I'd love to hear what you gotta say..
Posted 17 July 2006 - 01:20 PM
Hard-core filmmakers say "Digital will never replace film because it would never LOOK as good as 35mm film even with special lenses, filters and 24 frame rate..They believe it's worth the extra cost."
Then the digital filmmakers say that "technology makes it easier to make films. It's more affordable, very high quality image, easier for editing/special effects (no need to transfer back and forth) and there is no need to worry about the common annoyances of actual film (ex: light leakage on the film, loading problems, snip testing)."
I've been contemplating this for a while now..hey, I aspire to become a cinematographer. When I first started film school, I wanted to get into the "old school" filmmaking. Now, I'm thinking that digital might be better for me. I still study film cameras on my own. Don't get me wrong, I love film. But, I believe sooner or later digital will take over..even though many hardcore filmmakers will do all they can to resist change.
Honestly, what do you think about this issue? I'd like to hear it from a professional cinematographer. Thanks! -Natalie
Posted 17 July 2006 - 01:23 PM
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Posted 17 July 2006 - 02:57 PM
I want to shoot with a format that isn't going to hearken feelings similar to what people who watch silent films today feel.
I don't think that there is anything inherently wrong with being from a certain period of time. EVERYTHING is going to seem dated in 100 years...time keeps ticking. Our "modern" movies will appeal to the average cinema goer about as much as movies from the fifties appeal to teenagers. Nothing against movies from the fifties, I'm just saying that nothing stays relevent forever, so embrace whatever medium you have readily available and make stories about your place in time. Besides, are you watching the news lately? I don't know that there will be anyone left to watch them (aliens?).
Posted 17 July 2006 - 04:22 PM
I believe sooner or later digital will take over...
Even though many hardcore filmmakers will do all they can to resist change.
You're probably right...
But for the near future both formats will be very relevant.
For the next 20 years at least film will be as popular as digital cinematography.
So it behooves you to know how to be compentent in both formats.
But besides that it's also important to study both...
Because the future of digital cameras lies with film.
More and more digital cameras are being designed from film cameras
Cameras like the Genesis, the Viper, or the D20 and some other prototype cameras
Are being built to resemble film cameras...they have similar ergonomics...
They use film lenses & behave a bit like film...they have same film depth of field, ect...
So if you're familiar with film cameras the crossover will not be so great.
If you're looking to speacialize in only one format you might be seriously limiting yourself.
Like John said a competent film program will teach you how to use both.
Posted 18 July 2006 - 10:36 AM
1. What is "The Future of Filmmaking"?
2. What is the best way of making "Films for Future Audiences" today?
"Increasingly digital" is one answer. "Film still rules" is the other.
Film has a proven track record of supporting future presentation and display formats. When Sony uses clips from "The Music Man" (35mm film, 1962) and "The Sound of Music" (65mm film, 1965) to show the capabilities of their latest 4K SXRD digital projector, that tells you something about film being "futureproof".
Posted 18 July 2006 - 11:31 AM
in stills photography maybe digital will overcome but not in the movies. it will depend purely on the project and on the look of the film. believe me i can picture a cinematographer in 2078 choosing to shoot on film for a feature about frank sinatra and another one opting for digital for a sci fi with aliens in it
its all in the story
Posted 18 July 2006 - 11:56 AM
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Posted 18 July 2006 - 02:36 PM
what is the future of this forum, with this, an endlessly pointless and repetetive topic...
Maybe, but thats because on this particular issue the pressures of the outside world are at odds with the world of cinematography/production.
The outside world is obsessed with change and the next new technology.
The world of film production is obsessed with reliability and quality.
Slightly inexperienced Producers/Directors/Executives think 'Why shoot film when digital is cheaper?'
Slighty more experienced DPs/Producers/Executives/Directors think film still achieves the necessary quality and style for the majority of situations for an acceptable price.
The UK Film Council only funds digitaly originated short films:
Young UK filmmakers roam the streets for more credit cards to max, for their film originated projects...'Sigh'
Posted 18 July 2006 - 08:55 PM
My penny's worth. (Or two cents, if you swing that way).