Everything You Didn’t Know About Amazon Studios
If you have Amazon Prime membership then you probably enjoy watching movies and TV Series on Prime Video. How did it all start? Why Amazon decided to create a competition to Netflix and Hulu?
What is Amazon Studios?
Amazon is a huge brand that everybody knows. Every platform that is free to use needs to have return on investment. Facebook has ads and Amazon has membership. I was actually resisting getting Prime membership for some time but what changed my mind? One movie. I can’t believe it either but I just wanted to watch a new documentary about Jonas Brothers, which I have to say didn’t even know who the hell are those guys. But I absolutely love music documentaries, I like to study the editing combined with music and storytelling.
As a videographer, I need to evolve and keep studying different styles and techniques. I absolutely loved the trailer and I thought to myself, even though I don’t know these guys, it’s a nice story about brotherhood so why not to watch it? But it was only available on Amazon Prime Video.
Why I decided to go with Prime Membership?
As a regular buyer of products on Amazon, I thought to myself, I might actually need this membership anyway. I buy equipment for my video production business, gifts for my family and listening to Amazon music is a nice bonus as well. With Prime membership I also don’t need to pay delivery and it’s usually the next day. A perfect thing about Amazon Prime is you can try it for 30 days for free and enjoy all the benefits. And guess what, you enjoy it so much that there’s no way you’re not going to pay the next month just to keep your membership. It’s a brilliant product for just £7.99. It’s ridiculous.
So I started my membership and watched Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness. I absolutely loved it and I started discovering other movies and content on Prime Video. I’m not actually a person that watches TV every day. In fact, I don’t have a TV for over 6 years now and everything I want to watch I watch it online. And usually it’s just a background while I’m working. Anyway, I wanted to know more about Amazon Studios so I started studying.
How it all started with Amazon Studios?
In 2010 Amazon decided to create Amazon Studios and produce original content and distribute movies globally. Screenwriters from all over the world were able to submit their screenplays for TV shows and movies in return for a very nice reward of 10 000 – 200 000 dollars. Of course as a platform to stream everything that Amazon Studios produce and distribute is Prime Video which is a direct competitor to Netflix and Hulu. But it’s much smarter because Prime Video is a part of the whole Amazon package and it doesn’t only offer movies and TV shows. If you want to submit your screenplay to Amazon, it’s too late unfortunately. Submissions were closed in 2018.
What is the biggest creative success of Amazon Studios?
It all started in 2008 though, when Amazon decided to go into a movie production and produced a film The Stolen Child with 20th Century Fox. The milestone was definitely created when Amazon Studios produced movie Manchester by the Sea, starring Casey Affleck, received 6 Academy Award nominations, winning two of them for Best Actor in a leading role and Best Original Screenplay.
The end of old school television?
I think everybody knows Top Gear and have an idea why it’s not on TV anymore. Or it’s not producing new series. I would add to it, who cares? After all the legal BS, I’m thinking to myself why the biggest and most successful TV show should just end? If you replace anybody from the original trio which has incredibly funny chemistry, you’re done. And everybody knew it, except for some producers.
So what do we have now? We have The Grand Tour! The original trio doing Top Gear but not naming it Top Gear. The thing is the same and it’s completely the same! Because when you’re the best, you don’t care about some TV station telling you yes and dictating you what to do. You can do what you want and get hunted by for example Amazon Studios to produce your show. This is the freedom of the Internet era and I love it! No more of white collars saying no to you and telling you what to do.
Create your own TV show or movie online
If you start out and you have great ideas, no matter if it’s movies, screenplays or acting career. Or any other kind of business, you are able to make them happen. And you don’t need anyone to tell you yes or to give you a chance. Start your YouTube channel, Twitch account or Instagram and become an influencer. It’s not an easy thing to do but if you truly love it and you have great ideas and passion, it will happen if you don’t give up. That’s the reality of it. If you have a passion for travelling, save up some money, travel and make vlogs and photos and create your travel account. Write blogs and write an e-book or audio book and you don’t need to wait for a book publisher to tell you you’re good enough and they will publish your book. Those days are over. Our parents didn’t have this chance and it’s a crime if our generation doesn’t take advantage of what became possible for us.