Digital Video and Personal Filmmaking
The availability of low-cost, high-quality cameras and Non-Linear Editing systems has brought about a real revolution in mass media. For the first time, the means of production and post-production are available to all. This is especially freeing to documentarians. The exciting aspect of this revolution is that now EVERYBODY's stories can be told; anyone with a passion can get her hands on the gear and make the film that's been bursting to come out. The small size of prosumer DV cameras allows access and intimacy that were heretofore extremely elusive if not impossible.
There are some downsides, however. Now that it is possible to make films on a shoestring, producing and distributing entities are demanding that nearly ALL productions be made at the lowest price. To hit these new low points, the filmmaker must wear more hats and master a vast skillset, including shooting, writing, editing, marketing, even graphic design in addition to producing and directing. No matter how brilliant the filmmaker, these new films are suffering from the absence of specialists and the magic of collaboration.
This session will examine the pitfalls and possibilities we filmmakers encounter in this brave new world and hopefully, attendees will come out with a new set of tools.
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