fuzzynormal Posted May 9, 2015 Share Posted May 9, 2015 This is related to the film making tangent going on in the motion cadence thread.I like new cameras. I own way too many of them. But, I also like to remind myself that the camera doesn't really matter all that much. We can accomplish more by worrying about the storytelling craft rather than the technical craft. And I really enjoy the technical craft, but it's not expression. It's engineering. Sure there's certain creativity there, but I'm now trying to be more of the architect. (not succeeding yet, but trying) As indy film makers I believe too many of us strive for technical achievement at the expense of the other ingredients. This website is aimed squarely at jack-of-all-trade sorts of people, but ironically focuses it's editorial content mostly at gear. Not a bad thing, mind you, it is what it is for practical reasons.Still, many new film makers don’t need motion picture cameras at all. This is a cool evolution of the craft that is happening more and more as we move deeper into the digital era. Some directors are so creative and inventive all it takes is their imagination —and a lot of time locked away in their bedroom in front of a computer. Well, okay, the camera is a requirement for some of the work, but it’s not the priority.Has anyone been following the film making career of Don Hertzfeldt? His films are gems of emotional existential storytelling. Hardly any of his techniques rely on fancy camera gear. Rather, using lush soundscapes and crudely drawn stick figures the guy is able to make narratives that are completely engaging. It’s decidedly low-fi film production, but by no means does it lack in sophistication. Quite the opposite.On the other end of the spectrum are technical achievements such as Erik Wernquist’s “Wanderers”It’s a CGI masterpiece. By Hollywood standards it’s not CGI that’s an overwhelming violent spectacle, but it’s spectacular for so many other reasons. His images, familiar narration (a famous scientist), and storytelling prowess, combine to create awe and inspiration. Images used to create his short were mostly from NASA. With a large dose of patience at the seat of his 3D software he’s created an extremely memorable film.These are just two examples that I’ve been impressed with over the past few years, but many many more are out there.When it comes to films wherein the motion picture camera is not the primary tool what are some of your favorites?It's such an exciting era of film making! Axel and Geoff CB 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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