Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2024

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Allan MacVicar


This work aims to analyze the evolution of both international and American cinema as an art form, specifically in relation to the abstract concept of originality, to determine what possible future trends in cinema may look like and the potential for the manifestation of “new waves” in cinema. Emerging during the Industrial Revolution, cinema has evolved as an entertainment medium from brief moving pictures presented as novelties to lengthy feature films. With its evolution arose trends in visual storytelling, including experimental, narrative, and remakes, whose own categories comprise the retelling of old stories, remakes of films in other languages, and adaptations of animated films into live-action films. In recent years, non-original films have increasingly dominated the box offices, incentivizing filmmakers and production companies to turn to IP rather than gambling big budgets on never-before-seen storylines and characters. Using statistics on the economic success of different international and Hollywood film trends and combining them with analyses of the emergence of “new waves” in cinema, this work intends to hypothesize future breakthroughs in original cinematic stories and the socioeconomic capacities that may allow them to appear. This paper aims to motivate future studies on unfolding box-office trends and the role of originality in those trends.


Presented at the Spring 2024 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.