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April 10, 2010 / nicotvandenberg

Staying Connected in this Digital Revolution

The Internet was once a young adolescent, which was overwhelming and frightening has now matured and exploded into a young adult. The internet’s ability of networking and social gathering can no longer be ignored. So now is the time for embracing these “Social Media Platforms,” such as, twitter.com, facebook.com, youtube.com, etc. It is the time now to full utilize all the functions these networking sites have to offer.

Being an aspiring filmmaker our industry is comparable to the revolution of the internet. The previous generation of filmmakers are men and women who thrived on the usage of 16 & 35mm film. Today’s generation of filmmakers are exposed to a whole new world of digital technologies. The introduction of HD (High Definition) is changing the way everyone watches television and movies. Prosumer camcorders are at a rate now which are affordable for the average consumer to purchase and shoot their own video HD video. The one thing that I have noticed is that even though we have enter this digital revolution we are still looking back to the days of film, emulating the style and look. The major problem with the HD camcorders is their wide DOF (Depth of Field), which gives the finishing product a very “home movie” look. With the introduction of 35mm Lens Adapters such as the “RedRock Micro M2e” or “Letus Extreme,” has really opened up the doors low budget indies to shoot digitally while achieving that very narrow cinematic depth of field.

Continuing on this wave of technology is the introduction of these DSLR’s such as the Canon 5D mark ii and the Canon 7D. Digital SLR’s that now have the capability to shoot full 1920 x 1080 24p HD video, while using 35mm lens. This has opened a whole other can of worms for the film industry and it is truly remarkable the impact it has made thus far.

This blog is really designed to explore the cutting edge of technology pertaining specifically to the film industry. Hoping to provide you with thoughful insight, inspiration and helpful tips for shooting digitally.

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