Movie posters can stand by itself as a work of art. They decorate otherwise drab walls of theaters and put life into them. They tell a story, they speak something about the films they are promoting. As the song goes a picture can paint a thousand words.

The movie posters are employed to advertise a movie. They came into existence since the earliest public exhibitions of film. The movie posters started as placards listing the line up movies to be shown at the theater. With the onset of the 1900s, the movie posters took on a different turn. They have now illustrations of a scene from individual movies.

In the beginning the movie posters were created and produced solely for use of the theaters. The film ads were very necessary for a film to succeed. They were returned to the distributors after the film was done in theaters. This is true in the United States of America. The movie posters were returned to the National Screen Service (NSS). But somehow some of the movie posters found their way into the hands of collectors and film poster dealers. This is especially true when the NSS stopped its operation in 1985.

By this time the film studios took over direct production and distribution of movie posters for the films they produced. This started the spreading out of the process of making and distributing movie posters. Nowadays film posters are produced in great quantities to promote a movie because they are now being sold directly to the public by retailers who bought them from studio distributors. Movie posters also have now invaded the internet. The studios that created these film ads placed them on their websites for the promotion of their movie films. The easy access and readily available movie posters do not now make collectors' items. Rare movie posters can cost up to thousands of dollars.

Movie studios then have to make several movie ads for one theater since theaters then only show one movie at a time. Thus different sizes of movie posters were created to promote the movie film all over the theater. But with the advent of multiple screen cinemas sizes of movie posters were standardized. This is because the theater spaces have to be apportioned among more films. But there are still different sized posters for distribution to other countries.

Movie posters in one way or another have helped greatly the promotion of a certain film. It lasts, if cared for properly, and it can serve as d├ęcor on wall of a room or walls which need to be lightened up. The posters can become a sort of collection. It makes a certain movie unforgotten sort of immortalizing it. The movie posters provoke certain emotions in the viewer most especially when it is an old movie and a good one.

It makes one wax nostalgic for movies of long ago. Day in and day out while looking at the movie posters of old movies serve as a reminder when the world was not as chaotic as it is today.

Morgan Spurlock made quite the name for himself playing the human guinea pig in Supersize Me, but sadly his follow-up Where In the World Is Osama bin Laden felt like a good idea that just got lost. It may remind many viewers of how Michael Moore's third act in Fahrenheit 911 got a little confused and disjointed from his original message.

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold starts with an interesting premise of showing how cross promotion has infiltrated Hollywood movies and tv, which is something we already know. Spurlock starts out in an attempt to help us better understand how all this works by doing it himself to fund his own film.

Like many documentaries, you have a rough idea of what you're going to try to reveal or uncover, but the ending result usually winds up differently than you expected which is normally good. The only issue some may have with Spurlock's Greatest Movie Ever Sold is that it feels like his original missive was abandoned and turned more into a winking at the camera to show how easy it is to sell out in desperation to get funding for your dream project. It also shows how easy it is for your dream project to lose site of the original intent when trying to appease investors. Spurlock did a recent article in Entertainment Weekly where he showed a list of how to raise money for documentaries, and it pretty much followed what he did for this film.

Greatest Movie Ever Sold is certainly entertaining in seeing how easy it can be to become a huckster to pull in sponsors; however when Spurlock encounters some really good interview subjects it feels like it's off to the next stunt or meeting to raise more money before they can explain how we've become so bombarded with ads and product placement. One cool story is a Florida school that was so in the red that they've literally turned every inch of it into possible ad space. This is the closest we can learn of why he's doing this film, other than he's latched onto a familiar idea that we all are more than aware of without making us think too hard.

When Spurlock interviews movie makers like Quentin Tarantino and Brett Ratner, some viewers will hope to learn more about the process of product placement in movies and what they had to do to get this done, but it is just more general marketing information segment.

We do quickly see that while Spurlock is making fun of the corporate sponsors, he needs them to make his film. Spurlock allows us to see what concessions he did have to make for the film in what he could and couldn't say about the brands, but the most we learn about advertising is when he shows us MRI's taken of people when they are shown various ads so companies can better understand what works and doesn't work in the race to make more money.

Spurlock's last attempt at doing something more serious with Where In the World Is Osama bin Laden turned out to be a misstep. We can assume that if Greatest Movie Ever Sold does well at the box office, we can count on seeing more lighter style docs from him in the vein of his What Would Jesus Buy?, which he only produced but you could see his handprints all over it.

Movies are as memorable as the fleeting images they leave audiences. Aside from the heartfelt dialogue, spot-on movie score, and great acting, a movie draws its impact from a great location.

Filming locations in Los Angeles are among the most favorite places to shoot movies, commercials and even for photography sessions. Aside from the vast selection of sets, their proximity to production offices and studios provides convenience. In this article, we will be counting down the reasons why this city is the best place to search for film locations.

1. The possibility of finding a new location is endless!

Los Angeles is popular for its mix of urban and country-side. It is similar to looking at two sides of the coin. Film location scouts are often enthralled by the scenic views provided by the city, the same being drawn to building architectures and historical streets.

Filming locations in Los Angeles are not limited to white-sandy beaches or spacious green parks. There are a lot of residences that can be used for filming, whether it's for movies or for TV shows. Even simple downtown run-in diners or stores can also be used. The whole Los Angeles can be considered as one big studio filled with every area providing the best props and backgrounds the production need. A simple street is turned into an iconic filming location like Sunset Boulevard. Los Angeles is a gold mine for location scouts.

2. Filming locations in Los Angeles are fit for long hours of productions.

As the entertainment capital of the world, film shootings are a normal, everyday, thing. You would see numerous production teams set up in certain areas in the city. This is the reason why homeowners even consider residential filming location rentals as a good passive source of income.

Most of the areas in Los Angeles, including infrastructures, are designed to entertain longer hours (and days) of filming production. Those who offer their property for filming used even ensure their place to provide convenience in terms of equipment installation, parking, and amenities. Extra rooms are even open for the team to use as offices and sleeping areas.

3. The cast and crew don't need to go very far.

Most people who are in the filming industry lives in Los Angeles. The city is packed with production companies, studios, and entertainment centers. For both cast and crew, filming out of town extra effort to book flights days before they would shoot scenes, and booking accommodations. They also need to secure and ready the location to shoot. While a well-planned action can lessen the possibility of problems arising, flights and hotel arrangements may provide inconvenience. Delayed flights and reservation mix-ups can occur. There's also the weather to worry about.

Filming within the city can provide convenience from travelling and preparing items to bring. The team doesn't need to face blizzards since Los Angeles enjoys fair weather most of the time. It is more time-convenient too.

Filming locations in Los Angeles is indeed ideal. Scouts can only worry selecting the best spots where the whole team can feel most convenient with. The city is truly the best place to shoot movies.