Monday, September 19, 2005

Digital film = file?

Wednesday's lecturer made an interesting comment about digital film, and whether it's more accurate to refer to it as a file rather than a film. What makes a film a film? Although films are increasingly using technology like CGI and becoming digital, I don't think we will start referring to them as files any time soon. Although it is only one letter different, so I'm sure people could get used to it! The article mentions the "fear that digital technologies are leading film into a descending spiral of spectacular superficiality". I think this could be compared to the introduction of colour to cinema, as creating the most spectacle took over from the plot. The introduction of colour into Bollywood cinema was detrimental as style over substance, creating bright and entertaining sequences rather than developing new storylines, still presides today.

I think digital film makes it easier for unknown filmmakers to shoot, edit, and get their films seen.


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