There is an interview in the Jan. issue of ICG magazine featuring director James Gray (The Yards, We Own The Night). I thought his comments were worth posting. This is not the whole interview, just snippets related to video and digital.
ICG: What's your take on the idea that inexpensive video cameras will break down barriers to filmmaking with the result being better movies?
Gray: That is bullshit for several reasons. Ease of access does not guarantee excellence of result. Making a film, particularly a narrative film, is an art informed by a serious investment of time and energy into perfecting a craft. Excellence in craft is not arrived at easily. You need to work at it for a very long time.
ICG: Would you consider making a movie with a high-end digital camera?
Gray: Well, I love film; I love the way it looks. But to me it is not an interesting discussion. From my end, it's an inane thing to think about because it means that I am focused on precisely the wrong thing. When making a film, I need to be focused on character and story.
Interesting comments about video by James Gray
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