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Old February 16th, 2005, 11:00 PM   #16
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The availability to tools now that weren't available a few years ago, and the rapidly approaching "affordable" HD camera/projection explosion is going to make some interesting things happen, though. Imagine mini studios cropping up all over the place...just like micro breweries. Local filmmakers will be able to make a film, and have it shown widely on a local/regional basis like never before...big screen, top quality...and in those cases, the cream will rise and the best will go on to national and international releases.

Also imagine how "local" sitcoms and dramas will start to appear like never before. A small town with just one station and a small population will actually be able to make their own "Northern Exposure"-like locals the chance to write, shoot, and air their own creative production-- instead of just dreaming of someday getting a chance to do that in a larger market.

You have to admit that the "tools" today are going to make for some pretty interesting developments. The big studios will still run the show, but there will be opportunities available outside the studio realm like never before.
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Old February 17th, 2005, 06:48 AM   #17
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One of the things that is often over looked when it comes to movie production is the emotional fortitude that you need to make a movie. While it is great that the tools of movie production are becoming ever affordable, some things will never change, and the need to have great emotional resolve is one of them. When a million and one things go wrong, will a person cry and complain, or will they quickly suck it up, and secretly gain pleasure from the fact that they are being challenged? For those of you who have actually made a movie before, you know what Iím talking about. It is this aspect of movie production that you can only understand once you have experienced it. To me, it's not just about script, acting, or how good your sound and lighting are, it's also about how well you can adapt to sudden challenges....and love it at the same time. Just giving a Navy Sealís gun to a normal person (the cheap DV tools) who can shoot really good (scriptwriting) doesnít mean that they can be a Navy Seal in the end (an accomplished movie maker.)
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