The filmmaker today. It has never been easier to make films.

As of 2021, pretty much anyone can be a filmmaker. As with easy access, one can make a film due to the democratization of camera technology. What once required significant funds and crew members years ago, now only requires taking a phone out of your pocket.

In addition, this advancement of technology also progressed through the filmmaker’s post-production process. Asa result, the increased computing power has attributed budding filmmakers with more autonomy. Now filmmakers can shoot, produce and edit films with camera qualities similar to film directors of previous eras.

Evolution of the Filmmaker

But before we look at the filmmakers of today, let’s look at how the filmmaking process has changed.

While portable filming equipment had been around as early as the 1960s with the Sony Portapak, it wasn’t until the DSLR camera that the filmmaker was truly able to create films for little money.

The digitization of cameras has aided the cause as well. There’s no need for big, clunky cameras that require film loading. Nor heavy-duty tripods to shoot with. 16mm and 35mm filming has become more of an artistic choice nowadays than a necessity.

Shooting on film afforded filmmakers less control as production require more precision. This meant added pressure from producers due to film stock costs. And also allowing for less experimentation on the behalf of the filmmakers themselves.

The New Wave Filmmaker is more than a Director

Portable cameras and the advent of YouTube are what has borne in the new wave.

As filmmakers can now conduct the entire process themselves, it allows the new wave more control. Hence, this is in opposition to the typically large film crews and meddling executives.

There are several easily portable camera systems that you can now make films with. They range from the larger cameras such as Sony FS7’s to the miniature GoPros. Filmmakers can also edit full-length projects with programs such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro.

However, there are slight caveats with too much creative control. Filmmaking was initially incepted as a collaborative art form. Thus, to produce a full film, you will need music; set design, images, and many more.

Some of these artistic domains will not be achievable on your own. Thus, despite the increased control that technology has aided filmmakers with, you should still collaborate with other creatives to achieve the final result.

The future is exciting

Technology responds to current times and film technology will be no different. It will be interesting to see what technologies will be introduced or more heavily implemented by filmmakers wanting more control in a post COVID world.

A world will now exist where production companies and studios shift their releases from the physical world to the digital.

How will the further digitization of the medium now affect how filmmakers create?

Let’s see what the future holds.

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