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Cinematographers Weigh In on the Future of Digital Cinematography

Madelyn Most has asked several top American, British and French cinematographers to write short essays about the future of their profession in order to make a fascinating, two-part booklet entitled “We Need to Talk About the Future.”

On one hand, you have DPs like Michael Seresin saying, “I guess I have been a bit reluctant to get into the digital world because there is so much beyond your control. There’s a huge amount I don’t understand and a huge amount that’s changing so rapidly…I guess you still need the cinematographer for the overall visual look of the film, but these days there’s a technical side and there’s a creative side. Some people love the technical side but I find it boring. What I find fascinating is the creative interpretation of a story, and that’s where I put my energy.”

On the other, more practical hand, Stephen Goldblatt says, “As far as I can tell, the union (IATSE) doesn’t give a damn and the ASC is primarily concerned with comradeship and artistry and meanwhile, we are being screwed. You don’t have to work in a black tent and we should all make a specific decision NOT to be in a tent. I want to be right by the director’s side, always involved, the hearing and the eyesight of the directors and the actors, as I see it, that’s my job. The technology is available to have everything transmitted accurately right to you by the camera…It doesn’t have to be a bleak future, we can also influence it but you must speak up – or expire.”

Download part 1 here and part 2 here. (via NoFilmSchool)