“Many directors prefer digital cameras because of their speed and portability. Boyle's director of photography, Anthony Dod Mantle, went on to win a Best Cinematography Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire, the first digital motion picture to do so. He refused to take cumbersome 35mm film cameras into the Mumbai slums, opting for smaller, lightweight digital equipment to capture the place's bustling urgency and flow. The constraints of film, however, force artists to master their craft. An old-school cinematographer like Freddie Young, for instance, could shoot on a film camera with no digital monitor to check his progress — and walk out at the end with Lawrence of Arabia. No wonder, then, that directors like Christopher Nolan worry that if 35mm film dies, so will the gold standard of how movies are made. Film cameras require reloading every 10 minutes. They teach discipline. Digital cameras can shoot far longer, much to the dismay of actors like Robert Downey Jr. — who, rumor has it, protests by leaving bottles of urine on set.”—http://www.laweekly.com/2012-04-12/film-tv/35-mm-film-digital-Hollywood/
I began shooting for the DVI art walk project tonight, ran into a lot of old friends from UNF, met some new folks as well.
I used a slider for the majority of the exterior shots, got some decent results, some not so great. I’m still unsure how I feel about it all, but here are a few screen grabs nonetheless. Due to timing issues I had to cut the evening early so I’ll be back out next month to get additional interiors of galleries and MOCA.
Watched the documentary “Side By Side” on the revolution of digital cinematography. Very interesting to see the history of it, and how people in the movie industry responded to change… certainly some of the feelings were justified. It’s now interesting to see how much more advanced camera technology is getting.
In fact, its just amazing to see how digital everything is progressing… cameras… computing.. software… everything media and how it’s made is changing and its…….. so………fucking……..cool.
The Dizzying World of Digital Cinematography
“To be competitive in a digital world it’s important to understand the tools, tricks, and limits, all with a sense of poetry.”
A great article concerning the future roles of cinematographers coping with ever changing digital technology.