewpoint for something that goes around them and they express it through their work of art or creatively depict it but this could hurt many others living in the same society who would found it objectionable or questionable for their values. Censoring such content which otherwise belong to a particular person or a group is the duty of the censor board or committee in any country. To run the checks against the set principles that a particular society harbors to that creative work. Acting as a mediator between the creativity and the societal norms the censor board ensures that the relevant content is produced and the relevance of it is not lost in this process. For example it is the portrayal of violence on television or films that could lead to an increased rate of crime in a society, as it will influence the young minds to do the unprecedented. United States of America is the most liberal nation of the world and it exercises minimal censorship on it’s citizens and the press. Censorship body is meant to protect the sanctity of a society by reminding the people that the norms should be exercised in order to form an egalitarians society.

However the sole purpose of this type of set up to keep a guardian for protecting the society’s customs may sometimes violates the rights of the people who want to bring forth their creativity to the public and give them a different perspective. A governing body to keep an eye on the artists and press so that any inapt material should not reach the public may be a cruel way to hamper the creativity of media and press. It curbs their rights to freely give something to this world which otherwise the world is unaware of. The most controversial of all is politics which should be popularized or defamed with extreme care. Now a days the press practices no control to publish any content on TV or in newspapers, in order to practice the yellow journalism and as a result it creates useless heroes before the nation to gain viewership. The numbers they present are mostly inflated, the facts they put before are exaggerated and the people they glamourize are often shallow.

Censor board has the authority to stop this however it has become increasingly difficult for them to filter out inappropriate from the appropriate content. Another sensitive topic is religion all works that are done based on propagating a particular faith like writing a book, making a movie or a documentary or painting a canvas requires a very careful restraint on the artist or the author in order to make sure that the final piece of art is not disruptive in nature and does not create any upheaval from any community. Censor board has a vital role to play in order to make and maintain a balance of paradigms amongst different sections of people with varied tastes and psyche.

Reality behind Publicity & Promotions

by ExpertBlogger 1. April 2016 01:12

Everyone want to make money and profit is the end goal of every film, work of art or anything is getting produced, profits which is conceived in the mind of a filmmaker and goes down to the heart and mind of a viewer. With an expansive social media the stars and big production houses innovate techniques to promote their ventures. Back in the nineties the promotions were done by producers and not the film stars, however as times have changed and so are the promotional strategies. These days’ film stars have equal contribution in the promotions of the movie as a joint effort of the team. Stars have a mass appeal and they bring that aura with them which is a crowd puller. The movie goers feel pampered and more exhilarated and they go to watch the movie not for its content but for the stars.

The promos and the trailers are the most outdated ways to market the movie in today’s times. The trailer is always preceded by a teaser which is an entirely newer method to arouse the curiosity of the audience. The teaser of any movie easily gets millions of hits in its first month of release. Then comes the social media where the stars step into the promotional mode while they were shooting the film, Deepika and Vin Diesel have been releasing their intricate pictures from the sets of the one of the film. Movie merchandising is another fool proof promotional tactic to enter in the audience’s heads much before the film releases. Tweet about the movie, share pictures on Instagram and make Dub mash videos are some of the marketing techniques of the stars now-a-days.

These stars charge in lakhs per 140 characters for their promotional tweets, oh yes really?? This is again the newer bait for the internet stricken audience. The talking standee done, the extravagant roadshows done by the superstars all across the country, the trailer launch in the theatre is one such grand technique of familiarizing the audience with the film or if it is as weird as hanging a dummy human dead body to promote a horror flick. Television showcases the movie prior to its release not only through trailers and the songs but through other shows and channels participating in the movie promotion to bait the audience of the sitcoms. The fierce competition gives way to innovation and the desperate wish to stay in the race make the promotional strategies more unique and interesting.

