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In a bit of distressful news, it turns out that three major manufacturers of analog film cameras, which are Aaton, ARRI, and Panavision, have stopped production on new film cameras, which very well means that traditional filmmaking is approaching its end. The good news is there are still filmmakers who are still prefering to work with the medium, most notably Steven Spielberg, who said recently "...I'll remain loyal to this analog art-form until the last lab closes."
Now, i must admit, I have never shot anything on film before. All of my previous films have been shot digitally for obvious budgetary reasons. However, as someone who collects Super 8 film reels and is related to someone who used to work in movie theatres and television stations in the 50s, i do understand the importance of the medium. Theres something about the inferior image quality about it that i find intriguing. It helps me fall into the escapism of what im watching, which is wat movies are all about. it makes me garner new respect for the process of filmmaking knowing its created at 24 frames per second. When i see something projected on screen with an incredibly sharp image, it just doesnt feel the same cause i know it was created with tiny computer pixels. Im not saying that digital filmmaking is COMPLETELY bad (again, i use it), but the fact that its completely taking over filmmaking in general is alarming. Just like computer animation: it can be gorgeous to look at, but it shouldnt be the only thing to look at.
what are your guys' thoughts? are my complaints valid or should i might as well be talking to the wall?
That's dreadful news, DarkProphet! I take this as a sign of the first steps of purging the world of all things film. Today a few companies stop producing cameras. Tomorrow all the film stock and factories that make it are burned to the ground. Finally everyone who knows anything avout their production will be hunted down and killed. And digital’s next! Soon pantomime and shadow puppetry will be the only forms of dramatic expression.
It's not a question of "medium", but a question of "market". You said it yourself that it's an "obvious budgetary reason". Sorry, but if any smuck in the world can drop 1000 bucks on a Digital Camera and call himself a "filmmaker" instead of the $10,000's needed to buy "new" film cameras, you are going to have a cause-and-effect domino system in place. Look at something like "Clerks" which costs about $28,000 to make on "Analog Film" and the "Digital Camera-Sound-Editing" equipment you can buy today for the same $28,000.
Cause: Millions buy the 'cheaper' digital equipment.
Effect: Companies stop making "analog film". (Look at Kodiak for example and their stock of 35mm cameras/films) because no one is buying them in enough numbers to justify the cost of making "analog film".
Cause: Manufacturers stop making "analog film" because people are buying up the cheaper digital equipment.
Effect: Companies stop making the film cameras because there isn't any new "analog film" to use.
Cause: Companies stop making "analog film" cameras and start making more "digital film" ones.
Effect: Market gets flooded with MORE digital cameras that will drop the price, meaning Millions more enter the market and become "film-makers" at a cheaper price.
Repeat Cycle until the last few hold-outs for "analog film" are seen as Industry Dinosaurs that are behind the times and unable to adapt to the new market and the way the industry works.
Then of course you look at the industry itself that has PUSHED the fuck out of Digital color-correction, Editing, CG-manipulation and 3-D/HD screens at theaters to show movies and home market. Sorry, but it's just a changing of the industry as a whole because of pricing and usage. Silent-Movies to "Talkies" to Color-Films to "Home-Movies" (With 8mm films and Camcorders) to VHS to Digital. The equipment changes, the industry changes, the average consumer market changes.
It was only a matter of time before "analog film" went the exact same way that the Telegraph office went after the Telephone/TV/Radio industries took over.
Looks like microchips.