The Digital Film Making Industry

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The Digital Film Making Industry Digital filmmaking is quickly changing everything about filmmaking. Everyone from professionals to amateurs are currently seeing great advancements in many aspects of the industry. Every year thousands of independent films are made. The vast majority of these films are created using digital cameras and basic home computers. A few years ago this was impossible due the sheer cost of quality 35 millimeter cameras, and extremely expensive editing equipment. Now anyone can make a relatively high quality digital film with a 1000 dollar camera and a 2000 dollar computer. With a setup like this films can be shot and edited, also special effects and CG sequences unimaginable to even professional film studios 20 years ago can be added to these independent films. In addition to the new production advances many distribution advances have been made as well. Ten years ago the only venue for any independent film was film festivals and private screenings. Now any one can make a film and have it seen by potentially the whole world over the internet. With the increasing speed and people that have access to the internet people are able to post their movies online for anyone to download it. Currently most movie theaters are not equipped to show these digital films, and the films shot digitally had to have been converted to analog to be shown. However this is changing. According to an April 2003 article in Wired Magazine Online, 177 theaters in 53 of Landmark Cinema’s theaters will be equipped with digital projectors and sound equipment. With this technology it will be possible for these theatres to show many independent films, that before would have been impossible of the independent studios at such a ... ... middle of paper ... ...ters. The popular television show South Park is also made entirely form computers. Not only are film studios creating digital animated films, but also incorporating these elements in live action movies. Gollum from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hulk from 2003s The Hulk are computer generated characters playing in a movie with real life actors. All of the before mentioned characters were non-human, but there are many CG human appearances in movies. In the two most recent Matrix films and all three Lord of the Rings films many of the fight scenes were done in CG. With the current technology, and taking into consideration the rate at which this technology is advancing, it won’t be long before entire movies will created with photo-realistic humans. Soon the technology will be so advanced that it will be impossible to differentiate between n real life and CG.

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