The film becomes a household name much before it hits the ticket window. It is all about winning the hearts of the audience as the fate of a movie that is made with a whooping budget of hundreds of crores should be able to recover at least its cost. The basic idea of promotion is to get what is invested and rest is taken care by the script and novelty of the plot. This is the reason why low budget movies do not rely on weirdest promotional ideas but they concentrate their efforts on the plot of the movie and resort to modest ways of campaigning. Internet has made everything look so unique and approachable that the movie marketing is also driven by the force of internet. The movie games, the on line chat with the star cast and motion posters are gifts of digital marketing that have definite returns.

The classic ways of promotion like hoardings, posters etc. do still exist, but they are not so appealing to the senses where audience refuse to turn their heads away from their tab or phone. Promotions are the heart and soul of the project and it should be planned strategically just like any other launch of a product in the market. The branding of a movie project through its star cast is a commonplace now. The movie not only benefits its stars but the stars also benefit a movie before its release. With this the production houses have also created their own brands and glorify this movie business by their logos.

The star sells the movie and the movie sells a star! The atypical promotional campaigns act on the minds of the viewers they remember the tactic of promotion more than the movie down the line.

Does Internet is Winning Race against Television and Radio?

by ExpertBlogger 24. March 2016 11:01

In the year 2005 when popular video hosting site was launched by three ex-employees of PayPal little did they know that their concept would revolutionized the world of entertainment and will make them the millionaires by the millennials. The concept of video sharing over the internet has not only changed the face of media but has created a boom in many businesses. You Tube is one such medium that has taken the viewers with a storm and sending a strong blow to the television industry. The television is unable to come at par with such internet discoveries. The free of cost nature of internet makes it so accessible and preferable by the viewers. The loads of long forgotten videos and clippings just get so easy to access, whereas the absence of time capsule in a television makes it less popular. There are enough evidences that reveal the fact that video streaming is the Gen Z thing and is enjoyed by them more than the static entertainment medium like television. They can watch anything under the sun over the internet at any time and any place they want. Anyone can share the videos which they have and in this way internet gets richer in its content.

The CDs have lost their sheen ever since videos on internet has plunge into the market. Like the television many video hosting websites also has channels for the artists and performers from any field and they can upload their videos and become famous as well as earn as much money as a budding entrepreneur can. There are channels for cookery, make – up artistry, standup comedy, arts and design etc. on internet. The channel owners are the common people from amongst ourselves who exhibit their talents on this free medium and get numerous fans who subscribe to their You Tube channel and hence increasing the viewership. You Tube also help in running the small businesses of the up-and-coming entrepreneurs by giving them the compensation for as many subscribers they could have for their channel. The study on You Tube’s popularity revealed that the viewers of You Tube channels find the content that is published on it as more authentic and they could relate to it more easily as compare to the content that is telecasted over the television.

Internet videos are the most accessible application and most popular one in the smartphones. It is a personalized television where the viewer has full autonomy to decide what to watch and when to watch. You Tube can be watched from any device including smart TV., smart phones, I pad etc. The speed of streaming and the quality of videos that are uploaded on You Tube are the two areas where an improvement is needed in order to transform it into new age television. Alone YouTube attracts tons of viewers and billions of videos are pulled daily by the internet users. You Tube has successfully enchanted the Millennials as the content it offers is far wider in scope and varied than compare to a television.

Internet videos and other digital media has risen in popularity because of the advent of the much handy devices that can be developed on a chip. With all the technological advancements that lead to the fading of traditional methods of entertainment, TV still holds 70 % of viewership because of the high budgets and bigger canvas on which it plays and also because of its mass pervasiveness. However TV is just not about anything whereas You Tube is all about anything which we want to see anywhere.

Video streaming has also diversified into advertising world. It plays the ad just before a video clip and may be between the clips, however the good thing is viewer has the full control to skip the ad while it is playing whereas television does not authorize a viewer with this. The feature which is remarkably distinguishing is the ‘share‘, you can share the content you are watching with anyone be it on WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter. The war of television and Internet video streaming will be won by the potential contender which can create such engaging channels that could cling onto the minds of the audience and are more relatable. The way digital media is diversifying both Television and YouTube would re vamp their look and accessibility and will reach the widest audience. 

Considering all this above do you think that Internet is winning race against Television?