A Ruined Generation
Unlike what the title suggests, let me say from the get-go that this article is not meant to be a bitter scolding of the new digital technology that's surging and gradually replacing film. That would be pointless because digital is the future, and there's nothing we can do about it.
Rather, the purpose of this article is to call attention to the regrettable impact digital has had on many youngsters, undermining their approach and technique towards filmmaking, which in turn is responsible for mediocre movies.
As you read on, reflect on your own mode of production and think of ways you can improve it. If you think I overlooked something, please be sure to share your feedback.
Cheap Medium, Cheap Product
Compared to shooting film, shooting video is incredibly cheap. Cell phones can shoot! When you think about it, the number of people with cameras must have quadrupled in a decade. Well-to-do children from affluent families walk around with digital cameras in their backpacks. Go figure.
Video clips from digital cameras and cell phones can be deleted with the push of a button, so the craft of capturing images is banalized, especially as it becomes commonplace to a larger segment of the population. Since deleting video is easy, people shooting it have no discipline. For them, it seems more convenient to delete and shoot again. Rehearsals and planning, which are paramount to decent filmmaking, become a secondary concern – a big mistake if you're trying to go pro.
The Required Methodology
What I'm driving at can be summarized in one word: "discipline" – which can be defined as:
· Training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement.
· Controlled behavior resulting from disciplinary training; self-control.
A similar word, "methodology" is defined as:
· A body of practices, procedures, and rules used by those who work in a discipline or engage in an inquiry; a set of working methods.
Shooting film naturally induces these behaviors and self-control. Why? Because it's expensive and permanent. If you shoot film carelessly, then the crappy image you take is forever imprinted on the negative. If you want, you could burn the negative, but you cannot delete the image and re-use the negative.
The antonyms to the word "discipline" are:
Are these the words you want associated to you and your projects?
Film Professor's Insight: