Hollywood currently stands on the precipice of widely accepting a new and special form of aesthetic-driven storytelling. It's a similar position the industry found itself in after the release of The Blair Witch Project, only instead of "found footage," now the trend is screen-centric narratives. Also a low budget approach, the idea is that an entire film can unfold on nothing but screens - from laptops, to smartphones, to televisions and more - and it's a cinematography style that has very much evolved from our screen-obsessed general lives. We've already seen a few features execute the method, including the Unfriended movies, Open Windows, and Searching, but right now only the surface is being scratched, and the reality is that there is still a lot of potential here that has yet to be explored.

Specifically, the survival of the style will require both expansion and variety - which is where genre becomes oh-so important. All of the titles mentioned above can be categorized under "Horror/Thriller," and while it's proven effective, the range has to be amplified. The good news is that there rests a lot of possibilities in modern day filmmaking, and while historical fiction and westerns aren't really on the board, there are some other prime opportunities for on-screens stories available.


Science-fiction may be the genre with the most interesting possibilities featured on this list, because it is the storytelling best situated to allow for some real radical experimentation with the on-screen approach. The reason for this is simply because the storytelling is already so technology-centric - so when new, better and more advanced technology is introduced, there exists the possibility to do more and more with the format without explicitly breaking the "rules."

Searching is a film that has to use laptops and smartphones because they are the pieces of technology available to the film's protagonist, but what if that could be expanded? For example, what if cybernetic eyes were a thing in the world of the story, allowing the film's primary "user" to hack into the livestream of a person's perspective and watch the world through their eyes? Surely the main console of a spaceship could see some cool action play out. And what if screens are actually three dimensional, allowing protagonists to directly interact with icons and dialogue boxes on screen? These might be kind of big steps to take on when on-screens storytelling is still so nascent, but with further development there are some amazing, creative opportunities to be explored.

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