Cinema in itself is an innovation and it has never ceased to evolve, ever since the Edison company invented it in 1981. From animations to shared universes and reboots, here are 6 innovative and groundbreaking movie concepts in the film industry that changed the way films are made and looked at. Let’s get going.
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1. The James Bond Movie Series
Bond. James Bond. A peerless spy, notorious womanizer, and a masculine icon who has lived on through ages since his inception in the form of Dr. No in 1962. There are 26 Bond movies till date with ‘No Time to Die’ slated for a release in 2021. That makes us appreciate the idea of making a series of movies based on a character and that character alone. It is an innovative idea where the character outlives the makers and the actors who portray it. Over time, eight actors have portrayed the iconic British spy and it is the longest running film series in history. In an age where actors sign contracts to play a character or the character hands over the mantle to another character to change the actor (For example, Captain America handed over his role to Falcon in Avengers: Endgame), this sure is one of the most innovative movie concepts.
2. Shared Universe
What if all your favourite characters live in the same world, or rather “Universe” and make a grand crossover in a movie. This is the hot topic going around in film making right now popularised by Marvel Studios’ Marvel Cinematic Universe. The ‘Cinematic Universe’ concept has become such a huge hit among fandoms that Marvel Studios went on to produce 23 films in the MCU. But not all studios were successful in the execution of this visionary concept. Universal Studios scrapped its ‘Dark Universe’ after the failure of ‘The Mummy’ reboot starring Tom Cruise. Another studio that failed to capitalize on this concept was Marvel’s arch rival DC Comics. Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse is going good after the smash hit ‘Kong: Skull Island’ though the Godzilla movies didn’t do particularly well. So it’s safe to say Marvel Studios were the only company which had the vision to execute 23 movies that are intertwined with each other and at the same time setting up a grand finale in ‘Avengers: Endgame’.
You get a spin-off or sidequel or an anthology movie when the makers decide to take out a particular character or sideplot from a movie or a TV Series and make a movie out of it. Spin-offs not only provide a whole new dimension to the film franchise but also help in understanding the main plot from a completely different perspective. This is exactly why spin-offs are being made – For fan favorite characters. Some notable spin-offs in recent times include Deadpool from X-Men franchise and Minions from Despicable Me franchise. Star Wars had a couple of spin-offs too in the form of ‘Rogue One’ and ‘Solo’.
A Reboot is a classic movie which is remade with new age tech or a different storyline. Well, not exactly innovative but the concept of bringing a classic back to the screens is amazing. Most of the time, these movies end up doing horribly bad at the box office because of bad reimagination. A couple of best reboots in recent times, in our opinion are ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’. We’ll try our best to not think about DC Comics’ reboot movies.
What if a song is interwoven into the storyline?
What if the songs take the story forward?
That is exactly a Musical Film. Mind you, these movies are not for everyone as these have high “musical quotient” in them. And an interesting trivia for you – Almost every Indian movie is a musical as they contain 4 to 5 songs per movie and these songs might take the story forward or can be merely used as a promotion material.
This is for people with the wildest of imaginations. Animation brings to life the things that cannot be shot in real and things that can only be fantasized. From celluloid sheets to animatronics to motion capturing, animation has come a long way. Studios like Dreamworks , Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios are best known for their work in animation movies.
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