When thinking about modern film advancements most of the time my head instantly thinks of insanely high-resolution cameras, new editing techniques and new ways to reach and advertise to an audience. In a recent blog post from Vincent Laforte’s, a filmmaker that I feel I personally aline with in terms of style, spoke about shooting on a RED Weapon which films in 8K resolution.
Laforet touches on the fact that you can capture unreal and unimaginable amounts of detail and how that can be used to effectively help drive the narrative and story. His style which I personally aline with is the ‘visuals’ side of the film industry. That being high quality, cinematic shots all put together to show off a place or event and is commonly sed in tourism advertising as a way to engage an audience and drive tourism revenue.
His main point which he speaks of in great detail is, in fact, the camera itself and how revolutionary it is to the industry and how many opportunities it brings creators. As someone who has been lucky enough to have hands-on industry experience with this $100,000 camera, I can contest to that. But this blog that you’re reading now isn’t to be seen as an advertisement for the camera, rather an insight into what the future looks like in terms of technology.
As someone who wants to enter the visual part of the film industry, that’s both shooting and editing, the camera and editing software is very important. In this style of filmmaking, you don’t have the benefit of actors helping you tell the story, rather only to visual content that is put forward. I will link below a few examples of why it is so important for high-quality footage in this style of the film. It is a well-known fact that an audience ill forgive soft-focus footage but will never forgive bad quality sound, which is true but when all you have to rely on is the footage and a basic back-track and maybe a few SFX here and there the quality of footage and editing is beyond the point of importance and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Just like anything that was once extremely expensive and unreachable, it will become easily accessible in the very near future opening doors and create new horizons for creators in all aspects of the industry. I personally relate and aline myself with both Vicent Laforet and Ben Brown (both linked below) as I value and see the importance of their style of filmmaking. It can be used for tourism or even something more serious like environmental awareness as seen in the case of Ben Brown’s Arctic Visual Vibes short film.